By The Insight Post Uganda
In a decisive move to ensure compliance with regulations, the Inspector General of Police, Martins Okoth Ochola, has taken a stern stance by halting the Operating Licenses of thirty-nine private security companies in Uganda.
These companies are said to have failed to meet the necessary conditions for license renewal, as mandated by Regulation 14(d) of the Police (Control of Private Security Organisations) Regulations 2013.
The enforcement of this action aims to maintain integrity and accountability within the private security sector, ensuring the safety and well-being of the public.
Several crucial conditions must be met by private security companies to be eligible for license renewal. Among the prerequisites are the submission of an NSSF certificate of clearance, evidence of payment for gun licensing fees or gun rental fees, and proof of an annual inspection of the company.
Unfortunately, these thirty-nine private security companies failed to fulfil one or more of these essential conditions, leading to the suspension of their operating licenses.
To ensure the effective implementation of the license suspension, a detailed list of the affected companies has been made available at all police stations and regional police headquarters.
As a result, Regional Police Commanders have been given explicit instructions to ensure that these companies cease their operations immediately and comply with the suspension.
In order to recover firearms from the respective Private Security Organizations (PSOs), a specialised team of officers from the Private Security and Firearms department has been assigned the task.
Despite the suspension, Polly Namaye, the Deputy Spokesperson for Uganda Police Force, says in an official statement, that they acknowledge the requests for license reinstatement from the affected PSOs.
However, she adds, the restoration of licenses will be contingent upon the fulfilment of the necessary conditions required for renewal.
This approach emphasizes the importance of compliance and adherence to the prescribed regulations, with the ultimate goal of maintaining a high standard of professionalism and efficiency within the private security industry.
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
In recognising the need for standardised procedures, the Directorate of Operations has developed comprehensive Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all private security companies.
According to Namaye, each PSO has been provided with a copy of these SOPs to ensure their compliance. One significant development is the mandatory training that every private security guard must undergo, following a standardized training curriculum.
The successful completion of this mandatory training program will determine the deployment of security guards, ensuring that they possess the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out their duties effectively.
Implications for Security, Alternative Solutions
However, the suspension has raised concerns regarding the security of individuals, families, institutions, and companies that had been relying on their services.
This abrupt disruption in security arrangements necessitates an examination of the potential impact on the affected parties and the need for viable alternatives to ensure continued safety and protection.
Our security analysis team further indicates that the suspension of the 39 licenses creates a security gap for those who had engaged in their services.
Individuals and families who relied on private security guards to safeguard their homes and properties may experience vulnerability, as the absence of these trained personnel leaves them exposed to potential security risks.
Institutions and companies that had contracted these PSOs to protect their premises and assets may face similar challenges, as the sudden absence of security personnel could compromise the safety and well-being of employees and the security of valuable resources.
Moreover, the suspension raises questions about the screening and hiring processes of these PSOs. Clients who entrusted their security to these companies may now question the reliability and integrity of their previous security arrangements.
However, the sudden disruption in services may also lead to apprehension and anxiety among individuals and organizations, as they seek alternative security measures to mitigate potential risks.
According to the analysis team, it becomes crucial for affected parties to explore viable alternatives to maintain their security and peace of mind.
They further recommend to the affected individuals to identify other licensed and compliant security companies in the market. Conducting thorough research and due diligence to identify reputable and reliable PSOs with valid licenses can help bridge the security gap and provide alternative security solutions.
Strengthening In-House Security: Individuals, families, institutions, and companies may consider reinforcing their in-house security measures. This could involve implementing comprehensive security protocols, enhancing surveillance systems, and investing in advanced security technologies. In addition, organisations may opt to train and empower their existing staff to handle security responsibilities effectively.
Still, establishing closer ties with local law enforcement agencies is advised as it can provide an additional layer of security. Engaging in community policing initiatives, establishing neighbourhood watch programs, and reporting suspicious activities promptly can foster a safer environment while waiting for alternative security arrangements.
In addition, temporary or contract security services can be considered as a short-term solution. This involves hiring trained security personnel on a contractual basis from reputable agencies or providers. While this may require additional investment, it can help mitigate security risks during the transition period.
Also, there should be Security Audits and Consultations: Seeking professional security audits and consultations from experts in the field can help assess existing vulnerabilities and provide tailored security solutions. These experts can provide valuable insights, recommendations, and support in developing comprehensive security strategies.
Although the immediate disruption may be challenging, proactive measures and a comprehensive approach can help maintain a safe and secure environment for all stakeholders.
LIST OF SUSPENDED COMPANIES:
- ALPHA GUARD SECURITY SERVICES
- TACTICAL SEQURITY SERVICES LTD
- FIELD BUREAU INVESTIGATORS LTD
- KWISAPH SECURITY LTD
- CRACK SECURIY LTD
- BLUE WATER GUARDS SECURITY SERVICES LTD
- BYAKUNO SECRITY SERVICES LTD
- BLUE FOX GUARDS DND
- SOLID SECURITY SERVICES LTD
- AL-THURAYA CONSULTANCY LTD
- TAIFA SECURITY (U) LTD
- UNITED HEROES LTD
- AZA SECURITY CO. LTD
- AXIS WARRORS LTD
- BUKA SECURITY SERVICES LTD
- WINK WORTH
- INVESTIGATORS AND DETECTIVE AGENCY LTD
- CHRISTIAN GUARDS
- SECURITY SERVICES LTD
- EXECUTIVE SERVICES INTERNATIONAL LTD
- RESERVE PROTECTION SERVIES LTD
- IRIS SECURITY COMPANY LTD
- SHARP SECURITY LTD
- STRAT CORPS SECURITY LTD
- TEBE SECURITY GROUP LTD
- ZEBRA SECURITY CO. LTD
- KBJ GUARDS CO. LTD
- THE GIDEONS MEN
- RANGERŞ SECURTY LTD
- ELGA FORCE SECUNTY LPD
- ANKA SECURKȚY SERVCES LTD
- NDUGARI SECURITY SERVICES LTD
- HERCULES SUPPORTU
- KRONE (U) LTD
- TRUST SECURITYOQMRANY LTD
- STAR REACT SECURITY GUARDS LTD
- DELTANORCE PROTECTION SERVICES LTD
- PREMIER SECURITY SYSTEM LTD
- ALERT GUARDS & SECURITY SYSTEMS LTD