29.06.2017

Weekly News Update

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Singapore (22.06.17): The Security Association of Singapore (SAS) announced that it will be promoting a set of guidelines for private security agencies to use in order to identify potentially radicalised individuals. Prior to this, it was that two Aetos auxiliary police officers were detained and placed under a restriction order for having violated the Internal Security Act for terror-related offences. SAS expressed its concern regarding these incidents and viewed them as potentially undermining the confidence the public has in private security agencies and personnel.

 

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Portugal (23.06.17): According to Sindicato dos Trabalhadores da Aviaçãs e Aeroportos (SITAVA), the airport workers’ union, Portuguese airport security screeners were on strike for 48 hours in all airports in Portugal, including the biggest, Madeira and the Azores. The airport security screeners, affiliated with private security companies, Securitas and Prosecur, were demanding for better working conditions, collective bargaining (negotiation of wages) and a career with dignity. 

 

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United States (28.06.17):  A North Dakota regulatory board has accused a security firm hired by the company that built the Dakota Access Pipeline of operating in the state without a license. Attorneys for the North Dakota Private Investigative and Security Board conveyed that the agency denied an application to the founder of North Carolina-based security firm TigerSwan, James Patrick Reese, to become a licensed private security provider. The regulatory board is asking the state district court for an injunction against TigerSwan and Reese as providing services without a license is a Class B misdemeanour under state law. 

 

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India (28.06.17):  The New Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has blamed a private security agency for negligence which led to the death of a nine-year old boy in a compost pit last week in Rohini.  In a report filed in the Delhi high court on Tuesday, the DDA asserted that it had started the process to blacklist the security agency whose guards were present at the scene but failed to prevent the incident. Moreover, the DDA plans to lodge a First Information Report (FIR) of negligence against the security agency as per the terms in the agreement when the firm was hired. 

 

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