07.07.2017

Weekly News Update

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United States (29.06.17): A regulatory group that reviews the licenses of security companies, the Minnesota Board of Private Detectives and Professional Agency Services, is set to review the renewal application of Monterrey Security, the company responsible for security at U.S Bank Stadium. Monterey Security is currently being investigated by the FBI after being accused of falsifying its security training records for several hundred employees and allegedly hiring people with felony convictions and giving them security clearance.

 

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Gulf of Guinea (30.06.17): European shipowners have called on governments to do more to prevent the rise of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. According to the latest International Maritime Bureau (IMB) Piracy report, 33 vessels were boarded and four fired upon in the first three months of 2017 worldwide. The European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) declared that they would like to see several measures taken including the proper protection by coastal states, an investigation of the potential use of private maritime security guards by shipowners and the establishment of effective judicial systems.

 

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Iraq (04.07.17):  Iraqi parliamentarians have called on Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi to terminate contracts with US company, Olive Group, over alleged connections to the controversial security contractor Blackwater. The Head of parliament’s security and defence committee conveyed that Al-Abadi would soon attend a debate in parliament about the security firm hired to secure roads connecting Iraq and Jordan. The inquiry is based on a report published by the newspaper, The New Arab’s Arabic-language sister site, after exposing government dealings with Olive Group, the Emirati-based private security firm. 

 

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EU Parliament (04.07.17):  Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) adopted a resolution on private security companies (PSCs) by 530 votes to 147, with 19 abstentions recommends drawing up a list of contractors complying with EU standards on transparency, criminal records, financial and economic capacity, licences, strict vetting of personnel, and adhering to an international code of conduct. MEPS have suggested limiting the task of PSCs to logistical support and the protection of buildings and infrastructure, furthermore, it was agreed that PSCs should not be given tasks which would imply the use of force or active participation in hostilities.

 

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Bermuda (05.07.17):  The first group of security guards have been presented with their level two door supervisor certification. The Minister of Home Affairs, Patricia Gordon-Pamplin, declared that the previous route to being licensed as a security guard and a private investigator was to submit references and pay a fee to the Bermuda Police. From 2017, in accordance with the Private Investigators and Security Guard Act 1974, it is a mandatory requirement for security guards to obtain certification. 

 

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