30.03.2017

Weekly News Update

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Rwanda (25.03.17): The Mayor of the City of Kigali (CoK), Pascal Nyamurinda, stated that ‘inclusiveness between security institutions, private security firm and the general public build a strong bond in the face of emerging threats to development’. He was speaking at a meeting aimed at streamlining and implementing security related strategies and plans in order to secure public places. Moreover, discussions about the challenges and best practices of coordination between public and private security providers were also held. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Denis Basabose, challenged security managers from private security companies to be innovative.

 

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Trinidad and Tobago (26.03.17): The escalating crime rates, the inability of the police to handle the volume of criminal acts and the loss of jobs due to the economic downturn has forced several homeowners to take security into their own hands. According to the managing director of the private security company of AE Tactical, Luke Hadeed, more people are coming to the company for defensive tactics training. According to the managing Director of Shield Security Services Ltd, Simon Sobrian, the security industry has grown by at least 30 per cent in the last two years. 

 

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Switzerland (26.03.17): Figures from economic information service, Bisnode D&B, reveal that 689 new private security firms have been created in Switzerland in the last five years. The President of the Swiss Police Officer’s Association, Johanna Bundi Ryser, stated that private security companies are taking over more and more tasks in the public sphere, for which the different police forces are actually responsible. However, the Secretary General of the Conference of Directors of Cantonal Departments of Justice and Police claims that the lack of competency standards of the companies is a concern as it is not possible to ensure that the company owners and their employees are fit for duty and have a good reputation.

 

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United States (27.03.17):  An anonymous survey from the University of Washington (UW) Panhellenic Association asking women to report any incidents of sexual harassment from security guards led the Panhellenic and the Interfraternity Council (IFC) into an investigation of the three security companies UW fraternities use at their parties. Washington state law requires all private security companies and guards to be licensed, bonded and insured. The investigation revealed that the security companies were not licensed, (making the companies illegitimate), and revealed that the companies had not run background checks on their employees. The Panhellenic Vice President of Membership Development, Grace Woodward, and the Chief Justice of the IFC, Hunter Dale Cooper, are looking into other security companies that are both reputable and licensed. Moreover, they are planning to change the Panhellenic and IFC bylaws to require licensed, bonded and insured security companies.

 

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