01.06.2017

Weekly News Update

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Tanzania (24.05.17): A specialised risk management company, WS Insight, has asked the Tanzanian government to consider reversing the classification of security companies to reduce the burden of taxes which are said to be crippling the local security firms. Last year, private security companies were included among professional services businesses that were subjected to a 5% withholding tax. WS Insight has deduced that the re-classification of private security introduced in the Finance Act has had damaging and deepening impacts to the industry such as affecting the profits and cash flow of the security companies, payment of staff wages and general operational costs.

 

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Canada (25.05.17): A Toronto security guard has been suspended following the release of a video that appears to show him throwing a pair of shoes at a homeless person. The person who recorded the video did not want to be identified but wrote in an email to CBC News about seeing the security guard punch the homeless man before the filming began. The security guard works for the security firm, GardaWorld, which informed CBC Toronto that it is investigating the incident. The security guard in question has been suspended pending further investigation and it is unclear if the incident will result in criminal charges. A spokesperson for the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, A.J. Withers, declared regardless of what sparked the altercation, the security guard acted inappropriately.

 

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Singapore (26.05.17): A spokesman for the Ministry of Home Affairs declared that the Public Order Act was amended to require organisers of large scale or higher-risk events to take necessary measures to help protect against terrorist or public order threats. Moreover, the spokesman highlighted that these legislative amendments will help protect Singapore against terror attacks by improving security at key events and buildings. Two of the biggest private security firms in Singapore, Certis Cisco and Aetos have invested resources to improve security response and preparedness against terrorism threats. A Certis Cisco spokesman expressed that the private security company has invested substantial resources to upgrade the skills and knowledge of its security personnel. An Aetos spokesman declared that a new training module ‘Handle Incidents’ was introduced at their training academy last year, where trainees are taught how to respond to a bomb blast or a terrorist threat. The spokesman also communicated that all officers are required to undergo a SGSecure module, where they are taught what to do in the event of a terror attack whilst off duty.

 

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Iraq (27.05.17):  The highway from Baghdad to Amman, Jordan, cuts through the insurgent Badlands of the Western Iraqi desert, and these days any truck driver risks confrontation with roving bands of gunmen. The American government has helped broker a deal between Iraq and a private security company, Olive Group, to establish and secure the country’s first toll highway.  The project would include repairing bridges in western Anbar Province; refurbishing the highway, building service stations, rest areas and roadside cafes. It would also include mobile security by private contractors for convoys travelling the highway. However, the project has quickly been caught up in tensions between the United States and Iran.

 

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United States (31.05.17):  A private security firm hired by the developer of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline conducted a wide-ranging, multifaceted operation against protestors that included a close working relationship with public law enforcement, documents obtained by The Intercept (an online magazine) indicate.  The reports reveal that the Texas-based pipeline developer, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), hired the private security firm TigerSwan, which used military-style counterterrorism measures against the protestors. Its tactics included protest campy flyovers, video surveillance, social media monitoring, public relations and interactions with law enforcement including placing a liaison in the law enforcement operations centre. Chief Counsel of the Lakota People’s Law Office, Daniel Sheehan, asserted that these state and federal law enforcement agencies should have been protecting the constitutional rights of those who were being criminally conspired against, disrupted, and physically attacked by the private security company, as well as protecting the private interests of the oil corporations.

 

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