Province Seeks Public's Input On New Rules For Private Security Professionals



    New Standards Would Better Protect The Public And Modernize Licensing And
    Training

    TORONTO, March 5 /CNW/ - The public is being asked to comment on new
licensing and training rules for private security and investigative services
professionals, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Monte
Kwinter announced today.
    "The McGuinty government is making sure our security personnel and
investigators have the proper tools to keep the public safe," Kwinter said.
"The Private Security and Investigative Services Act, includes new and
stricter standards to better protect the public while enhancing the
professionalism of this important industry."
    The act received royal assent in December 2005. In addition to security
personnel and investigators, the act also applies to in-house security staff,
such as those who work for retailers and bars.
    The first set of regulations focuses on the licensing and training of
private security professionals:

    
    -   A licensee shall not use a vehicle that is not in compliance with set
        standards
    -   A licensee must have a clean criminal record
    -   A licensee must comply with the Code of Conduct.
    

    The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services is posting
draft regulations for a period of 30 days to allow for public review and
comment. The final regulations may differ significantly from the drafts,
depending on the feedback received.
    These and subsequent regulations will be available at
www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca or can be obtained by writing to:

    Ms. Cheryl Mahyr
    Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
    25 Grosvenor Street, 13 Floor
    Toronto, Ontario
    M7A 1Y6

    Feedback may be provided via the e-mail address on the ministry website
or by mail to the above addressee. Please check the website regularly for
updated information.

    
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    Backgrounder
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               PRIVATE SECURITY AND INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES ACT

    -   On September 14, 1999, Patrick Shand, 31, died of restraint asphyxia
        (chronic and acute cocaine use were cited as contributing factors),
        following a struggle at a Scarborough grocery store with an employee,
        a security guard, and an armoured car driver who were attempting to
        arrest him for shoplifting. A coroner's inquest examined the
        circumstances surrounding his death, including the role of private
        security. On April 23, 2004, the jury delivered 22 recommendations,
        all of which received consideration in the drafting of the new
        legislation.

    -   In June 2003, the ministry released a discussion paper outlining the
        proposals for reforms in three areas: licensing, training and
        standards for uniform and equipment. The consultation paper was
        distributed to 600 security and private investigation agencies and
        associations throughout Ontario, as well as police associations and
        other stakeholders. The consultations ended in October 2003, and 73
        individuals, associations or organizations responded by presenting
        written submissions on the proposed changes.

    -   On December 9, 2004, the Minister of Community Safety and
        Correctional Services introduced new legislation to enhance the
        professionalism of private investigators and security practitioners.
        The Private Security and Investigative Services Act makes licensing
        and training mandatory for all security personnel. In addition, the
        act makes in-house security personnel, such as guards working for
        retailers, bars and the Corps of Commissionaires, subject to the act.

    -   The Private Security and Investigative Services Act ensures:

        -  Mandatory licensing for all security personnel
        -  Licence portability (allowing an individual to change jobs within
           the industry without having to reapply for a licence)
        -  Training standards
        -  Standards for uniforms, equipment and vehicles used by security
           personnel.

    -   In June 2005, the ministry formed the Private Security and
        Investigative Services Advisory Committee. This committee provides
        the minister with key stakeholder input on a range of subjects
        affecting the private security industry.

    -   On December 15, 2005, Bill 159, the Private Security and
        Investigative Services Act, received third reading and royal assent.
        It is expected that the new act will be proclaimed and the
        regulations substantially be in place in the summer of 2007. The
        ministry will continue to work with stakeholders during the phase-in
        period.


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For further information:

For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
326-8265, (647) 205-6598 (cellular); Anthony Brown, Communications Branch,
(416) 314-7772

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