The government has started the process of registering private security guards in the country to enhance accountability and address deep-rooted human resource issues that have dogged the industry.
Through the Private Security Regulatory Authority (PSRA), the state is seeking to establish a centralized database of the entire workforce in the sector.
According to the Ministry of Interior and National Administration, the registration will harmonize enforcement of compliance with the country’s labor laws and professional ethics and standards.
Interior Principal Secretary Dr. Raymond Omollo stated that the registration will institute a clear regulatory and supervisory regime.
Further, he says this will facilitate monitoring of the operations of private security companies and track the conduct of their personnel.
“This is another statement on the accountability front. This essential step will not only foster a higher level of professionalism within the industry but also provide a structured framework for monitoring and regulating their activities while on duty,” said PS Omollo.
Speaking in Kisumu during the launch of the registration drive, the PS noted that they conceptualized the idea in recognition of the private sector’s immense contribution to Kenya’s security preparedness, job creation as well as economic growth.
“We recognize that private security guards can be cogent partners for maintenance of law and order. That is why we have come out strongly to prescribe this move to better track, evaluate, and elevate the quality of their services within our communities,” he said.
In addition, PS Omollo described the process as critical in the country’s national security framework.
Security Guards Licenses
Also, the scope of the planned cross-cutting reforms will also be extended to the implementation of an inclusive approach to discipline and fair resolution of complaints within the sector.
The registration exercise comes weeks after the unveiling of a standardized training curriculum for the sector, with graduating guards set to be assigned unique service numbers for easy identification and recognition by members of the public.
According to the PS, the guards will also be issued with licenses that will enable them to practice in the country and even open more opportunities for them across borders.
International Partners& Individuals
The PS also appealed to local and international partners to plug into the comprehensive reform agenda and called for more investment in the establishment of modern training facilities with the capacity to meet the global security standards.
Further, he challenged individuals and entities enlisting the services of private security guards to be sensitive to the needs of the officers and safeguard their welfare, particularly in terms of their remuneration and working conditions.
“Fair compensation will not only demonstrate our collective respect for their dedication but also foster a motivated and committed security personnel,” PS Omollo noted.
The PS, who was flanked by PSRA Director General Fazul Mohammed, also presided over the official opening of the Authority’s first ever regional offices.
The facility will serve Nyanza region as the regulatory body seeks to decentralize its services and establish more presence at the grassroot levels.