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NSCDC To Prosecute Illegal Security Firms Next Year  
Leadership |  30 December 2015
> The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) said it has uncovered some private security firms operating illegally in the country and would start prosecuting them from January 2016. NSCDC commandant for Private Guard Companies (PGC), Chinwe Kalu, stated this yesterday at a workshop organised by the corps for private guard company owners in Abuja. Kalu, who called on the stakeholders to be on the lookout for suspected unregistered PGC and report them for prompt action, added that this has become necessary following the rising trend of global insecurity and the need to eliminate quacks from the security industry.

Recruiting Mercenaries for Middle East Fuels Rancor in Colombia  
Bloomberg |  30 December 2015
> Colombia’s government is frustrated at having its top soldiers lured to the Middle East as mercenaries for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates when they are still needed to fight insurgents and drug traffickers, Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said. A Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has deployed Colombian contractors, according to a former army officer who has been involved in recruiting contractors and a senior government official, who asked not to be named because he isn’t authorized to speak publicly about the matter. Soldiers are persuaded to quit the army when their terms of enlistment end by the prospect of earning about seven times as much in the Middle East, the former officer said.

Medical marijuana's big business lures ex-law enforcers 
Associated Press |  27 December 2015
> COLLINSVILLE — With fewer than 4,000 approved patients, the nascent medical marijuana business in Illinois is off to a slow start. Yet it hasn't kept away a cadre of cannabis entrepreneurs who once relied on guns, badges, tough drug laws and lengthy prison sentences to fight the drug.While neither state regulators nor the medical marijuana industry track the number of employees who were former law enforcement officials, The Associated Press has identified no fewer than 17 in Illinois, many of whom have outsized influence — from a trustee of the state's chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police to one-time undercover narcotics officers.

Murder of foreigners boosts private security business 
Dhaka Tribune |  23 December 2015
> The private security providers are playing a huge role as the police’s strengths are not sufficient to deal with the current situation'. Private security companies are experiencing a heightened demand for their services since the murder of two foreign nationals in the country a few months ago. Bangladeshi organisations, mostly business houses and NGOs, are availing the private security services for the foreign nationals that they invite to and host in the country for various purposes.

Rudy calls for quality training in private security services 
IANS |  22 December 2015
> New Delhi, Dec 22 : The private security industry should focus on quality training in security services in line with the vision of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY), Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said. Smart training centres needed to be set up across the country and the focus ought to be on quality, Rudy, the Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, said on Monday at the 10th Security Skill and Leadership Summit 2015 here.

Editorial: When death comes at the hands of private security guards  
Huffington Post | 21 December 2015
> IN SEPTEMBER, a 57-year-old man allegedly wielding a knife was fatally shot by a private security guard in Union Station. In October, a 74-year-old patient at MedStar Washington Hospital Center died two days after a clash with private security guards. And last month, a 27-year-old man died after he was restrained by security guards at a Southeast apartment building. It will be up to police and prosecutors to determine if there was criminal culpability in any of the cases, but the fact of these three deaths in three months demands that D.C. officials take a serious look at how they regulate the private police forces that help patrol the city.

Up to Nine Russian Contractors Die in Syria, Experts Say  
Wall Street Journal | 18 December 2015
> MOSCOW—As many as nine Russian contractors died in October when a mortar round hit their base in western Syria, according to several people familiar with the matter. The incident, experts say, shows how Russia has used contractors to perform quasi-military tasks, avoiding the political repercussions of deploying uniformed troops—and steering clear of the domestic concerns that come with the deaths of soldiers. The Russian government hasn't acknowledged the deaths, described to The Wall Street Journal by three people.

Saudi, Emirati military commanders, dozens others killed in Houthi rocket strike in Yemen 
UPI |  15 December 2015
TAIZ, Yemen, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- High-ranking military officers from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were killed Monday when a rocket fired by Houthi rebels struck a command center in Yemen's Taiz province. Saudi state news reported Saudi Col. Abdullah al-Sahyan and Emirati officer Sultan al-Ketbi were killed during operations in the province but did not clarify further. The BBC, quoting local media and Yemeni sources, reported the officers were killed in a Houthi rocket strike southwest of Taiz city.

