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3 Russian journalists shooting a documentary on Russian mercenaries were reportedly just killed in the Central African Republic 
Business Insider|  31 July 2018
> Three Russian journalists shooting a documentary on the Wagner Group, a Russian mercenary group, were reportedly killed on Tuesday in the Central African Republic, according to TV Rain, a Russian news channel.

Eight security guards held for posing as cops 
The Phnom Penh Post|  26 July 2018
> The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday put eight men in pre-trial detention after they were arrested for impersonating army and police officers and possessing unauthorised weapons. The men worked as security guards at private banks and financial institutions and were arrested last week, Lim Sokha Reaksmey, head of the Interior Ministry’s anti-gambling and private security department said.

Police Chief Lauds Emergence Of Private Security In Ghana 
Modern Ghana|  22 July 2018
> Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Edward Tabir, and Director-General of Private Security Operations Directorate at the Police Headquarters says the emergence of the Private Security Industry (PSI) onto the security landscape is refreshing.

Tighter security cover for 16 Metro stations 
Telangana Today|  22 July 2018
> With Metro services set to commence on the Ameerpet-LB Nagar route next month, Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) is beefing up security measures at the stations by deploying private security guards in addition to the police personnel.

Unlicensed security guard in fatal bank shooting acted quickly, silently 
Wisconsin State Journal |  22 July 2018
> When convicted bank robber Luis Marty Narvaez walked into the Far East Side Madison branch of Chase Bank on the afternoon of March 1, 24-year-old Charles Daehling was just weeks into his position as an armed, undercover security guard working without a state license and under contract to an unlicensed and now-defunct Nebraska security firm.

Baton Rouge lounge guard's gunfire justified -- and reminder of big issue in security industry 
The Advocate |  22 July 2018
> The security guard who shot and killed a man outside a Baton Rouge hookah lounge earlier this month was not registered to work in the industry, as required under state law. But police have nonetheless ruled the shooting justified based on the circumstances.

Private security agencies under lens 
The Times of India |  20 July 2018
> The home department has instructed the police to strictly comply with the Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act, 2005, to avert possible security risk as many such agencies are conducting their operations without properly verifying the background of the personnel they employ.

Training must for private guards: Hry police 
Business Standard |  20 July 2018
> The Haryana Police has made it mandatory for every guard and supervisor employed by private security agencies to undergo training at recognised institutes.

Unlicensed security agencies under scanner 
The New Indian Express |  19 July 2018
> The special branch of Kerala police has given directions to private security agencies without licence to stop functioning and approach the state controlling authority for getting one.

The secretive world of mercenaries and private armies 
ABC Local |  18 July 2018
> ABC Radio Conversations: Since the early 90s Sarah Percy has been studying the role of unconventional combatants. When private military companies became a crucial element of U.S. engagement in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, she was invited to advise on how they might be regulated.

Security on the streets? 
The Oshawa Express |  18 July 2018
> The Downtown Oshawa BIA is looking into the possibility of hiring a private security firm to patrol the streets of the city’s central district, and business owners appear to be on board.

Global Private Security Services Market 2018-2022 
The Daily Times |  17 July 2018
> Analysts forecast the global private security services market to grow at a CAGR of over 6% during the forecast period, according to their latest market research report.

Private security guards to replace police officers at Amesbury cordons 
ITV |  17 July 2018
> Private security guards will take over from police officers to operate cordons in the Amesbury Novichok inquiry.

Private security industry feels the pinch of GST 
The Statesman |  17 July 2018
> The Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI) on Monday opposed the collection of Goods and Service Tax (GST) from service provider and demanded that it be received from the service receiver, instead.

NSCDC to conduct biometric for housemaids, others 
New Telegraph Online |  16 July 2018
> To check crimes, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) said it would soon begin biometric data-capturing of private security guards, house boys and girls, as well as drivers.

The soft powers China needs to be a global force in high-risk private security 
South China Morning Post |  16 July 2018
> Chinese companies must offer better wages and training in foreign languages to move personnel up to the next level, insiders say.

Why a private US military firm is of value to China’s belt and road mission 
South China Morning Post |  15 July 2018
> More Chinese companies are fanning out along the New Silk Road into high-risk countries but domestic security firms are not keeping up with the demand.

Trump’s arms export rules will undermine US security and risk human rights abuses 
The Hill |  15 July 2018
> The proposed rule would make it easier for private military contractors like the firm formerly known as Blackwater to train foreign security forces without a license, even for destinations like Libya and China that raise significant security concerns.

World War 3: Putin under pressure to admit presence of mercenary soldiers in Syria 
Express |  13 July 2018
> Vladimir Putin is under pressure to recognise that private military companies (PMCs) are fighting in Syria alongside Russian fighters, which could affect secret operations in the Syrian war.

Extra security patrols in Martock 'have made a difference' 
BBC News |  13 July 2018
> Martock Parish Council has used Atlas UK Security Services since April in a bid to combat "threats of violence, late night noise and loud music".

Security companies are ‘A law unto themselves’ 
IOL |  13 July 2018
> The “gung-ho” attitude of some private security companies when dealing with suspects was a recipe that would jeopardise criminal cases when taken to court.

