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Security guards urged to report drug abuse at clubs

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

The National Police yesterday urged private security firms in the Kingdom to have their security guards report drug-related crimes that occur in KTVs or nightclubs where they are stationed.

Lieutenant General Lim Sokha Reaksmey, director of the National Police’s private security management department, said during a private security guard training programme that the guards can play a supporting role in the country’s target to eliminate the use and distribution of drugs in all entertainment centres by the end of the year.

He said private security guards have been given permission to arrest any suspects involved in drug use and distribution, and should report the wrongdoings to the police quickly for legal action to be taken.

“Private security guards, who are stationed at KTVs and nightclubs, are now authorised to take action and stop anyone suspected of committing drug-related crimes before handing them over to our police,” Lt Gen Sokha Reaksmey said.

He noted that private security guards, who receive training from the National Police, play an active role in maintaining social order, including protecting the national interest and aiding its development.

“They are trained to aid local authorities to maintain public order and security,” Lt Gen Sokha Reaksmey said. “They are extra forces to protect citizens and not only the private firms that they work for.”

However, he said the security guards have to operate within the legal framework and not act beyond the scope of their duties.

Lt Gen Sokha Reaksmey said the National Police’s private security management department has so far trained 3,000 security guards with professional skills and capacities in accordance with the law.

According to a Department of Private Security Management report, nearly 30,000 security guards work for 244 private security companies across the Kingdom.

The report noted that private security agencies, in collaboration with the police, have worked to prevent over 2,000 crimes over the past three years.

Leng Kim Sreav, operating manager of Security Safety for You, yesterday said his company is aware of the fight against drugs in nightclubs and KTVs.

However, he said his company no longer offers security guards to entertainment venues where they are at risk of being convinced to get involved in the drug business.

“Some of them have been dragged into using and distributing drugs and they caused many problems,” he said. “The company has cautioned them about the issue but it is hard to control the situation when they are stationed at such risky venues.”

Yong Kim Eng, president of the People Centre for Development and Peace, yesterday suggested that security firms should regularly conduct tests on employees stationed at the locations where drug use is common.

“In order for a private security guard to take action or report a drug-related crime, we must make sure that they are not in cahoots with drug dealers,” he said. “If we don’t take serious action on this, private security guards could potentially become agents of drug distributors.”

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