Nigeria: Organisers Warn Against Use of 'Mercenaries' At NPUGA 
Daily Trust |  14 December 2015
Ado Ekiti — All participating institutions at the ongoing 6th edition of Nigeria Private Universities Games, (NPUGA) at the Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti have been warned to resist the temptation of using mercenaries in the competition. At least 33 private universities are taking part in the tournament that ends on December 20. At the opening ceremony, President of the NPUGA, Mr. Tunde Akinola threatened to arrest any mercenary paraded by any of the participating institutions in NPUGA 2015.

Boko Haram: ASIS tasks FG on private partnership  
The Sun |  12 December 2015
The American Soci­ety for Industrial Security (ASIS) has advised the Federal Government to partner the private security sector as a way to find lasting solution to the challenges posed by Boko Haram extremists. The African Advisory Council Chairperson of the Association, Mrs. Victoria Ekhomu made this known yesterday at the body’s An­nual General Meeting and election of new executives of the Association held in Victo­ria Island, Lagos.

Secom to start security service using drones on Friday  
Jiji Press |  10 December 2015
Secom Co. said Thursday it will start using its purpose-built drone on Friday, in what it claims is the first use of unmanned aircraft in the world by a private security service. Equipped with a security camera and light-emitting diode lights, the drone will take images of suspicious-looking individuals and automobiles. The images will then be sent to the company’s control center for use in tracking and capturing the people and objects. Secom announced in 2012 that it was developing a small flying surveillance robot.

Australian mercenary reportedly killed in Yemen  
Sydney Morning Herald |  9 December 2015
An Australian mercenary has reportedly been killed in Yemen, alongside six Colombian troops. The Australian commander was named as Philip Steetman by Arab news service al-Masdar, although other media outlets have identified him as Philip Stitman. He was among those killed during attacks near the heavily contested southern Yemen city of Taiz. He is reportedly the first Australian citizen to be killed in the nine-month Yemen war.

Opinion: Let Modern Privateers Disrupt ISIS  
Daily Morning Caller |  7 December 2015
The Paris attacks and subsequent investigation leave no doubt that jihadists were preparing coordinated aggression against the West and that many sleeper cells remain. Recent ISIS propaganda videos threaten New York City and other American targets. Senator Lindsey Graham and his hawkish colleagues are urging that U.S. ground forces be sent to Syria to attack ISIS. “If we don’t do these things soon,” Graham avers, “what you’ve seen in Paris is coming to America.”

Mercenaries in Yemen--the U.S. Connection  
Huffington Post |  3 December 2015
Latin American mercenaries are leaving the ranks of the national armies of their countries to fight in the deserts of Yemen, wearing the uniform of the United Arab Emirates. They have been contracted by private US companies and in some cases directly by the government of the Arab country, which, thanks to vast oil reserves, has the second largest economy of the region. Latin American mercenaries are leaving the ranks of the national armies of their countries to fight in the deserts of Yemen, wearing the uniform of the United Arab Emirates.

Taliban Attacks Don’t Excuse Contractor Non-Performance  
National Law Review |  2 December 2015
Your employees have been shot at by armed insurgents. Multiple times. Your work crews have been attacked by small arms and mortar fire, machine gun fire, and rocket-propelled grenades. One of your teams also was ambushed and assaulted by rocket and machine gun fire. Finally, an IED (improvised explosive device) took out one of your vehicles, killing the driver and seriously injuring two security guards. You suspend operations due to security concerns and ask the Government to push back the delivery date.

Hearts, Minds and Body Counts: The Politics of El Salvador's Security Crisis  
Truth Out |  30 November 2015
Estela Ramírez knows firsthand the debilitating effect that insecurity has on individuals and communities. As longtime union activists in the precarious garment industry, she and her fellow organizers are increasingly fearful to navigate the working-class neighborhoods that host both garment factories and their employees - neighborhoods with steadily rising murder rates. They are also increasingly concerned about braving the bus routes that take workers to union meetings and activities.

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