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 search warrants.
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 Act.
Background information and forms related to the PSIS can be found at this link: Private Security and Investigative Services
For further information:
A/Inspector Cathy BELL
OPP Corporate Communications
Phone: (705) 329-6874