Amid Mueller probe, Blackwater founder pitches mercenary takeover of Afghan War 
ABC News |  12 July 2018
> Blackwater founder Erik Prince, who is facing scrutiny in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, is reprising his role as America’s most famous private military contractor, hawking a proposal to turn over U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan to mercenaries.

2 private security guards charged in connection to killing near Kansas City bar 
KCTV5 News |  11 July 2018
> Two security guards have been charged in connection to the fatal shooting of Kevin Thomas.

Human Rights Violations by Saudi-Coalition Mercenaries Spark Mass Mobilization of Volunteer Fighters to Yemen's Southwest 
Mint Press News |  11 July 2018
> The Saudi-led coalition, unable to secure control of the strategic port city of Hodeida, has recently flooded the cities and towns surrounding Hodeida with foreign and indigenous mercenaries, hoping to bring the port city to its knees by taking control of the surrounding region.

Could the $76 billion per year U.S. war in Afghanistan be privatized? 
Newsweek |  11 July 2018
> The U.S. government spends about $76 billion per year on the war in Afghanistan, and the founder of private military company Blackwater said the country can significantly reduce that cost by turning to mercenaries.

Kremlin pressed to legalize private military companies 
Al-Monitor |  11 July 2018
> Russian war veterans are demanding that President Vladimir Putin take adequate steps to legalize private military companies. In a statement sent to the Russian leader, the veterans demanded not only the legalization of these private soldiers, but also an official recognition that Russian contractors are involved in the Syrian conflict.

I spent my career in the British Army and I know the dangers of privatising the battlefield 
Independent |  11 July 2018
> Private contractors play a valuable role in many elements of conflict but the 'ethics' of war require a core of state-based military experience

Outsourcing war: How foreigners and mercenaries power UAE's military 
Middle East Eye |  11 July 2018
> UAE’s futuristic cities and booming economy were built on foreign know-how and labour funded by petro dollars, and its military is no different.

Is Union Station, "Denver's Living Room," Really Open to All? 
Westword |  10 July 2018
> On May 17, a skinny fifty-year-old black man showed up at the Denver Police Department’s District 5 headquarters in Montbello to report an assault that had taken place nearly a month earlier. Officer Theresa Bergstrom was on hand to take down the man’s account, and it was quite a tale: He claimed that multiple private security guards had beaten him up inside a bathroom at Union Station nearly a month earlier, during the early hours of April 20.

Russia Should Admit It Uses Mercenaries 
Bloomberg |  09 July 2018
> The Kremlin has been unable to conceal its use of mercenaries for its military interventions because the nationalist fringe — which supplies many of the soldiers for hire – openly discusses their role. That and other considerations make it likely that Russia will eventually admit it’s using private troops.

Vladimir Putin told to stop lying about Russian secret forces in Syria 
Newsweek |  06 July 2018
> Russian veterans called on their government to admit it sends secret private military contractors to fight in Syria, in a bid to secure financial and medical benefits for thousands of fighters and their families.

The Puzzle of Russian Behavior in Deir Al-Zour 
War on the Rocks |  05 July 2018
> SA frightening event in U.S.-Russia relations unfolded in February near Deir al-Zour in eastern Syria, as both sides battled the remnants of the Islamic State. In violation of a 2015 deconfliction agreement that divided the area into zones of Russian and U.S. military control, around 500 pro-Syrian fighters – most of whom spoke Russian, but whose citizenship remains unverified – crossed the Euphrates River to the U.S. side from the Russian-controlled zone.

Communal clash: SARS arrests 37 suspected mercenaries in Cross River 
Daily Post |  04 July 2018
> Special Anti Robbery Squads (SARS) in Cross River State has arrested 37 suspected mercenaries in Ukelle, Yalla local government area of Cross River State.

Increased allowances for security guards 
Jamaica Observer |  03 July 2018
> The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has released additional information on the new minimum rates to be paid to private security guards as of August 1.

SOSi Awarded Contract by U.S. Army to Provide Intelligence Technical Support Services Across Europe 
SOS International |  03 July 2018
> SOS International LLC (SOSi) announced today it was the sole awardee of a $78M Indefinite Delivery Indefinitely Quality (IDIQ) firm-fixed-price contract providing technical support to the Intelligence Directorate of U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR). During the contract term, SOSi will provide intelligence analysis, operations and planning, security support, and information systems operation, maintenance, and sustainment across the USAREUR area of operations.

Private security firms employ 100k guards 
The Kathmandu Post |  03 July 2018
> The number of private security companies has jumped along with a rise in investment and crime rates. These firms employ nearly 100,000 registered security officers who guard business premises across Nepal. This figure is almost equal to the number of Armed Police and Nepal Police personnel.

National Police wants private security firms registered with ministry 
Khmer Times |  03 July 2018
> The National Police yesterday called on unregistered private security firms to apply for a license to avoid legal repercussions.

One arrested after Centurion shootout 
Centurion Rekord |  02 July 2018
> A shootout between private security companies and a suspected burglar in Wierda Park ensued on Monday afternoon.

Nigeria: Five Abducted As Villagers Attack Guards Securing NNPC Pipelines 
All Africa |  02 July 2018
> Five personnel attached to Topline Security, a private outfit securing the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline at Atlas Cove, are still missing while two others were severely injured during an attack on them by villagers who aid suspected pipeline vandals at the Atlas Cove at the weekend.

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