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The rise of China's private security firms 
The Hindu|   29 September 2018
> China’s relentless drive under its flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to build factories, railways, and other infrastructure, even in risky global hotspots, is having an unexpected fallout — the rise of a home-grown private security industry.

Security on the fence 
Business Today|   28 September 2018
> FICCI estimates that the private security industry is expected to grow by 20 per cent year on year with the potential to employ 12 million people by 2022, according to its report Private Security Industry: Job Creation and Skill Development.

Security agency says guard was '100 percent justified' in NCCU student's shooting death 
CBS 17|   26 September 2018
> The N.C. Detective Agency, a security company in Durham, said one of its guards is "100 percent justified" in the shooting death of a North Carolina Central Universiy student.

Private security industry is a bigger employer than healthcare in India: Study 
Hindustan Times|   26 September 2018
> The private security industry in India employed 7 million workers in 2015, making it larger than healthcare and almost as large as public administration. Two of every three Indian workers earned up to Rs 10,000 per month in 2015, much less than the stipulated minimum wage of Rs 18,000 prescribed by the seventh pay commission set up by the central government.

RNP, private security firms meet on ‘standards’ 
The New Times|   25 September 2018
> Rwanda National Police (RNP), yesterday, held a meeting with Managers of local Private Security Service Providers (PSSPs) in order to forge a path on how to improve professionalism and standards in the industry.

U.S. Military Contractor In Afghanistan Fired For Wearing Neo-Nazi Flag 
Huffington Post|   25 September 2018
> A civilian contractor working with the U.S. armed forces in Afghanistan has been fired after video footage posted online this week showed him wearing a white nationalist “Kekistan” flag patch on his helmet.

FedExing National Security? 
Inkstick|   25 September 2018
> The return of Blackwater founder Erik Prince to the public sphere poses some tough questions about the future.

KZN leaders rope in private security firms to fight crime 
Independent Online|   25 September 2018
> TKZN Premier Willies Mchunu together with KZN MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda and eThekwini Municipality Mayor Cllr Zandile Gumede today met with officials of the Private Security Industry to find a workable solution to bring about a decrease in contact crimes like murder, rape and assault gbh in the city.

Security industry regulator concerned about ‘warzone’ firearms 
The Citizen|   25 September 2018
> The CEO of the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (Psira), which governs the private security industry in South Africa, has voiced his concern over the use of firearms in areas where they were “not relevant”.

Armed security guards are a problem for police, says KZN top cop 
The Citizen|   25 September 2018
> Private security companies have come under fire for non-adherence to legislation and hiring former criminals to act as guards. The “main problem” facing the South African Police Services in KwaZulu-Natal is privately employed armed security guards, according to the province’s acting police commissioner Lieutenant-General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi.

Congress issues a ‘security guard´s law’ 
Lexology|   24 September 2018
> In July 2018 the Colombian Congress issued Law 1920, which has been called ‘the Security Guard’s Law’. It creates a legal framework for the inspection, surveillance and control of specialised cooperatives conducting private surveillance and security work and establishes regulations governing the adequate employment and training of operational surveillance personnel.

Do Movie Theater Security Guards Need Guns? NJ Judges Say No 
New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio|   24 September 2018
> Six years after a gunman killed 12 people and injured 70 more during a shooting at a Colorado movie theater, judges in New Jersey say cinema security guards have no need to carry firearms. A security guard at a local movie theater applied for a carry permit, which was approved by the borough police chief. A Superior Court judge sitting in Elizabeth, however, denied Calvin Carlstrom's application in February — a decision that was upheld Monday by an appellate court panel.

Palestinian Interior Ministry to regulate private security firms 
Al-Monitor|   23 September 2018
> The Palestinian Ministry of Interior in Ramallah this month began accepting licensing requests from potential security companies, and has launched a process to regulate existing ones.

Two security guards killed in bank loot bid in Noida: Police 
Indian Express|   21 September 2018
> Two private security guards of a bank were killed Friday allegedly by unidentified assailants in a loot attempt in Noida city, police said.

Yemen: Mercenaries trained in Israel lead battles of Al-Hudaydah 
Middle East Monitor|   20 September 2018
> Sources close to the US Congress Intelligence Committee revealed that hundreds of Western mercenaries financed by UAE participated in the attack on the Yemeni province of Al-Hudaydah after they received intensive combat exercises in Israel.

Neighbourhood Policing Cuts Are So Bad, Some People Are Paying For 'Private Police' 
Huffington Post|  18 September 2018
> Neighbourhood policing has been so badly hit by budget cuts that people are hiring private policing companies to patrol the streets, a move unions warn could lead to the “slow creep” towards a “two-tier system”.

