Minister Rohee tables Private Security Services (Regulation) Bill

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MINISTER of Home Affairs Clement Rohee yesterday tabled the Private Security Services (Regulation) Bill which seeks to regulate and control private security services.

The Bill comes in light of the fact that there is at present no law in Guyana regulating the business of providing private security services to any person or establishment and the growing demand for streamlining and regulating the business of private security agencies for a better organized and disciplined quality of these services.

This Bill consists of 24 clauses, some of which focus on the appointment of a controlling authority who shall be the Commissioner of Police, whose specific function will be the issuance of license to the private security agencies.

The bill addresses the requirement of obtaining a license for carrying out or continuing private security services, the conditions for commencement of private security service operations, the provision of firearms, ammunition and other weapons by the security guard employed by the private security agency.

Other clauses in the Bill also address the power of the controlling authority to inspect the license and premises of the private security agency, the procedures for filing for appeals to the Minister against the various orders of the controlling authority, and the eligible conditions to become a private security guard.