First give guards robust training, not guns

Private security guards are the first line of security; they access control for most facilities in Kenya. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • There is a general feeling by a section of Kenyans on the likelihood of the private guards being “out-of-control” if issued with firearms.

  • It’s therefore prudent that private security management agencies be duty-bound to liaise with government agencies for thorough physical security and access control training of guards with focus on emerging threats. For now, arming them should not be the priority.

Many governments, especially in Africa, lack resources to sufficiently provide security needs for all, prompting the establishment of private security firms to complement the government exertions in protecting the citizenry. Private security companies make a vital contribution to state security efforts. They are equally a significant employer.

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