Transforming the private security industry

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Rick Harris (left), Executive Director of the Private Security Regulation Authority (PSRA), is pictured receiving the key to the PSRA’s new Mobile Registration Unit (MRU) from Thomas Connor, Managing Director of Toyota Jamaica in 2021. The MRU is part of the PSRA’s strategy to increase access to the authority’s security personnel registration and license renewal services across the island. (Photo: Meikle)

The The Private Security Regulatory Authority (PSRA) is working to transform the private security industry in Jamaica.

PSRA chief executive Rick Harris said the aim is to deliver solutions that will improve regulation and supervision, broaden access to its services, improve the ease of doing business and increase compliance in the world. ‘industry.

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

To do this, the PSRA now has a Mobile Registration Unit (MRU) that criss-crosses the island to facilitate registration and renewal of licenses for individuals and businesses. The authority said it has fully embraced a digital approach for most of its services; the security personnel license renewal application 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, together with access to private security personnel registration history, will ensure that suitable and suitable 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 personnel are currently registered with the PSRA, up from just over 17,000 personnel at the end of March 2012.

Harris explained: “The private security industry is critical 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 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.

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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