SECURITY WELL ON THE WAY TO REGULATION

Caption:? The Matrix team, all fully qualified as required in the Security Decree waiting to be implemented (l-r) Elia Silivale, Maloni Sadranu,Samani Cilika, Lemeki Tikoi, Inia Vosabalei.

With the Security Industry Decree 2010 now in place, control of the industry awaits Governments final action.

Peter McGahan, Matrix Fiji?s CEO said that he appreciated the difficulties of implementing the more than 56 sections of the Decree but that the importance of security in Fiji has become more and more critical and to be effective requires the security industry to have an ?actionable? legal framework.

?Working with the Ministry of Defense, my company was involved in helping to develop the Decree, a fully comprehensive document that once put into place I am sure will provide big dividends for the country,? said Mr. McGahan.

Matrix Fiji has been operating in the country since 2003.

?All of our staff are highly trained and could satisfy the requirements for licensing according to the Decree because we realize the importance of a qualified security organization.?

He lauded Government for its efforts that led to the Decree and looks forward to the implementation of its contents.

The Decree sets out the requirements for the licensing of security officers and security service companies.? According to the statistics of 2011 there are 40 to 50 security companies operating in Fiji.? None are presently licensed.

?Under the Decree, to be licensed would require training by an approved institution as well as mandatory police clearance.? When the requirements are satisfied personnel and companies in the industry are qualified to be licensed,? said Mr. McGahan.

He said that once the Decree becomes law, it will bring a level of confidence in the public and in businesses knowing that the security companies and security officers are fully licensed, which means, fully qualified.

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