17.01.2017

Weekly News Update

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Kenya (23.12.16): The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, has ordered the Labour ministry with immediate effect to shut down all private security companies that do not meet the minimum wage law requirements. President Kenyatta has also signed a Private Security Industry Regulation Bill as the private security industry is one of the biggest employers in the country. Moreover, the Internal Security Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Nkaissery, explained that a training manual for private security officers will soon be released.

 

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Turkey (5.01.17): After the attack on a Turkish nightclub during the New Year’s celebration, the Turkish government is now contemplating the revision of a draft law for its growing private security sector. The draft law includes, but not limited to, the improvement of training guards like career police officers and the type of areas that these guards are qualified to work in. Furthermore, the draft law contains new criteria for guards’ qualification to carry arms, search suspects and suspected cars, as well as, all guards will undergo mandatory background check before and during their employment.

 

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Australia (9.01.17): The head of TCB Security Professionals, Nigel Walters, argues that the increasing risk of terrorism and gun crime in Sydney means that the law preventing private security contractors wearing body armour vests needs to change. Walters lost the legal bid requesting permits for his staff to wear ballistic vests when protecting clients in May 2016. The Commissioner of the New South Wales (NSW) Police told the Civil and Administrative Tribunal that body armour vest remained prohibited under the Weapons Prohibition Act because of the risk that the wearer might be more willing to put themselves in harm’s way and the potential for criminals to get hold of the vests to evade police bullets.

 

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