Weekly News Update

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Guatemala (19.09.2016): According to the “Dirección General de Servicios de Seguridad Privada (Digessp)”, Guatemala has 172 private security providers who employ an estimated 50’000 guards. These private security companies own a total of 70’437. The number of private security guards exceeds by a large margin the national police, counting only 35’400 members. Given these numbers, security analysts urgently call for more stringent control of private security companies. The call for a more regulated private security sector has also been incited by reports of private security provider’s involvement in organised crime.


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South Africa (21.09.2016): A private security company has been accused of using violence against university students protesting over fees. The demonstrations, following the announcement of price hike by the Higher Education Minister, led to violent acts, including rock throwing and window smashing. The university spokesperson says involvement in the violent acts will be investigated and the private security company and its personnel will be made accountable for its acts.


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India (23.09.2016): In an interview with the ‘Business World’, the private security company SIS stressed the core importance of training for the sector. The private security industry is one of the government’s largest partners in the ‘Skill India’ programme, which targets citizens seeking to enhance their existing skills. Two percent of SIS’s revenue would be spent on training, and the company has the capacity to recruit, train and certify over 25’000 students per year.


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India (25.09.2016): Investigations by the Times of India into the armed private security guards in Bhopal shooting reveled insufficient training of armed private security personnel. Security agencies have to comply with Private Security Agencies Rules 2012, which makes a 45-day training mandatory before they are placed. However, this requirement is routinely overlooked and competency inquiries are limited.


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