A CONSULTATIVE FORUM ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROTECTIVE SECURITY MANUAL FOR MINISTRIES, DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES

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A Consultative forum on the implementation of the protective security manual for Ministries, Departments and Agencies prepared by the Government through the Office of National Security has commenced at the Sierra Leone Police Officer Mess, Kingtom.
The purpose of the forum is to roll the protective security manual to the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies including Private Security Companies.
The consultative forum brought together managers, Directors, and Proprietors from various private security companies. The manual outlines the principles of protective security in the public sector and is expected to serve as a strategy of how threats to national assets can be assessed.
The Director of Research and Planning Office of National Security Francis Langumba Keil said the aim of the manual is to outline the principles of protective security, define its responsibilities, procedures, and provide a frame to set standards for protective security through the public sector.
Mr Keil said the legal framework for the implementation of the protective security is captured in the National Security and Central intelligence act 2002.
He spoke of the lack of protective security policy, little or no protective security knowledge and inadequate security training and equipment for private security companies.
The Head of the Integrated Intelligence Service of the Sierra Leone police, Assistant Superintendent of Police Suluku Conteh told the gathering that the recent terrorist attack by al-Shabaab in Somalia and activities of Boko Haram demonstrate the extent of the countries vulnerability to the threat of terrorism.
The Chairman of the Association Private Security Companies Ponsford Nimneh said they will collaborate with the office of National Security and other regulatory bodies on matters relating to private security companies operations.
Mr Nimneh requested the Office of National Security to make the manual available to all private security companies in the country so that the manual will be included in the training programmes.

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