ORILLIA, ON, Feb. 8, 2012 /CNW/ - Following a year-long investigation, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)
Anti-Rackets Branch has laid 141 charges under the Private Security & Investigative Services Act (PSISA) against a business entity and two of its directors.
Since February 2011, members of the Provincial Security Enforcement Unit
have been conducting an enforcement initiative in the City of Greater
Sudbury. During the initiative, it was determined a security guard was
performing uniform security duties while unlicensed at the Sudbury
Regional Hospital -- now known as Health Sciences North.
A comprehensive investigation looked into the hiring and training
practices of an agency that employed security guards at the hospital
and included numerous witness interviews and the execution of two
Charged with 47 counts each of employing an unlicensed security guard
and failing to provide mandated training pursuant to the Training and
Testing Regulation in the PSIS Act are:
Corporation Number 001685324 - FEDSEC CORPORATION (operating as Federal
Security Agency), and;
Two directors of FEDSEC CORPORATION -- Arthur Harrison PECKHAM III and
Sir Neil M. SHAW.
The investigation is considered concluded and no further charges are
contemplated at this time.
Mr. Peckham and Mr. Shaw are expected to appear in court in Sudbury on
April 16, 2012.
Under the Private Security & Investigative Services Act, individuals performing security work in Ontario must be licensed.
Additionally, establishments employing in-house security guards must be
registered with the Private Security and Investigative Service Branch.
Business entities selling the services of security guards are required
to be licensed by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional
Services and are responsible for ensuring their security guards are
licensed. Persons convicted of working as unlicensed security guards
are subject to a maximum fine of $25,000 under the PSIS Act and up to
one year in custody. Licensed business entities convicted of PSIS Act
offences are subject to a maximum fine of $250,000 per count under the
Background information and forms related to the PSIS can be found at
this link: Private Security and Investigative Services
SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
A/Inspector Cathy BELL
OPP Corporate Communications
Phone: (705) 329-6874