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Security Negligence

- A California appeals court has ruled that the client of a security guard firm is not liable for injuries substained by a security guard.

Afghanistan Shuts Down Two Private Security Firms

- 10 more firms on list for closure, some of them Western-based.

Guarding Against Fatigue

- Strategies from the elite Escuela Campo Alegre for combating security guard fatigue. (Online Exclusive)

Security Officers

- A bill (H.R. 2703) introduced by Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ) would require that all security officers undergo a federal and state background check covering the previous ten years. The applicant would be precluded from getting the job if he or she had been convicted any one of a number of crimes, including illegal firearms possession, burglary, buying or receiving stolen property, unlawful entry, reckless endangerment, making threats of terrorism, or any crime of violence. Other offenses may disqualify the applicant from a job as a security officer if that crime is relevant to the ability of the employee to provide reliable security services.

Private Security Contractors Kill 2 Iraqi Women

- An Australian private security firm is under fire for the latest deadly shooting incident involving private security contractors in Iraq.

House Passes Bill Subjecting Private Security Contractors to U.S. Law

- Companies like Blackwater USA could be subject to U.S. law. White House objects.

Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror

- Robert Young Pelton, perhaps best known as the author of The World’s Most Dangerous Places, has given us a snapshot of life in the world of the PMC and the independent contractors who populate it. Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror is an entertaining look at how so-called mercenaries have come to play an increasingly critical role in Iraq and how their metamorphosis into the more-expansive PMCs could go astray.

Security guards

- Citing the reliance companies have placed in private security officers since 9-11, Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ) has introduced a bill (H.R. 5893) that would require employers to obtain a federal criminal records check on all contract and proprietary security guards.

Border Measures at Cross Purposes

- Is the focus on the Mexico border leaving a northern exposure?

Negligence

- A California court has ruled that a contract security guard company can be held liable for failing to fulfill its contract.

Hospitals Probing Stun Gun Use

- The use of stun guns by security departments of hospitals and medical centers may sound shocking, but they may be a safer alternative to physical force.

Business News

- In company news, Docklands Light Railway installs mobile surveillance. In ASIS news, keynote speakers are set for San Diego, and ASIS releases a guideline on workplace violence.

Security Officers and Policing: Powers, Culture, and Control in the Governance of Private Space

- Examine the differences between the powers enjoyed by police officers and those available to private security guards under British law and how well guards themselves understand those differences.
 




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