Training Standards for Private Security Industry in the Pipeline

Department of Police

Draft regulations setting out the functions of the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority have been published in Government Gazette 40091 for comment.

The draft regulations and minimum training standards for the private security industry were drawn up in terms of the Private Security Industry Regulation Act.

The proposed regulations are designed to boost the competence and skills of private security service providers.

Issues covered in the draft regulations include:

•    General functions of the private security industry regulatory authority;
•    Accreditation of a skills development provider;
•    Change of accredited address;
•    Withdrawal of accreditation of a skills development provider;
•    Training requirements for different categories or classes of security service providers; and
•    Statutory security training standards manual.

Different categories or classes of security service providers include patrol officers, access control officers, asset protection officers, security supervisors, reaction officers, assets-in-transit officers, maritime security officers, close protection services and the electronic security industry.

Written comment on the proposals is invited within 30 days of the date of publication of the notice.

Meanwhile, amendments to the code of conduct made under the act have been published in notice 757 published in the same Gazette.

New regulations on the general obligation to act in terms of applicable law and penalties in respect of improper conduct by a security service provider and an employer of in-house security officers have been added.

Amendments of the proper conduct regulations made under the act were published in notice 753 in the same gazette.

New regulations on the conviction of plea of guilty without enquiry and tendering of plea and related procedures have been added.

Both sets of amendments come into force on 9 July 2016.

Sabinet Cape Town Office