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'Private guards can keep a watch'

October 17, 2008
What role do private security personnel want to don in the fight against terror and what did you tell the home minister?

There are more private security guards in any city than police personnel in most cities. It is almost impossible for the police force to be everywhere all the time and this often leads to disaster. We suggested to the home minister that private security personnel apart from doing their usual duties could look a bit further too. They could keep a watch on the movement of people and in case they notice something fishy they could report to the police so that action can be initiated.

Sounds great. But do private security personnel have the expertise to undertake such a job? There is a difference between how a private security guard would react as compared to a policeman.

Yes I am aware of this. This is why we have urged the home minister to act upon our suggestion and direct the police force to train private security guards. We have the manpower but what these men need is training. We requested that the our guards be trained in collecting intelligence and reporting suspicious activity.

Image: Private security personnel check visitors to an information technology company on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
Photograph: Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images

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