07.08.2017

Weekly News Update

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United States (26.07.17): Police have arrested a private security guard for the murder a man in a car park. Salem police officials declared that they arrested the private security guard after an extensive investigation that included multiple interviews and a review of video surveillance and consultation with the Marion County District Attorney’s Office. According to the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, this sets the standards for armed security professionals. 

 

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United Kingdom (26.07.17): A Harlow security company that failed to protect workers from contracting a serious lung infection has lost a court appeal. G4S Cash Solutions was inspected by Harlow Council in 2013 after a worker contracted Legionnaires’ disease. According to a report, environmental health officers found a serious lack of compliance in maintaining water systems at the site with erratic monitoring and testing systems. G4S was fined £1.8 million in September 2016 and after their initial appeal was thrown out, the company renewed their application for leave to appeal the sentence. Judge Alison Russel QC asserted that G4S was aware of legal obligations and over a period of four-and-half years it failed to act, which could only be viewed as a disregard of compliance with statutory obligations. 

 

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Spain (02.08.17): Workers for the private security company Eulen, which runs the border security at Barcelona’s El Prat airport, voted for an indefinite strike beginning on August 14th or 15th. The workers have already planned a series of mini hour-long strikes beginning this week Friday and continuing on Fridays, Sundays and Mondays. The workers for Eulen, who search passengers, monitor queues and operate scanners, are demanding for increased staffing levels and improved working conditions declaring that they are stressed and work up to 16 hours a day. As a result of their strikes, around 1000 passengers have missed their flights.

 

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South Africa (03.08.17): A security company, The Security Groups (TSG) allegedly used a list of registered guards it never employed to get several firearms, which now form part of a high-level investigation into nightclub violence and shootings. No proper records were maintained for these firearms and they may have been handed to people not licensed to use them. Some of these weapons were initially seized in a raid on April 21 and another one on July 21. TSG approached the High Court for an appeal to return the firearms and the application was unsuccessful.

 

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