Police, private security companies met on ‘security of hotels’
Rwanda National Police (RNP), yesterday, held a meeting with security managers of hotels in the country in an effort to enhance services provided by private security service providers.
The meeting held at RNP General Headquarters in Kacyiru was presided over by Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) in charge of Operations, Felix Namuhoranye.
It was also attended by owners and directors of private security companies.
DIGP Namuhoranye emphasised on “increased readiness and alertness” to counter likely threats and guarantee safety of people in hotels.
“Give security the magnitude it deserves; don’t look at it as just business,” DIGP Namuhoranye said, urging them to “elevate your security services.”
“We are all charged with homeland security regardless of our respective mandate. We, therefore, need to walk the security journey together and embrace modern technology,” he added.
The Deputy Police Chief hinted on security issues in hospitality facilities such as theft, drugs, prostitution and noise pollution, and called for increased search, inspection, vigilance and real time information sharing.
“As security managers, you should advise owners of the facilities you are manning on security matters such as quality CCTV cameras, scanners, fire detectors and firefighters,” DIGP Namuhoranye said.
The meeting also tackled issues related to poor hygiene, reckless searching and supervision; over exploitation of personnel and poor welfare.
DIGP Namuhoranye also observed that some hospitality facilities that are supposed to have more than five private security personnel have one or two, which gives room for overexploitation leading to poor services and loopholes in security. On this, he urged owners and managers to sign contracts where they will be able to effectively provide the needed services rather than just looking at how much they will earn.
He pledged the RNP support to further train and improve their skills but urged them to acquire quality security gadgets.
Currently, there are 17 licensed private security companies in Rwanda with a combined over 19, 700 members, combined.
Hassan Gasana, the chairman of Rwanda security managers’ forum, said that such interactions with the police brings new ideas and inform them on how to “tackle the raised security loopholes in areas of their responsibility.”
“In 2016, for example, we were far behind in our security service provision; we have taken a big step, so whenever we meet with the Police as our immediate supervisor, we learn a lot and devise measures to deal with the raised challenges,” said Gasana.
“Today we have regulations and policies as our guiding tools, and disciplinary measures are taken against our members who go contrary to the set principle standards,” Gasana said.