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IG Sindh Reveals Higher Security Guard Numbers Over Police in Karachi

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KARACHI: The Inspector General (IG) of Sindh, Ghulam Nabi Memon, in a statement, revealed that the number of security guards employed by private companies in Karachi surpasses the number of police personnel assigned to the city.

IG Sindh disclosed that while the police force in Karachi consists of 44,436 personnel, the number of security guards exceeds 50,000.

IG Memon emphasized the disparity between the numbers of security guards and police personnel, raising concerns about the adequacy of training and certification among security guards.

He highlighted the recent loss of civilian lives due to the negligence of some security guards in Karachi, stressing the need for stringent regulations and oversight of private security companies.

Memon called for the closure of uncertified security companies by the authorities to ensure public safety.

He noted that approximately 200 registered security companies operate under the jurisdiction of the Home Department.

The police can only take action against these companies if the law is violated. Memon pointed out that in the past, individuals with unclear backgrounds could easily join security companies.

However, recent access to police software by these companies has facilitated the arrest of many criminals.

In a recent meeting with a delegation of security agencies, IG Memon advised them to develop a comprehensive plan of action for the recruitment and management of private security guards.

This plan should encompass security clearance, proper training, and the implementation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). The Sindh Police will contribute to the training of security guards to enhance their skills and preparedness.

IG Memon also emphasized the need for private security companies to enforce a ban on the public display of security weapons.

He argued that many incidents occur due to the lack of proper training and physical fitness among security guards. “Untrained individuals should not be armed,” he asserted.

He further stated that the Sindh Home Department would be urged to take decisive action against companies that fail to meet the required standards.

In conclusion, IG Sindh’s statement underscores the importance of regulating private security companies to ensure that security guards are properly trained and certified.

By improving the standards and oversight of private security personnel, the authorities aim to enhance public safety and prevent incidents caused by negligence or lack of training.

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