27.10.2016

Weekly News Update

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African Union (15.10.2016): Following the 2016 African Union Extraordinary Summit on Maritime Security, Safety, and Development, member states signed the Charter on Maritime Security, Safety and Development in Africa. The part of the Charter that focuses on maritime security issues, addresses regional threats to security such as transnational crime, terrorism, piracy, robbery, trafficking in illicit substances, as well as illegal fishing. States will now need to ratify the Charter to ensure that the values align with each state’s national legislation.

 

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Mexico (15.10.2016): The Mexican Committee on Governance, Security, and Traffic has begun dialogues to improve the regulation over PMSCs. The government has additionally asked for information about which PMSCs within its territory have past criminal records or reports of non-compliance. New registries will gather this information, as well as details about personnel and their operations, to help ensure accountability of PMSCs in Mexico.

 

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Cyprus (18.10.2016): The Cyprus Transport Ministry has authorized for airport security to be outsourced to private contractors. This will initially take place at the Larnaca and Paphos airports. Private security firms will take on an operational support role within the airport, such as checking baggage, patrolling restricted areas, and cargo checks.  Allocating private contractors to non-essential roles will free police forces to work the airport positions most directly related to national security, such as passport control and guarding aircraft and airport areas.

 

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US (20.10.2016): The District of Columbia has launched a Private Security Camera Incentive Program which aims to increase both the number of privately owned security cameras and the registration of these cameras with local police. In hopes that increased coverage by security cameras will provide police with greater resources during criminal investigations, this program offers reimbursement for private security cameras which are installed in low-income residential and commercial areas.. While the police cannot access private cameras directly, they may request footage from the individual that owns the private security camera if they suspect that a crime was caught on film. Since 2015, the program has helped to install over 2,500 security cameras and is expanding across the city into lower-income areas.  

 

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Nigeria (25.10.2016): The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) directed Divisional Officers to ensure that no illegal private security companies were allowed to operate. In this framework, the NSCDC has shut down two private security companies, Nigid Guards Limited (NGL) and Scott-Brain Global Security Services (SGSS), for operating illegally in the state. Reports claim that one of these companies had failed to renew its license, while the other one was never registered with the NSCDC.

 

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Jamaica (25.10.2016): Minister of National Security Robert Montague revealed that his ministry will be signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with private security firms and the Jamaica Umbrella Group of churches in order to forge partnerships in the fight against crime. The MoU will inform how the Group of churches may help the police in dealing with criminal activities.

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