28.08.2017

Weekly News Update

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Spain (13.08.17): Barcelona airports have been affected by a continuous 24-hour strike by private security workers. The security workers are demanding an increase of 15 monthly payments of €250, paid over a 12-month period, while the company is offering 12 payments of €200, which the workers have rejected. The Spanish minister for Infrastructure, Íñigo de la Serna, declared that he would send in the police to ensure that the airport continued to function if they voted to walk out. Moreover, De la Serna asserted that the strike does not only affect passengers and the image of the country, but also security and public order. 

 

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India (16.08.17): According to the President of Security Agencies Telangana (SAT), D Swamy Reddy, 85% of private security agencies in the city of Hyderabad do not have a private security agency regulation act (PSARA) license, which is mandatory. According to Reddy, only 134 security agencies in the city have received their licenses. PSARA was introduced in 2005 in order to reduce the crime rate and regularise the agencies in the city but the issue in Hyderabad is that most of the clientele prefer security agencies without a license because these companies are much cheaper than the credible agencies.

 

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United States (16.08.17): The Oregon Private Security and Investigator Policy Committee want the power to order medical exams for armed security guards who are suspected of having emotional problems that endanger public safety. The Oregon Department were able to adopt the rule temporarily on 23rd June and is looking to make it permanent. This rule stops regulators to immediately disarm guards or to suspend their certifications and only applies to armed security guards and private security firearms instructors. This rule was incited by a high-profile case involving an unarmed private security guard accused of aggravated murder. 

 

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Ghana (18.08.17): A taskforce comprising the Police and personnel of the Private Security Operations Unit of the Ministry of Interior arrested five security companies in Accra for unlawful conduct. Some personnel of the five security companies were arrested for operating without a license whilst others were charged for unlawfully posing as police officers by wearing uniforms that had a resemblance with that of the police, having pepper spray and handcuffs. The arrests were part of the measures set by the Ministry of the Interior and the Ghana Police Service to clean up the operations of private security institutions to tighten national security.

 

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