PSRA is working to transform the private security industry in Jamaica

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Private Security Regulation Authority (PSRA) Executive Director Rick Harris said the agency is working to transform the private security industry by providing solutions that will improve regulation and oversight, expand access to its services, will improve the ease of doing business and increase compliance. in industry.

With this in mind, the PSRA makes a rigorous effort to continually improve its products and services. It seeks to strengthen its support for private security personnel and organizations, and for national security as a whole.

To further improve services and access, the PSRA now has a Mobile Registration Unit (MRU) that travels across the island to facilitate registrations and license renewals for individuals and businesses .

The authority has fully adopted a digital approach for most of its services; security personnel license renewal applications can be completed online and direct banking is an accepted method of payment for all registration/licensing services.

The PSRA will also facilitate job opportunities, as private security companies can now access a database with licensed private security personnel who are registered and available for employment. This, along with access to private security personnel registration history, will ensure that competent and competent professionals are selected by registered private security companies to provide security services throughout the island.

With the growing demand for private security services, Harris believes the authority is on the right track as it seeks to meet the country’s security needs.

Over 300 private security companies and over 27,000 private security agents are currently registered with the PSRA, up from just over 17,000 agents at the end of March 2012.

“The private security industry is essential to Jamaica’s growth and the island’s national security needs. Our vision is therefore to become a progressive and proactive regulator that provides the support needed to advance the industry, improve its standards and increase access to private security personnel and service providers across the island. With our new services and access, we hope to develop a well-regulated private security industry ready to operate and serve Jamaica,” said Harris.

The Private Security Regulatory Authority (PSRA) was established to oversee and regulate the private security industry. The organization was created in 1992 and reports to the Ministry of National Security.

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