TPSIS to enable private security guards to detect crimes

17Jun 2019
Mashaka Mgeta
The Guardian
TPSIS to enable private security guards to detect crimes

THE Tanzania Private Security Integration Services (TPSIS) in collaboration with police have introduced a database for the registration of private security guards, the Managing Director of TPSIS, Dr David Rwegoshora has said.

Managing Director of TPSIS, Dr David Rwegoshora.

Dr Rwegoshora was addressing the editors and senior reporters in Dar es Salaam last week end, adding that the registration process has started and had been carried out throughout the country.

He said the registration was aimed to develop and maintain the database for private security guards in the country, coordinate and train them on how to detect crime before happening.

Dr Rwegoshora said the registration will be done through the website and require the applicants to fill key information in accordance with police procedures.

“Both TPSIS and police will coordinate the database and accessed by the offices of Regional Police Commanders (RPC) and Officer Commanding District (OCD) in their respective areas.

“The database will help to increase the trust to our private security guards and assurance to their employers as well,” he noted.

He disclosed that although there was no statistics based on recent scientific research focusing the private security guards who work out of the formal private companies, their number was large and not coordinated.

“We are targeting the private security guards commonly known as `watchmen’ because they do best to protect housing, business areas and even social institutions like schools, churches and mosques, now they need to be coordinated and helped,” he explained.

“In this regards, the registered security guards will be well known to the database accessed by our police...this is a very big achievement to both security guards and their employers or those who hire them,” he noted.

Dr Rwegoshora exposed that identifying crime before happening has positive results which among other things, it avoiding the use of high cost for the police force to patrol and control crime, promoting peace and stability in the country.

“When crime acts were not recognized and controlled, our police find themselves using cars and weapons to patrol or search for perpetrators, but the private security guards will be trained to help them (police) to reduce such incidence,” he said.

According to Dr Rwegoshora, the training will also include the use of alternative methods to defeat the offenders without using force or firearms.

Moreover, Dr Rwegoshora said TPSIS has no mandate to employ any security guard, but to keep their records and somehow, tto link them to the labor market.

He said the assessment made by TPSIS found an increasing number of private security guards in the country, which was attributed to various factors, including the high cost charged to acquire those in the formal sector.

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