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Arming security officers ‘too extreme’


CARLOS ATWELL

Arming security officers ‘too extreme’

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A call to arm security officers is being shot down by experts, as well as the police.

While many businesses are being encouraged to invest in more security equipment and personnel, especially following the brazen fatal shooting last week Thursday at Sheraton Mall, Christ Church, where there are no armed guards, equipping every security officer with a gun is getting the thumbs down.

“Under the law, security officers are not allowed to carry firearms unless they are working cash-in-transit (moving money) or if they have a licensed firearm, as you’re supposed to have your firearm on your person 24/7,” said security consultant Randolph Hackett.

However, he warned that a firearm was not supposed to be used unless in cases of self-defence and not in the execution of the duties of a security officer. He also said there were certain locations where personal firearms were banned. (CA)

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