Private Security Regulations passes public participation

Changes loom in the Kenyan security sector after completion of the public participation of the private security (general) regulations 2019 which now awaits to be passed into law. The Private Security Regulation Act, initially came into force in June 2016 setting in motion the formation of the Private Security Regulatory Authority that is mandated to ensure compliance of the set standards with the aim of protecting the public against the increasing security threats.

Under this law, every private security service provider, both individual and firms have to register with the regulatory body thus being subjected to verification checks mainly being basic education and security training. The law also introduces basic qualifications into a sector which has long been unregulated and left for each private security firms to determine what personnel are hired to their ranks without any legal guidance from a national body. For a crucial sector such as security, this is a big loophole bearing in mind the geographical location of the country, which shares a long border line with Somalia, a country infamous for reasons I need not mention.

If passed into law, the Private Security (General) Regulations, 2019, will provide general rules that will go a long way to enforce the private security law. A regulation in the law requires every personnel employed as a private security provider have a valid security training certificate, issued by the authority and has to undergo an annual mandatory security training and assessment at an institution licensed by the Authority.

The aim of these trainings will be to keep the security providers at par with international trends and technological advancements in the sector. The authority will also steer the enforcement of the minimum wage law that couldn’t be policed before the law’s introduction so as to keep the welfare of the private security guards in tandem with other sectors. Very few private security firms adhere to the minimum wage regulations which currently stand at Shs. 13,572 and 15,141 for day and night guards respectively mainly due to the high unemployment rates, employee ignorance and lack of security sector regulation in the country.

All these are set to push for more professionalism and productivity in this informal sector, hence promotion of service delivery standards which in turn will lead to keeping security threats and their agents at bay.

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