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PNP to require specialized training for private security guards

By Marlon Ramos
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 18:54:00 10/21/2009

Filed Under: Security (general), Crime, Robbery and theft

MANILA, Philippines?Private security agencies will soon be barred from rotating their personnel in different posts.

Saying security guards must not be ?jack-of-all-trades,? the Philippine National Police on Wednesday said it would require specialized training for watchmen detailed in a particular industry.

Chief Superintendent Ireno Bacolod, head of the PNP?s Civil Security Group (CSG), said up to 400,000 personnel of over 1,200 private security companies would be made to undergo specific training program in the next few months.

Bacolod, however, cleared that the move was not a knee-jerk reaction of the PNP to the daring noontime heist of armed robbers in a Rolex branch inside the swank Greenbelt 5 in Makati City last Sunday.

He said the proposal to introduce more detailed guidelines for security personnel was hatched during an eight-month workshop of a technical working group composed of private security managers and the police Security Agencies and Guards Supervision Division (SAGSD).

An attached unit of CSG, SAGSD is a regulatory body tasked to monitor the operations of private security agencies.

?The plan to have specialized (training) is supported by private security companies,? he told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

According to Bacolod, PNP chief Jesus Verzosa has already approved ?in principle? the introduction of a new training curriculum during the CSG?s anniversary on Monday.

?The PNP chief welcomed the idea. He was satisfied with it,? he said.

Although the move to implement specialized schooling for security personnel was not triggered by the Greenbelt mall robbery, Bacolod said the need for it became more apparent after the said incident.

He explained that since every establishment has its own security needs and protocols, ?it?s just fitting if we could have a thorough program for a specific type of security men.?

?Imagine if you have a security guard assigned in a mall and you send him to the airport the next day, you cannot expect him to behave in the same way an aviation security personnel would,? he explained.

?We want to harness the specific talents and skills of our security guards because their number is bigger that the entire PNP. They should not be jack-of-all-trades.?

Bacolod said the technical working group has initially proposed special training for watchmen manning airports, schools, malls, seaports, overhead trains and corporate offices.

Meanwhile, SAGSD director Chief Superintendent Danilo Gaoiran said his office would convene a tri-partite committee by the end of the month to review the standard operating procedures of security agencies in the wake of the robbery in Makati.

Gaoiran said representatives from SAGSD, private security managers and business groups will make up the technical working committee.

He said the group would work on the recommendations of police investigators probing the Greenbelt heist.

?Right now, we are concerned about the setting up of security defense plans for every business establishment,? Gaoiran said.



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