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The government has initiated a mandatory nationwide security vetting, training, and licensing process for all private security personnel, encompassing individuals serving as bouncers, bodyguards, event stewards, door supervisors, event security, VIP protection, close protection, and crowd control security personnel.

This sweeping directive was issued by Fazul Mahamed, the CEO of the Private Security Regulatory Authority, in a notice dated January 8, 2024.

The notice stated that no individual will be permitted to engage in the provision of private security services without first undergoing the requisite security vetting, registration, and obtaining a license.

The move is aimed at enhancing the professionalism and accountability of private security personnel, ensuring a more robust and coordinated approach to safeguarding public and private spaces.

CEO Fazul Mahamed emphasized the urgency and gravity of the situation, stating, “In view of the foregoing, the Government has commenced the mandatory nationwide security vetting, training, and licensing of all categories of private security personnel.”

He further listed the specific roles falling under this scrutiny, making it clear that the directive encompasses a wide spectrum of security-related positions.

To disseminate information about this crucial development, the Private Security Regulatory Authority has organized a sensitization forum scheduled to take place at the Sarova Stanley Hotel on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, at 8:30 A.M.

The forum aims to provide detailed insights into the requirements, procedures, and implications of the mandatory vetting and licensing process.

Notably, the forum is free of charge, signaling the government’s commitment to ensuring widespread awareness and compliance.

“For ease of planning, you are required to confirm your attendance through our email, ”Mahamed urged.

This proactive step underscores the government’s intent to engage with private security personnel directly, fostering a collaborative and informed approach to the implementation of these new measures.

The nationwide security overhaul comes at a time when concerns about the efficacy and reliability of private security services have been on the rise.

By enforcing mandatory vetting, training, and licensing, the government aims to address these concerns head-on, instilling confidence in the public and private sectors that rely on these services for their safety and security.

By Joshua Oduor

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