26.08.2016

Weekly News Update

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UK (06.08.2016): UK’s private security staff must renew their license every three years; the renewal of the license is issued by the Security Industry Authority’s (SIA), a non-departmental public body, and is subject to a 220£ fee. The SIA launched in July a new online application system. Aiming at providing a more efficient and convenient services, the system nevertheless encountered issues resulting in hundreds of applications being delayed for longer period of time, leaving applicants unable to work in the interim.

 

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Kenya (09.08.2016): With the new Private Security Regulation A, 2016, private security guards in Kenya have been given the power to arrest and hand over to police any person having committed an offense within the premises they are securing. The Act also prohibits private security agents from infringing on constitutional rights while on duty and establishes harder penalties in case of violation – including the cancelation of licenses and jail terms.

 

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US (25.08.2016): The owner of an unlicensed security company, Franklin Harris, was charged in Ohio for engaging in a security business without a license. He had previously been connected to various severe incidents, linked to mandates where he was providing private security. The court reported the sentence as an effort to ensure that people providing private security services benefit from proper training.

 

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US (18.08.2016): The US Justice Department announced that it will phrase out contracts with private prisons. It has been reported that, these contracts will be reduced or declined progressively as they come up for review. Privately run prisons would not provide the same level of services, programs and resources as public prisons and would neither be substantially economically advantageous. Furthermore, these private prisons would not offer similar safety and security levels, according to a report by the Department’s Office of Inspector General. The phase-out of private contractors comes in the context of President Obama's efforts to reform the U.S. criminal justice system.

 

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Switzerland (23.08.2019): For the first time since the adoption of the 2013 law on Private Security Services Provided Abroad, a Swiss-based private security contractor has been banned from operating abroad. The ban was imposed by the Swiss foreign ministry, against a firm that reportedly intended to train foreign soldiers and provide logistical support to military forces.

 

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Pakistan (12.08.2016): The Supreme Court urged the provincial authorities to elaborate a mechanism for screening and vetting of private security guards. It was reported that many private security guards had insufficient training to adequately respond to their missions. It was also reported that militants could carry out terrorist activities at public places under the cover of a security guard identity, and that private security guards had often been found involved in terrorist activities.

 

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