Centre frames new rules for private security agencies and guards

All private security guards will henceforth have to undergo at least 20 days of physical training for crowd control, fire fighting and identification of IEDs, while owners of private security agencies will have to go through six-day training on subjects like internal security and disaster management. All these protocols have come into immediate effect with the issuance of fresh rules by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

The licensees of private security agencies will also have to immediately intimate the government about any criminal charge framed against the persons forming the agency or against a private security guard or supervisor engaged or employed by the agency in the course of performance of duties as private security agency.

The MHA said for the entry level of training for the private security guards, a minimum period of 100 hours of classroom instruction and 60 hours of field training, spread over at least 20 working days should be conducted. The ex-servicemen and former police personnel shall however be required to attend a condensed course of minimum 40 hours of classroom instructions and 16 hours of field training spread over at least seven working days.

The training also include identification of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), first-aid, crisis response and disasters management, handling and operation of non-prohibited weapons and firearms (optional), rudimentary knowledge of Indian Penal Code, procedure for lodging first information report in the police station, badges of rank in police and military forces and identification of different types of arms in use in public and police.

The licensee shall successfully undergo a training relating to the private security for a minimum period of six working days. The training shall broadly include the following subjects like security scenario, VIP security, internal security, institutional security, fire fighting, disaster management protocols, explosives and IEDs.
Read our Cover Story on the subject in the January 2021 edition of SECURITY TODAY.