As some Barbadians prepare to stage their Old Year’s night fetes, a Government official warning is them of the need to employ licensed security guards.
Security Officer in the Ministry of Defence and Security Earl Deane further cautioned today that no security guard, private investigator or security agency should provide such services, while highlighting the provisions under the Private Investigators and Security Guards Act.
“A person who contravenes the Act is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to a fine of $5,000, or imprisonment for two years, or both,” he said.
“Therefore, my message to those holding fetes this Yuletide season and engaging the services of security guards, as well as agencies and entities employing guards, is to check and make sure they are licensed,” Deane added.
In a statement issued by the Barbados Government Information Service, Deane also noted that under the Act “a security guard may in the performance of his functions, arrest without a warrant any person who is in breach of the peace, or whom he reasonably believes to be in breach of the peace, or who commits or attempts to commit treason or felony”.
While urging those security guards, private investigators and security agencies who were not licensed to “immediately do the right and lawful thing”, he also sought to warn companies that they could be held responsible for hiring individuals without the relevant documentation.