Thursday 20 June, 2019

Use private security members to help tackle crime - Benjamin

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (right) in discussion with Guardsman boss Kenny Benjamin at a security forum at Knutsford Court Hotel on Thursday. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid)

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (right) in discussion with Guardsman boss Kenny Benjamin at a security forum at Knutsford Court Hotel on Thursday. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid)

The head of the largest private security firm has issued a call for government to restart the discussion about using members of private security companies to help police and members of the military tackle Jamaica’s spiraling crime problem.

Guardsman Group executive chairman Kenny Benjamin has argued that Jamaica could benefit from the services of the close to 16,000 plus qualified security guards across the island who has training and experience in the security sector.

Benjamin said that with greater collaboration, private security could help to ease the burden and allow for members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to focus on specific areas of the country's crime fight.

"I believe that state security in conjunction with private security can help to deliver a more seamless, intelligent and powerful security solution," Benjamin said.

He made the comment at a Guardsman-sponsored security forum on Thursday at the Knutsford Court Hotel, which saw top level Government officials, including Prime Minister Andrew Holness; private security executives, and senior members of both the JCF and Jamaica Defence Force in attendance.

Guardsman Security Forum 2017

Representatives from the hotel industry, the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce were also at the event.

Holness was receptive to Benjamin's idea.

"These are ideas which I espouse totally," said Holness, adding that "The model of development for Jamaica is one that must involve the private sector, the private sector must play a greater role in our economic development." 

The prime minister noted that "there are security services that could be contracted out".

 

 

 

 

 

 

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