Minister Montague wants improved conditions for security guards
Saturday, January 21, 2017
MINISTER of National Security Robert Montague says he will be lobbying for improved working conditions for private security guards. Speaking at an interactive session with heads of the Jamaica Constabulary Force islandwide, at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on January 17, Montague said he will be taking a submission to Cabinet that will outline proposals that will improve their working conditions.
ECC signs MOU with Security Administrators Limited. (SAL)
February 5, 2016
Excelsior Community College (ECC) has established a partnership with Security Administrators Limited (SAL) to offer security training which will give accredited certification to security guards. This partnership was formalised through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by Captain George Reynolds, Managing Director of SAL, and Philmore McCarthy, Principal of ECC. The MOU was signed on February 5, 2016 at the main campus of ECC, 137 Mountain View Avenue, Kingston 3.
Certified Security - Mandatory Certification For Guards Coming
Sunday, September 27, 2015
It will soon become mandatory for persons to be certified if they want to work in the private security industry. As part of efforts to change the image of security guards from 'guardie' to professionals, the Private Security Regulation Authority (PSRA) - which polices the industry - will demand that persons receive formal training and are certified before they can be employed as security guards. Of the island's more than 21,000 security guards, 28 per cent have no educational training beyond the primary level, 60 per cent have secondary level education while 12 per cent possess tertiary level qualifications.
Security Guards Overworked And Underpaid
Sunday | September 20, 2015
A study assessing the local private-security sector has found that more than half the employees are unable to take care of their basic needs on the salaries they are paid and are working in difficult conditions. The study was done by a former community development officer with the Social Development Commission, Deborah Fletcher, who found that while security guards on contract stood a better chance of increasing their salaries by working for longer hours, they often had to deal with poor non-wage working conditions.According to Fletcher, several security guards reported high levels of stress, fatigue, and pain in the shoulder and upper and lower limbs. They also work without benefits such as sick leave and vacation leave with pay.
Ganging Up On Guards - Employees Squeezed As Security Companies Seek To Cut Costs To Under-Bid Rivals
Sunday | September 13, 2015
The battle for clients in a tough economy has led some security companies to skimp on the established minimum wage paid to workers and chop the cost of their services in order to nab contracts. With an estimated 50 per cent increase in the number of security companies operating locally over the past five years, sources in the sector claim a price war is ongoing as companies bid for contracts while attempting to cut cost by paying the guards as little as possible while extracting as much as they can from them. "As the economy tightened, tenders took a new turn. Most became paper exercises which sought to find out that the provider met the legal requirements, and then price was the deciding factor," said Commander George Overton, president of the Jamaica Society for Industrial Security (JSIS), the umbrella body that represents some 80 per cent of the island's private security companies.
Private Security Spike In The Past Five Years
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Jamaica's high crime rate has fuelled an estimated 50 per cent increase in the number of security firms operating locally over the last few years, but the spike in criminal activities is not good news to the operators of these entities. "It's a two-edged sword because the numbers are growing in terms of the industry, but at the same time, all of us have to operate in an environment which we don't find the most conducive," said executive director of the Private Security Regulation Authority (PSRA), Rosalyn Campbell.
Security Guards Kill Gunman During Robbery
Sunday | September 6, 2015
A gunman was killed by a private security team during a break-in at a wholesale on Haywood Street in downtown Kingston. The incident happened about 2:30 this morning. The police's Corporate Communication's Unit told our news centre that the man was among four men who broke into the wholesale. A security team from King Alarm responded to the incident and was engaged in a shootout by the gunmen. One man was shot dead, while the other three gunmen escaped. The dead man is yet to be identified. The police was called to the scene immediately after the incident
Published in the Gleaner : Sunday | September 6, 2015
Bunting urges collaboration in security industry
Sunday, June 14, 2015
National Security Minister Peter Bunting has called on stakeholders in the security industry to work collaboratively in tackling the challenges facing national security. "As minister of national security, I have been emphasising the importance of taking a collaborative approach to addressing the security issues that face us as a nation. This approach is necessary because the security environment and the causal factors of crime are complex," Bunting said.
Private security regulator to consult today with stakeholders
Thursday, June 11, 2015
THE Private Security Regulation Authority (PSRA), as part of the process to amend the PSRA Act, will engage stakeholders in consultation today. The proposed changes to the legislation aims to establish a local industry, which operates at internationally accepted standards. In a recent interview with JIS News, Executive Director of the PSRA Roselyn Campbell said today's discussions follow a consultative process in March 2014, through which the authority successfully revised the registration and licensing fees for security firms and individuals in a seamless manner.
Cash Couriers, Security Firms To Face Tighter Regulation
Wednesday, September 15, 2014
Segments of Jamaica's private security industry are unregulated, but that will change with pending amendments to the law that created the Private Security Regulatory Authority back in 1992. Before the legal language is drafted, the PSRA will be consulting with security companies and other interests for input into the new regulations under which they will be policed, according to the agency's executive director, Rosalyn Campbell. The sector comprises companies that provide security-related products and services such as cash couriers, CCTV services, VIP protection and cash management, but the PRSA has no powers to regulate the entire market. Currently, the PSRA, a statutory body under the Ministry of National Security, oversees contract security organisations; proprietary security organisations such as banks, which may have their own security personnel; private security guards; private investigators; and security trainers. "As it stands now, persons who courier cash are not within our remit," said Campbell. Also outside of PRSA's remit are electronic security providers and those in the business of counting money for banks. "There are a lot of cash management companies who are doing work for the banks. They are counting cash," she said. Campbell says the move to regulate security companies here is in line with global trends.
