King wants security companies regulated

King wants security companies regulated

Labour Minister, Stephenson King, has expressed concern about the operation of security companies here, telling reporters that he has spoken to National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis about the issue.

“Security now must be seen as a major concern of this country,” King asserted.

He said Saint Lucia cannot treat the matter lightly.

“We cannot allow our security companies to be operating as they operated  in the past. There is legislation but no one seems to follow the legislation,” King explained.

He declared that there was need to regulate security companies and the entry of personnel into security firms so that individuals are not just taken off the streets and employed as security guards.

King said security guards must be certified and go through a level of training “probably equal to that of the police.”

The minister told reporters on Tuesday that when someone hires a security officer, it should be understood that the person  who is hired is competent and has been screened.

“We have a number of foreigners who have been engaged by most, if not all of the security companies in the provision of security services,” the Labour Minister observed.

He expressed the view that security officers are the lowest paid.

“So it is a rush to the bottom and each company seems to be undercutting the other. What happens at the end of the day is that the service is not the best, because once an individual gets a better job he moves out of the security service,” King said.

He asserted that if security companies are regulated and security officers certified, more career individuals  who will be paid value for money will enter the security system.

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19 Comments

  1. Ministry of common sense
    April 19, 2017 at 1:29 pm Reply

    Common sense. In the UK they use SIA. We should have them vetted and sit training at least at the Beraux of Standards office or at Central Police Station. Only after you get a licence to do security.
    Check with the police where they come from if they are not Lucians. Check with Interpolation too.
    Do these security have / use / keep a firearm? Who approved this and where is it recorded and monitored?
    Check Royalty security guard looking at people mash up a lift – did he know what to do or say or act in that situation? Might as well employ a lifeguard that can’t swim.

  2. Ministry of common sense
    April 19, 2017 at 1:30 pm Reply

    *Bureau

  3. sharon terrell
    April 19, 2017 at 1:31 pm Reply

    Well said only one King,Stephenson King.

  4. Anonymous
    April 19, 2017 at 1:54 pm Reply

    Rush to the “Bottom” …..sounds famili$ar to me, like what is being done with the CIP programme….is that a Flambeau Tactic?

    1. Anonymous
      April 19, 2017 at 1:55 pm Reply

      familiar”

  5. Anonymous
    April 19, 2017 at 5:01 pm Reply

    Points taken Mr king…it was about time…some of them cannot even write a report..and please issue them with firearms to defend or protect themselves.and don’t forget to do background check and fingerprint..THANK YOU. I have your back Mr king.

  6. Truth
    April 19, 2017 at 6:02 pm Reply

    If lucians wont take the jobs, hire those who will

  7. Anonymous
    April 19, 2017 at 6:15 pm Reply

    Well secure st lucia will stop hires mad people

  8. Society
    April 19, 2017 at 6:42 pm Reply

    Smh..again….what about all the so called big and small hotels…that does not allow workers unions.. ..not a word…not a word.

  9. Anonymous
    April 19, 2017 at 6:44 pm Reply

    Mr king what about the security at the schools the salary is not good either will they get an increase

  10. Anonymous
    April 19, 2017 at 7:20 pm Reply

    It’s about time. Its really a disgrace to have security officers….with no experience working 12 hour shifts. When three officers can work in a day at regular 8hr shifts instead of two at 12 hour shifts. 4.75 an hour. Chps. And to me all i does see secirity officers doing isnstanding up, trying to appear attentive. Alternative security, gaurdsman, alpha security, armoured….my god….especially global gaurdians that at st.james and royalton….my looord. Afyer royalton is already a slavery ting like sandals, dat security….smh. Im glad that this security thing is being looked into

  11. Anonymous
    April 19, 2017 at 7:54 pm Reply

    No security guard should work for less than ten dollars an hour that should be law in st lucia

  12. Lord help us
    April 20, 2017 at 10:11 am Reply

    Concerned my foot, security guard work 7am to 7pm six days a week any word on that? Why isn’t the labor department saying something about this. All the politicians do is talk with no actions, one have children can’t see their children because of hours they work

  13. Anonymous
    April 20, 2017 at 10:40 am Reply

    I concur with what king is saying;it is about time that security companies are propriety with the law,and stop breaking it. But unless action is taken in regard to breaking it,then this unethical act will continue. To many incompetent security guard on this island,they must be training accordingly and properly. Instead of just giving an individual uniform,and viola! He is a certified security guard,lol,it’s just absurd and ludicrous… Train the people even if it is police officer who must do it,let it be. Also,the companies who are hiring these security firms,need to see to it that the workers are being paid and treated well,because at the end of the day,a guard with a low moral will not put his life at risk,or take his job serious seriously.

  14. Anonymous
    April 20, 2017 at 7:19 pm Reply

    It is a shame the big security companies exploit the guards no one should work for less than ten dollars an hour the goverment should not let the guards work 12 hour shift as this is slavery i want mr king to take that issue very serious or i will tell the american state department and the ILO the exploitation that is going on with the big security companies

  15. smh
    April 21, 2017 at 3:59 pm Reply

    Who train url to be ministers smh url need morr training thann those guys

  16. smh
    April 21, 2017 at 4:05 pm Reply

    Thats a promise for nx election url ca do nun for d country an poor people is people busn u will try an tell dem how to pay or run it pay attention to d people with no. Jobs cos it sims u trying an unemploy people dat not even working for u

  17. Unknown
    April 23, 2017 at 12:47 pm Reply

    It was about time they took security seriously. We want power of arrest and more money. We are risking our lives and being treated badly.

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