11.11.2016

Weekly News Update

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United Kingdom (3.11.16): On 1st November Platinum UK Facilities Management Ltd and its director, Lolo Daniels were sentenced for deploying unlicensed guards following a retrial. The Private Security Industry Act (PSIA) offences were discovered in 2012 when Security Industry Act investigators inspected several security companies that were preparing to supply security to the Olympic Games.

 

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Canada (6.11.16): A research report for Public Safety Canada claims that there is little to no governance or oversight of private security firms in Canada. There are no mechanisms that require standardised reporting by private security firms. The report highlights that the number of licensed private security companies and individuals are outpacing the growth of public police officers. In 2012, according to the report, there were about 14,000 individuals and 3,000 businesses licensed in Canada’s private security industry. That marks a 40-per-cent increase in five years.

 

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Australia (7.11.16): The Salvation Army in Australia has partnered with a private security company, Protective Group, in a large-scale project to provide safety solutions to family violence victims. It has been reported that there are concerns about the use of private security providers working in this area because there are no specific accreditations or regulatory system yet in place to control further expansion.

 

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Jamaica (8.11.16): Following a series of attacks on schoolchildren, some which have been fatal, the Ministry of Education has made a decision to contract private security companies as well as increase police controls in parts of the island. The Minister noted that 280 trained personnel have already been deployed to the schools.

 

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