Weekly News Update

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Kenya (18.05.2016): President Uhuru Kenyatta approved a new law on Private Security Industry Regulation, providing for a regulatory framework of the private security industry in accordance with the values and principles set in the Constitution: http://allafrica.com/stories/201605181199.html


Brazil (23.05.2016): A Federal Police report stated that over 30 percent of all weapons belonging to private security firms in Rio de Janeiro end would up in the hands of criminals. At least 17’662 firearms would have been diverted or stolen from the stockpiles of private securities companies in Rio over the last 10 years.  A new task force has been created to investigate this issue: http://www.insightcrime.org/news-briefs/private-security-companies-supplying-weapons-for-rio-criminals


Brazil (31.05.2016): As the summer Olympics are nearing in Rio, violence and crime remain a major problem. As a result of insufficient police forces in Brazil and recent reports putting security planning of the Olympics into question, private security services have become increasingly in demand. Prices of private security services have reportedly quadrupled for the Olympics: http://www.ibtimes.com/road-rio-crime-explodes-rio-private-security-forces-step-protectors-2365180



USA (13.06.2016): The vetting and periodic evaluation of the personnel of G4S, one of the largest private security companies in the world, is under scrutiny after the Orlando shooting, where one of their off-duty employee killed 50 people in a nightclub. According to the company’s statement, their employee had been subjected to “detailed company screening when he was recruited in 2007 and re-screened in 2013 with no adverse findings. He was also subject to checks by a U.S. law enforcement agency with no findings reported to G4S.”: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-12/orlando-shooter-worked-for-security-firm-with-government-ties

G4S Statement: http://www.g4s.com/en/Media%20Centre/News/2016/06/12/Statement%20on%20Omar%20Mateen/


USA (09.06.2016): The district’s mayor and the police chief of Washington D.C. proposed new regulations improving and strengthening hiring and training standards for private security guards working in Washington. Training would address how to deal with active shooters, the study of different cultures, human rights and community policing. In addition to this, there would also be double the mandated hours of training to confront terrorism: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/dc-proposes-new-training-eligibility-standards-for-private-security-guards/2016/06/09/467d0aa2-2e33-11e6-9b37-42985f6a265c_story.html


France (10.06.2016): Euro 2016 poses a huge security challenge. Media report 90’000 staff insuring security during the event – including armed police, army personnel as well as 13’000 private security guards. Private security guards would mainly be in charge of the ‘fan zones’ located in the 10 cities hosting games: http://www.theweek.co.uk/euro-2016/73500/euro-2016-security-lockdown-but-fears-over-bars-and-fan-zones