The National Police on Monday appealed to all security companies to register with the Interior Ministry and ensure that their guards are properly trained.
Deputy National Police chief Lieutenant General Dy Vichea made the call during a training course aimed at teaching security guards how to carry out their duties within the law in Preah Sihanuok province.
The course, attended by 154 private security guards from 30 companies, was held at the Preah Sihanouk provincial police headquarters.
“Private security companies that have not registered must do so to get a license to operate their businesses,” he said. “Those who have registered must ensure that their employees are well trained and are equipped with uniforms denoting that they are private security guards.”
Lt Gen Vichea also advised the companies to do background checks before hiring guards for safety and security reasons.
“Private security guards are responsible for providing security, social safety, and also helping to keep public order,” Lt Gen Vichea noted.
He urged the companies to send their staff for training courses conducted by the National Police’s private security management department.
Major General Chuon Narin, Preah Sihanouk provincial police chief, yesterday said that the training course was held to train private security guards on what they can or cannot do.
“More than 20 private security firms in the province have already registered with the ministry and there are many private security firms seeking licenses,” he noted.
Maj Gen Narin appealed to private security firms that do not have a license to apply for one.
Lieutenant General Lim Sokhareaksmey, director of the National Police’s private security management department, said last month during a security guard training session that security guards should report crimes, noting that guards can keep their anonymity and would be rewarded.
“We encourage all private security guards to help and report about crimes occurring in their areas to local police,” Lt Gen Sokhareaksmey said. “We will keep the reports secret and we will reward them.”