Police today issued an alert about companies hiring security guards with criminal records, likening the situation to asking a mouse to watch cheese.
Head of Community Policing, Station Sergeant Stephen Griffith, told the meeting he was seeing far too many instances of this occurring.
The matter was raised this evening at a meeting between representatives of the Royal Barbados Police Force and representatives of businesses operating in the area that falls within the jurisdiction of District A.
“A person who is a security officer must have an authentic security licence issued by Defence and Security. How do they get that? They must produce a certificate of character from the police,” he said during the meeting that lasted just over an hour.
Griffith later told the media police have seen businesses employ people who are “less than legitimate”.
“We want to ask all businesspersons, when they hire security officers, to ensure that they have the requisite documentation to ensure that they do not have persons operating as security officers and not being registered,” he advised, adding that business owners should also carry out their own checks.
“Although you may have outsourced your security aspect, you have to ensure that there are authentic persons at your company.”
Another concern raised during the meeting was the fact that some businesses have nonfunctional CCTV cameras.
The policeman warned businesses against such, adding that they should employ best practices at all times.
“We want to ask all persons who are using electronic security to ensure that it is functioning at all times. Sometimes you go to persons and the quality of the CCTV is poor and/or the CCTV is not functioning correctly so we want persons to, at this time, check and adjust and purchase new equipment,” Griffith said.
“We want to ensure that the coverage by security cameras is adequate for our investigative purposes. The server should never be kept on the same site that the footage is being taken and that is to ensure that the information kept on the server is there and ready for use if there’s an investigation,” he added.