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LACC anti-corruption, integrity workshop for security sector
Front Page Africa | 28 January 2016
> Monrovia - The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) today, January 28, 2016, commenced a two-day Anti-Corruption and Integrity workshop for senior and middle level personnel of the Liberian security sector. The workshop seeks to enhance awareness on anti-corruption issues and support efforts to improve discipline and transparency in the Security Sector in order to engender public confidence in the Sector.
Non-police doing police-type work operate in a perilously grey area of law
EconoTimes | 28 January 2016
> A violent scuffle at a Sydney hospital this month left a police officer with a gunshot wound to his upper leg and a security guard with a gunshot wound to his calf. Union secretary Gerard Hayes decried the lack of legal power given to hospital security personnel to restrain and detain people who threaten staff: "Consistently we see injuries … to nurses, to doctors, to health workers, to visitors, and we have been calling on the government for some time to have a summit to deal with this." Hayes raises an important concern. For the most part, the legal status of private security staff is decidedly uncertain.
Cruisin' with guns
The Economist | 23 January 2016
> IN OCTOBER 2013 the Seaman Guard Ohio, a Sierra Leone-flagged ship, was intercepted just under 11 nautical miles off the coast of India by the local coastguard. The grey-hulled vessel looked like a naval ship—bristling with antennae and radar—but was chartered by AdvanFort, a private security firm based in Washington, DC. It had 35 crew and carried 35 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition. On January 11th this year all those aboard—among them Britons, Estonians and Ukrainians—were convicted of entering Indian waters with illegal weapons. They were sentenced to five years in prison.
Concern mounts as yet another controversial bill awaits Zuma's signature
Eyewitness News | 21 January 2016
> CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma’s signing into law the contentious Protection of Investment Bill has sparked concern that another controversial Bill, which has been fiercely criticised for thwarting growth and investment, could be next in line. The Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment (PSIRA) Bill has been awaiting Zuma’s signature since it was passed by Parliament in 2014. It will force foreign-owned private security firms to sell off at least 51 percent of shares to South African citizens.
Opinion: The growing demand for private security
The Express Tribune | 21 January 2016
> In the recent attacks on the Nadra office in Mardan and Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, brave security guards tried to stop and engage the attackers at the entrances of these establishments, thus minimising the casualties. In developed societies, the emergence of professional private security agencies has given birth to the ‘pluralisation of the police’ and a public-private policing partnership. Private security has not only reduced the state’s monopoly on security coverage, it has also distributed the financial burden of the state.
Why Is the Air Force Using Jet-Flying Mercenaries?
The National Interest | 20 January 2016
> The U.S. Air Force’s elite Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, has started using contractors flying privately-owned combat aircraft to help train the service’s tactical gurus. The contractors have been hired for what amounts to a trial run. If it goes well, there are likely to be further contracts. The Air Force Warfare Center was forced to hire the mercenaries because budget cuts have forced the service to disband one of its two Nellis-based Aggressor Squadrons.
Young boys recruited to be ISIS mercenaries
The Manila Times | 16 January 2016
> Foreign-trained mercenaries of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) took advantage of the pitiful plight of the residents of a Muslim community by recruiting teenagers to join the jihad (holy war) with the promise of financial support for them and their families. This was learned by The Manila Times from an 18-year-old recruit who said he has trained with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for about six months now and wanted out complaining of starvation and rigid physical exercises.
Former Australian soldiers caught up in Yemen's civil war, concerns for human rights
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | 14 January 2016
> Former Australian soldiers are playing a key role in a Saudi-led military onslaught against Yemeni rebels, in a conflict which human rights groups are alarmed by. The group of ex-Australian Defence Force (ADF) members includes a one-time special forces commander, who is in charge of an elite military unit in the United Arab Emirates. Retired Major General Mike Hindmarsh is the commander of the UAE's presidential guard and reports directly to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan.
Minister keen on airport security change
In-Cyprus | 13 January 2016
> Communications Minister Marios Demetriades has confirmed reports that the government is looking to handover part of the security operations at the island’s international airports over to a private firm. The reports were prompted by a publication in Politis which stated that the ministry was keen on handing over the security services of the airport over to Hermes Airports Ltd “as soon as possible” and that such a move would mean additional costs for travelers. The article also says that police officials are far from impressed with the possibility of such a change.
Unsafe on high seas
The Times of India | 12 January 2016
> CHENNAI : Private maritime security services was touted as a $7 bn business globally three years ago but it is fast shrinking, generating just one-fourth of that revenue now owing to a substantial drop in instances of piracy in the Gulf of Aden. When Somalian piracy was at its peak in 2010, it cost merchant vessels $40,000-80,000 to engage four privately contracted maritime security personnel on board for a seven-day voyage between Sri Lanka and Suez Canal. "Today , we provide the same number of armed guards at $12,000-15,000 per trip," said director of an Indian maritime security agency , registered in Singapore, but headquartered in Mumbai.
Maritime Security: Moving Targets
The Maritime Executive | 8 January 2016
> The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) recently sponsored a maritime security conference that provided participants with an update on piracy and other threats to shipping. The conference, “Current and Future Challenges to Energy Security in the Maritime Environment,” covered a variety of issues but was clear on one point: Threats to shipping, from piracy to terrorism, are alive and well. The Rise and Fall of Somali Piracy - Most of the maritime industry regards piracy as the most likely threat to their operations.
Liberia: Unmil Drawdown Worries Liberians
The New Dawn | 8 January 2016
> The complete drawdown of UNMIL by June this year seems to get many Liberians apprehensive about security and they begin to wonder whether Liberian security forces are adequately prepared and equipped to assume full security of the State after UN peacekeepers leave. The concern has generated much public debate among Liberians with some private security institutions calling on government to grant 10 percent tax deduction to enable them adequately buttress current effort in the security sector.
Rwanda: Private Security Firms Train in Professionalism, Investigations
The New Times | 5 January 2016
> Training of senior managers and investigators of private security service providers (PSSP) and security supervisors of Rwanda Federation of Taxi-Moto operators (FERWACOTAMO) started, yesterday, at the National Police College (NPC) and Police Training School (PTS) Gishari, respectively. The concurrent training, conducted by Rwanda National Police (RNP), seeks to strengthen the capabilities and professionalism of participants in their respective areas of security which supplements the overall policing in the country.
Staff charged with protecting NZ ambassador 'walk off the job'
NZ Herald | 3 January 2016
> Security staff charged with protecting New Zealand's ambassador to Iraq are said to have walked off the job after a pay dispute and claims cost-cutting has put private military contractors doing the work at higher risk. The private security staff are paid by the Australian Government to protect Australia's embassy, which is shared with New Zealand and base to ambassador James Munro. The Australian reported this week that up to 40 protection specialists of the 67 who had guarded the embassy were to be flown out of Iraq as a result of the dispute.
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