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National Police wants private security firms registered with ministry

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A private security guard in Phnom Penh. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The National Police yesterday called on unregistered private security firms to apply for a license to avoid legal repercussions.

Lieutenant General Dy Vichea, deputy chief of the National Police, said that measures will be taken against companies that do not have approval from the Interior Ministry to operate.

Lt Gen Vichea, who is also director of the Central Security Department at the ministry, said that private security guards must be registered.

“Any security firms that do not have a license from the ministry and still continue to run their business by recruiting are considered illegal,” he said. “The National Police will take action against them.”

Lt Gen Vichea added that this is due to private security officers’ authorisation to cooperate and work with law enforcement officers.

“The implementation of authority is an offence and the jurisdiction of private security firms are limited by the law,” he said.

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