25.11.2016

Weekly News Update

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Barbados (19.11.16): At the opening of the Caribbean Association of Security Professionals (CASP) Annual Regional Conference, the Chairman, Oral Reid, called on local law enforcement authorities to seek support of private security officers in a national peacekeeping strategy. This call for increased collaboration comes after speculations that social fallout from rising unemployment and other economic challenges affecting the region may be too much for the police to adequately tackle on their own. 

 

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United Kingdom (21.11.16): Residents of Woodford Green Estate have reportedly hired private security staff to patrol the area over growing concerns of youth selling drugs and engaging in anti-social behaviour. The Conservative councillor, Linda Huggett, claims that the private security officers will not be doing any interrogations themselves but will apprehend the suspects and hand them over to the police. The head of the Borough’s Neighbourhood Watch, Mark Glazer, is not in favour with the idea as he believes it puts residents at risk.

 

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South Africa (21.11.16): The Department of Labour is hosting a Private Security Seminar targeting captains of industries, employer organisations, interested stakeholders as well as union representatives in the sector. The Private Security Sector has the potential to employ a considerable number of people thus assisting in the fight against poverty and unemployment. There are more than 8000 registered private security businesses and around 479, 617 registered and active security officers in the country. The aim of this seminar is to focus on the proper regulation, inspection and improved compliance in the private security sector.

 

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United States (21.11.16): Churches in Omaha, Nebraska have started to strengthen security in order to keep their places of worship safe. Church leaders say that these steps are warranted due to the string of shootings in places of worship in the last decade. Trevor Thrasher, president and chief operating officer of private security firm 88 Tactical, said that his Sarpy-County-based business has experienced a rise in requests for training from churches in the Omaha area and across the country. 

 

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Iraq (21.11.16): Military equipment worth millions of dollars was recently stolen by an unknown armed group from an airbase south of Baghdad in Basra, Iraq’s third largest city. Yahya Ali, an Iraqi security expert, says that nothing is easier than establishing an armed group or a gang in Iraq. Different uniforms of Iraq’s military and security forces as well as other related items are being sold in major cities, including Baghdad. Abu Samir, who works for a private security company, said that they were in urgent need of ammunition and could not wait to receive it in the proper channels, so they got it from Facebook, which is quicker.  According to Aziz Makki, an Iraqi blogger, Iraq’s Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Communications are coordinating to follow such pages and shut them down. However this strategy seems counterproductive since new pages appear as the old ones are closed.

 

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