Armed by the Kremlin, Gazprom could be the new force in Syria when the troops leave 
The Conversation|  18 September 2018
> The Iraq War saw the use of commercial military forces – mercenaries – to an extensive degree unprecedented in the modern era. One of the military contracting firms, Blackwater (now Academi), saw four of its security contractors charged with killing 31 people at a Baghdad roadside shooting in 2007 (sentences which were overturned last year). That same year, 2007, there was a similar shift in the nexus between business and security in Russia when Moscow’s parliament voted to allow its energy giants Gazprom and Transneft to effectively create their own militaries, with weapons and technology supplied by the Kremlin.

Ex-Blackwater CEO's plan to end the war in Afghanistan 
BBC News|  18 September 2018
> The founder and former head of the Blackwater private security firm, Erik Prince, has said he believes private security contractors are key to ending the war in Afghanistan.

This is how much money security guards get paid in South Africa 
Business Tech|  18 September 2018
> Workers in the Private Security are demanding a minimum wage of R7,500 and are threatening a strike if their wish is not granted.

US-linked private contractors fight alongside YPG in Syria 
Daily Sabah|  17 September 2018
> Private contractors from the United States are fighting alongside the PKK'S Syrian wing, the People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria, Turkish media reported yesterday.

Citizens spend R160bn on SAPS, private security 
Independent Online|  16 September 2018
> The amount of money spent on the SAPS and private security companies for preventing crime is estimated to be R160 billion.

Murder Trial Of Blackwater Guard Ends In Mistrial 
NPR|  14 September 2018
> Eleven years after Blackwater security guards killed more than a dozen civilians in Iraq, the retrial of one of the defendants ended in a mistrial. A court decides Friday whether he will be retried.

Former Blackwater guard to stand trial for third time in mass shooting during Iraq war 
USA Today|  14 September 2018
> A former Blackwater Worldwide security guard will stand trial for a third time on charges that he instigated a mass shooting in Iraq more than a decade ago.

Here’s A Totally Incredible Story About Pro-Russian Mercenaries And A Close Aide To Italy’s De Facto Leader 
Buzzfeed News|  13 September 2018
> A close aide to Italy’s hard-right de facto leader has links to mercenaries fighting alongside pro-Russian and neo-Nazi militias in Ukraine, according to court documents seen by BuzzFeed News that will increase concerns about the Italian government’s relationship with Moscow.

Privatizing the U.S. effort in Afghanistan seemed a bad idea. Now it’s even worse. 
The Washington Post|  11 September 2018
> It’s been 17 years since 9/11, the pivotal event that precipitated the start of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. In recent weeks, there has been new talk of privatizing that war.

Writtle Parish Council employs private security firm 
BBC News|  10 September 2018
> A village is spending thousands of pounds on private security to keep its residents safe. Writtle Parish Council in Essex has paid S-Type Security almost £2,000 to police the village and tackle "minor crime" since July.

The growth of private policing is eroding justice for all 
The Guardian|  10 September 2018
> Security firms stepping in for overstretched officers is another signifier of how austerity Britain is becoming more unequal.

Venezuela Seizes more than 200 Weapons from Security Company 
Prensa Latina|  07 September 2018
> The Venezuelan government seized 267 firearms from companies dedicated to surveillance and private security, Minister of Interior, Justice and Peace Nestor Reverol reported on Friday.

State tracks down illegal security operations 
The Fiji Times|  07 September 2018
> The Ministry of Employment is working on tracking down private security firms that are operating illegally in Fiji.

MEP raises concerns over private military companies 
Parliament Magazine|  06 September 2018
> A report by a Polish MEP highlights concerns about what he says is the increasing number of violations of human rights caused by the activities of private military and security companies.

Murder trial of Blackwater contractor ends in mistrial 
CNN|  05 September 2018
> The second trial of a Blackwater contractor charged with first-degree murder for shooting unarmed civilians during the Iraq War has ended in a mistrial, according to US attorney spokesperson Bill Miller.

Here’s the blueprint for Erik Prince’s $5 billion plan to privatize the Afghanistan war 
Military Times|  05 September 2018
> Blackwater founder Erik Prince thinks the time is right to try a new approach in Afghanistan, one that he says will reduce war spending to a sliver of its current levels, get most troops home and eliminate Pakistan’s influence on U.S. policy there: Let him run it.

Security company in taxi rank shooting has licence suspended 
Independent Online|  05 September 2018
> The Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSiRA) has suspended the registration of Mvimbeni Security pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

Sea Point company's owners in legal trouble for failing to pay provident fund 
News 24|  05 September 2018
> The Private Security Sector Provident Fund is taking the owners of a Cape Town security company to court over a payment dispute.

New private security regulations good for industry transformation 
The Standard|  04 September 2018
> Kenya’s private security industry is a vast and powerful force. In its foundation, it is police power, with origins older than public policing. It is a central player in the protection of the citizenry, business and property. The scope and extent of private security going into the future looks endless.

China’s Blackwater-Style Private Armies 
Asia Sentinel|  03 September 2018
> The upcoming spread of China’s private armies in territories of Xi Jinping’s expanding Belt and Road Initiative appears about to become as profitable as buying host countries on the cheap through massive loans for infrastructure that tie them to Beijing’s political interests.

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