22.06.2017

Weekly News Update

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Jamaica (17.06.17): Regulatory agencies in Jamaica have been invited to a five-day professional certificate course in International Regulatory Affairs and Reform in order to improve their skills and competencies. The Executive Director of the Private Security Regulation Authority (PSRA) declared that this training course is important to the regulatory bodies in Jamaica as it provides the necessary grounding required for effective policymaking and good governance. The training has been organised by the PSRA and is being conducted by the United Kingdom-based International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS).

 

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India (17.06.17): The Deputy Commissioner of Chandigarh has cancelled the licences of 13 security agencies for functioning without any offices in Chandigarh. According to the Private Security Agencies Regulation Act 2005, it is mandatory for private security agencies to have an office in Chandigarh if they are functioning there. The Chandigarh administration has begun to regulate the functioning of all private security agencies online.

 

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South Africa (18.06.17):  A private security company, Phoenix Security, collaborating with a police station in Mpumalanga is wreaking havoc in the small town of Mashishing, where its security guards are accused of taking over police officers’ duties of arresting, detaining and even charging suspects.  Residents of Thaba Chweu Local Municipality claim that the employees of Phoenix Security stop and search cars without authorisation, and sit behind the counter at the town’s police station, filling in documents. The Director of Phoenix Security, Jandre Stander, asserted that his company has been helping the police as part of a crime prevention strategy called Project Thunderstorm.

 

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Australia (18.06.17):  An internal investigation is being conducted by the Professional Standards Command into the Victoria Police licensing and regulation division after a security guard with previous convictions was issued a new licence.  It is claimed that this security guard, who, despite having his licence cancelled in 2013, still owns a company with contracts to transport cash for McDonald’s franchisees. His previous convictions include his company’s involvement in an armed heist in 2014 and his continued work as a security guard in 2015.

 

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Afghanistan (20.06.17): Ten private security guards employed at the U.S.’s biggest military base, Bagram Airfield, were killed and two others were injured when gunmen ambushed them in northern Parwan province. The Provincial Police Chief, Mohammad Zamand Mamozay, informed the newspaper Anadolu Agency that the armed assailants opened fire on a car carrying the guards going towards the base. Mamozay also added that they are currently investigating the incident. 

 

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Philippines (20.06.17):  After the attack on Marawi City on May 23 and the attack on Resorts World on June 2, the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) deployed private security agencies, whose guards are armed with rifles and shotguns, to augment the National Police’s Aviation Security Group (Avsegroup), many whose members are gunless. The General Manager of Miaa, Ed Moreal, declared that Lanting and Advance Security Agencies are highly visible in the four Manila International Airport passenger terminals to deter potential troublemakers. Moreal also asserted that the airport is not under any threat, but the sight of armed security is good for a passenger’s peace of mind.

 

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