21.04.2017

Weekly News Update

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United States (11.04.17): Deep in the Florida Everglades, the abandoned correctional facility, the Hendry Correctional Institute, a former high-security state prison complex, has turned into a private training facility. A private enterprise, Altair Training Solutions, rents out the facility providing training to clients across a spectrum of military, private and security interests. The owners of Altair Training Solutions capitalise on the facility’s protective architecture, and its layers of security infrastructure left over from its prison days, to add realism to their training regimens. According to The Architect Newspaper, the public programming that the site offers requires no military training or law enforcement credentials such as passing a criminal background check and paying the entry fee to gain entry to courses.

 

 

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Pakistan (13.04.17): After a series of back-to-back explosions across the country including one in Lahore, the Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) Colonel, Amjad Iqbal, declared that only security personnel of registered government institutions will be deployed instead of private security personnel. Colonel Iqbal also warned that under the National Action Plan (NAP), the display of weapons and the employment of security guards for personal safety are illegal and that strict action will be taken against private security personnel found to be in illegal possession of or using uniforms designated for the army, civil or military institutions. 

 

 

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India (18.04.17): Chandigrah Director General of police (DGP), Tajender Singh Luthra, wrote a letter to the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) articulating that it should direct its security guards not to wear khaki uniform. This letter was a consequence of clashes between students of PGIMER and guards that were passing off as police personnel. Section 21 of the Private Security Agencies Regulation Act of 2005 bans security guards from wearing police uniform, as well as, bearing distinctive marks of the uniform. If a guard is caught violating this law both he and the owner of the private security agency will be punished with imprisonment for a term that may extend to one year, in addition to a fine of Rs 200.

 

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Philippines (18.04.17):  The Philippine Coast Guard foiled an attempted pirate attack on the cargo vessel Doña Anabelle on 18th April 2017. The attempted boarding occurred off Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte— over 50km to the north of the Sulu archipelago, the epicentre of recent pirate attacks in the region. The Zamboanga Coast Guard Station Commander, Alvin Dagale, communicated that the attackers fled when the military patrol vessels approached Doña Anabelle. According to the regional police chief, Billy Beltran, announced that the affiliation of the attackers is not yet known but the incident is under investigation. Moreover, the ISIS-aligned terrorist group, Abu Sayyaf (ASG), has made waters between the Philippines and Malaysia among the most dangerous in the world for maritime piracy.  

 

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