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Security Industry Welcomes Proposed Reforms

Media release
1 December 2006

Security Industry Welcomes Government Commitment To Reforms

The security industry responded positively today to Government commitment to a range of proposals to modernise and expand the scope of regulations covering the security guard and private investigation industry.

The Chairman of the New Zealand Security Association, Scott Carter, says the proposed reforms have been long called for by the industry and the efforts of Associate Minister of Justice Clayton Cosgrove and New Zealand First Law and Order spokesperson Ron Marks in bringing the reforms to the point of action are commendable.

“We’ve been talking for too long about the need for raising standards in the industry, mandatory training and tougher penalties for unlicensed operators. We’re delighted the Government has publicly stated its belief that these reforms are well overdue.”

The security industry has a great deal to contribute to the overall safety of New Zealand communities, Mr Carter says.

As a profession, Mr Carter believes the security industry can add huge value to New Zealand communities through the strength of its relationship with the Police.

“As a country, we need to recognise that networked policing is already here; review security industry legislation in concert with the review of the Police Act and formalise partnerships between police and accredited security businesses.

“There are obvious differences between state law enforcement and private enterprise, but our goals are the essentially similar to those of the Police. When it comes down to the detail, both public and private police have a singular focus on making our communities safer by reducing crime,” Mr Carter said.

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