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IGP Suspends Licenses for 39 Private Security Companies

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IGP Suspends Licenses for 39 Private Security Companies

Inspector General of Uganda Police Force Martins Okoth Ochola has taken the decision to halt the operating licenses for 39 Private Security Companies (PSOs).

These companies have been found to be non-compliant with the necessary conditions required for license renewal as stipulated in Regulation 14(d) of the Police (Control of Private Security Organisations) Regulations 2013.

CP Polly Namaye, Deputy Police Spokesperson says that several conditions were outlined for the renewal of licenses, which included the presentation of an NSSF certificate of clearance, evidence of payment of gun licensing fees or gun rental fees, and proof of annual inspection of the company.

However, these PSOs failed to fulfill some or all of these conditions during the previous year, 2022.

A detailed list of the affected companies has been made available at all Police Stations and Regional Police headquarters.

Also, the Inspector General has directed all Regional Police Commanders to take necessary action and ensure that these companies immediately cease their operations.

A team of officers from the Private Security and Firearms department has been tasked with withdrawing and recovering firearms from the respective PSOs.

The Uganda Police Force has reported receiving numerous requests for the reinstatement of licenses from the affected PSOs. However, the decision to reinstate their licenses will be contingent upon their ability to fulfill the necessary conditions for renewal.

Recognizing the need for standardization and adherence to guidelines, the Directorate of Operations has developed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that apply to all Private Security Companies. Each PSO has been provided with a copy of these SOPs, emphasizing the importance of compliance.

It has been mandated that all Private Security Guards undergo mandatory training based on a standardized curriculum. The deployment of security guards will be dependent on the successful completion of this training program.

“The Directorate of Operations has developed Standard Operating Procedures for all Private Security Companies. Each PSO has been supplied a copy of the SOPs for compliance. Important to note is that each Private Security Guard shall receive mandatory training based on a standard training curriculum. Deployment of security guards shall depend on their successful accomplishment of this mandatory training,” Namaye noted.

The companies are;

ALPHA GUARD SECURITY SERVICES

TĄCTICAL SEQURITY SERVICES LTD

FIELD BUREAU INVESTIGATORS LTD

KWISAPH SECURITY LTD

CRACK SECURIY LTD

BLUE WAȚER GUARD$ SECURITY SERVICES LTD

BYAKUNO SECRITY SERVICES LTD

BLUE FOX GUARDS DND

SOLID SECURITY SERVICES LTD

AL-THURAYA CONSULTANCY LTD .

TAIFA SECURITY (U) LTD

UNITED HEROES LTD

AZA SECURITY CO. LTD

AXIS WARRORS LTD

BUKA SECURITY SERVICES LTD

WINK WORTH INVESTIGATORS AND DETECTIVE AGENCY LTD

CHRISTIAN GUARDS SECURITY SERVICES LTD

EXECUTIVE SERVICES INTERNATIONAL LTD

RESERVE PROTECTÍON SERVIES LTD

IRIS SECURITY COlMPANY LTD

SHARP SECURITY O. LTD

STRAT CORPS SECURITY LTD

TEBE SECURITY GROUPLTD

ZEBRA SECURITY CO. LTD

KBJ GUARDS CO, LTD

THE GIDEONS MEN

RANGERŞ SECURTY LTD

ELGA FORÇE SECUNTY LPD

ANKA SECURKȚY SERVCES LTD

NDUGARI SECURITY SERVICES LTD

HERCULES SUPPÒRTU)

KRONE (U) LTD

TRUST SECURITYOQMRANY LTD

STAR REACT SECURITY GUARDS LTD

DELTANORCE PROTECȚION SERVICES LTD

PREMIER SECURITY SYSTEM LTD

ALERT GUARDS & SEÇURITY SYSTEMS LTD

TRACKER (U) LTD

Sarah K. Biryomumaisho is a Multimedia journalist (Broadcast & Writing) with 11 years of experience. She holds a Diploma in Business Administration from Makerere Business Institute and a Certificate in Media Management from Women in News. She completed a Course in Wikimedia in 2020, making her one of the very few Wikipedia Editors in the country. She also has a certificate in Gender Justice Reporting from The International Women's Media Foundation, IWMF. She has worked with a number of media houses including 6 Radio stations, most recently Galaxy fm 100.2 & Radio 4. She has worked with Andariya Magazine as a writer. Sarah worked as a Digital Communications consultant for the newly revived Uganda Airlines and is also a Digital enthusiast. She owns a Media Organization called TheUgPost that publishes in Uganda and has a global reach. Twitter; https://twitter.com/BiryomumaishoB

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