A senior police official yesterday met with representatives of private security companies across the Kingdom in a bid to boost cooperation in maintaining security and public order.
Speaking at the meeting attended by senior national police officials and representatives of more than 100 private security companies at the national police headquarters in Phnom Penh, Deputy National Police Chief General Chhay Sinarith said the cooperation between police and private security is indispensable in ensuring security for the public.
“The important thing is to ensure the safety for businesses. We must mobilise all means we have to make their business operate safely and without fear,” Gen Sinarith said. “The important thing is that they [people] really need cooperation between police and private security guards.”
Gen Sinarith said security guards should report crimes to police right away upon witnessing problems near where they are posted.
“Security guards should report to police when they see incidents in their working areas so that immediate intervention will come,” he said.
The National Police yesterday issued a statement on its website, calling on private security companies nationwide to cooperate with the national police when incidents occur.
“The forces of National Police and private security agencies need a good cooperation to maintain safety, security and public order together for the public as well as business people investing in Cambodia,” the statement said. “The forces of both National Police and private security agencies need each other. Depending only on the police force is not enough.”
In Sony, director of PSA security, said that his company has about 200 security guards in Phnom Penh and several other provinces such as in Kandal and Kampong Speu provinces.
“Related to security issue, the National Police has asked us to cooperate with them. For example, if we face any problem like thefts and robberies, they ask us to report it to police or local authorities immediately,” he said.
Mr Sony said that private security companies are scheduled to meet with National Police every six months to update their cooperation.
“It is the first time ever we attended this meeting. After this meeting, we will have another meeting with the National Police every six month,” he said. “Yesterday, we shared experiences between private security companies and National Police in order to ensure the people’s safety,” Mr Sony said.
There are a total of 27,190 private security guards working for 244 private security companies across the Kingdom, according to Lieutenant General Lim Sokha Reaksmey, director of the National Police’s Private Security Department.
Lt Gen Sokha Reaksmey said that since 2018, the department has collected about $100,000 in fees from private security companies, but some of them ceased operation while 59 other companies went bankrupt.