20.07.2017

Weekly News Update

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Pakistan (15.07.17): The Ministry of Interior of Islamabad has directed Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration and the Islamabad Police to start an immediate inspection of private security companies (PSCs) operating in the area. The inspection aims to check whether PSCs are complying with the rules and that private security guards are properly trained, security cleared and physically fit. According to the Chief Commissioner of Islamabad, Zulfiqar Haider, special teams will conduct the inspection of the PSCs as there is no checking system already in place with ICT. Moreover, the purpose of this inspection is to ensure that security guards have been trained by the approved institutions and their documentation has been verified.

 

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Liberia (19.07.17): A former police officer and private security guard, Kafumba Samuka Kromah, has returned back to Liberia with the purpose of establishing the private security firm, Total Security Solution (TSS) to create job opportunities for Liberians. Kromah conveyed that he has completed all of his firm registration processes including all the requirements needed to start a business in Liberia. In terms of recruitment, Kromah noted that he was only focusing on high school graduates who have no criminal record, no alcohol abuse and have never been arrested for any criminal acts in order to ensure that his future employees were people with good morals and a good work ethic. 

 

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South Africa (19.07.17): Private security guards working for companies registered with the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) may be exploiting that they are operating legally in South Africa in order to access more firearms for illegal operations. According to PSIRA, more than 2.2 million private security officers were registered in South Africa of which 495, 000 are currently employed. The PSIRA spokesperson, Siziwe Zuma, declared that the industry is growing rapidly and more inspectors are needed. The regulatory authority has supposedly increased efforts to regulate the industry. 

 

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United States (20.07.17):  The Louisiana State Board of Private Security Examiners (LSBPSE) has denied a license for a North Carolina-based security contractor, affiliated with Energy Transfer Partners, which seeks to build the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. The board denied the license in question due to the ongoing litigation filed against the security firm, TigerSwan, by the North Dakota Private Investigative and Security Board for allegedly providing its services without the required license.  The Executive Director for the LSBPSE, Fabian Blache III, explained that the denial was based on the suitability portion of the law governing the private security industry that requires any applicant to demonstrate an ability to function within regulation. 

 

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