"In the UK, Ireland, some provinces in Canada and in the US, persons - even CCTV providers - are expected to be licensed. Even locksmiths are registered. These are the requirements of a changing world - to know more about those who provide you with services related to safety and security," she said. The PSRA, which now has just under 300 companies on its register, is restricted to the licensing and registration of companies with armed and unarmed guards. These companies, Campbell said, get 80 per cent of their revenue source from unarmed guards. The number of companies and guards has been climbing steadily since 2009, said the PRSA boss. "What we have observed is an improved level in the persons applying to work as guards. A lot of them are high-school graduates with subjects. I don't know if it's the economy. That's what our assessors are seeing on the ground," Campbell said.
PIOJ recommends 9% minimum wage hike
Friday, September 27, 2013
THE Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) yesterday recommended a nine per cent rise in the national minimum wage, which would increase the current figure by $450. The PIOJ's recommendation, which came at yesterday's final National Minimum Wage Advisory Commission consultation at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security in Kingston, is likely to set the stage for an increase of approximately 10 per cent ($500 per week) in the Government-controlled wage.
Guards Robbed - Security Companies Make Unlawful Deductions From Workers
Sunday, September 15, 2013
The Regulator of Jamaica's private security industry, the Private Security Regulation Authority (PSRA), has revealed that some companies have been unlawfully deducting more than the annual registration fee from the already meagre wages earned by security guards. Rosalyn Campbell, executive director of the PSRA, told The Sunday Gleaner that the annual registration fee for an armed guard is $300 per annum and $200 per annum for an unarmed guard. However, investigations carried out by the regulator's officers have revealed that some companies deduct that amount every time the guard is paid.
'They Are Employees Too' - PSRA Boss Says Security Companies Should Not Treat Guards As Contractors
Sunday, September 15, 2013
The head of Jamaica's Private Security Regulation Authority (PSRA) is calling the Government to arms in a bid to defend the rights of abused security guards who are seemingly working in the country as second-class employees. In an interview with The Sunday Gleaner, Rosalyn Campbell, executive director of the PSRA, waded into the debate over whether security guards should be treated as contract workers or employees.
BITU wants separate minimum wage consultation for security guards
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
THE Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU) has suggested that the Ministry of Labour and Social Security separate the consultations on a minimum wage for private security guards from those for the National Minimum Wage. The union is also suggesting that the government should refuse to grant public contracts to private security firms, which continue to flout the country's labour laws, as well as the International Labour Organisation's best practices policy.
New Police Records Process
April 1, 2011
New Opening Hours
Monday, January 17, 2011
As we seek to deliver a more convenient schedule to respond to the needs of our stakeholders and in an effort to improve our service delivery, the opening hours of the Authority will be changed as outlined below effective Monday 2011 January 17 .
Monday - Thursday 7.15 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Friday 7.15 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Code Red - Private Firms Filling The Security Gap
Tuesday | October 19, 2010
"In this line of work you cannot have a heart," says William Tomlinson as he holds his 12-gauge shotgun close to his chest. Tomlinson, an armed response officer, is on patrol and carefully watches his surroundings in a Kingston shopping mall. His two other colleagues talk to some shoppers, Tomlinson keeps to himself. "Everyone is a suspect," he says, making danger seem like an ever-present possibility. "I trust no one," adds the well-built officer. What about your colleagues? Tomlinson hesitates, mulling over his response, "I trust them. I couldn't do this job without trusting them." The other two who make up the three-man King Alarm response unit are Horace Downer and Stephen Williams.Williams, a former United States embassy security employee, says he works in "do or die" situations. Downer, the most experienced, having been with King Alarm for nine years, is the operations supervisor. Their patrol commences in a jeep. They navigate residential areas in the midday heat, and all seems quiet. Downer and his men don't talk much inside the jeep. They appear to be mentally preparing for the job at hand, knowing they are risking their lives for a pay cheque. An odd calm envelopes them. Radio chatter breaks the silence, Downer slams his foot on the gas, the jeep growls impatiently behind slower vehicles as the team rushes to a signal. It's a code four, which means an intrusion. What are they expecting? "Anything happens," says Williams. Downer speaks up as he concentrates on the road, "You don't know what you're going into, but we don't back down."
Allied Protection Wins Gold And Establishes a National Record
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
If Allied Protection was compared to the olympians in Beijing they would have won gold and set a national record, being the first company to implement the NVQ-J Level 1 training programme for the security services industry. .READ STORY
Heart/NTA Partners With PSRA
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the annual conference of the Private Security Regulation Authority (PSRA), at the Jamaica Conference Centre on March 27, Minister of National Security, Dr. Peter Phillips explained that the training programme would be offered by Excelsior Community College (EXCED), beginning September 1.