BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- City & Guilds has announced that it is working closely with private security companies (PSCs) to support the growing industry within the region. The City & Guilds international award in security personnel is being launched in Jamaica for people who work or are interested in working as security guards.
Guy Hewitt, City & Guilds regional manager, noted that, despite the ongoing economic recession in the Caribbean, this sector continues to expand, “due in part to the increase of criminal activity and also the erosion of local structures that previously supported community and neighbourhood surveillance.”
Hewitt advised that there had been “significant developments” in the private security sector within the region. “New legislation is being prepared in St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. Jamaica already has a national regulatory body. Similarly, CARICOM approved a crime and security strategy in earlier this year that speaks to ‘the integration of the private security industry into any security plan is critical in achieving a safe and secure environment for CARICOM.’”
He also stated that, in the strategy, member states agreed to “encourage a more cooperative approach between law enforcement and the private security industry in the region.”
It was also noted that, during the 2013 summer recess, the University of the West Indies (UWI) at St Augustine with Project Ploughshares, a Canadian NGO specializing in peace and conflict issues, organised a policy roundtable in Trinidad to analyze PSCs in each country, as well as current national laws and regulations related to the private security industry.
The case study data is to provide a picture of the roles and functions of PSCs for use by government regulators for policy formulation, by the industry to raise standards, and to enhance the security of people in the region.
Marva Duncanson, the City & Guilds Jamaica representative, who is coordinating the rollout of the security qualifications, confirmed, “The award cover areas like: how the security industry operates, legislation, codes of practice, day-to-day duties, dealing with emergencies, and communication skills”.
She also advised that endorsements and approvals from national regulatory authorities are being sought.
City & Guilds highlighted that this qualification enhances career progression as it is related those approved by the UK Security Industry Authority as the licence to practice and is “widely accepted by institutions and corporations around the world as the benchmark for workplace excellence”.
In 2012, City & Guilds, in collaboration with the UK Ministry of Defence, provided the qualifications in security guarding for the 12,000 soldiers who worked at the London Olympics. City & Guilds also offers the maritime security operative (MSO) qualification, which is the only UK accredited qualification based directly on the new international standard for providing privately contracted armed security personnel onboard vessels.