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– The regulations indicate private security service provider shall as far as is reasonably possible use non-violent means in arresting any suspected offender

– Once the arrest is made, the guards who will now be armed with guns and not rungus will hand over the suspect to the nearest police station

– Besides making arrests, private guards will be involved in escorting cash in transit (CIT), replacing the police in that line of work

– They will be allowed to use armoured and rapid response vehicles and even blare sirens and flash warning lights during emergencies

Private security guards in Kenya will now start carrying guns and making arrests following gazettement of new regulations giving them more powers.

The new law will also see the local security guards take up some of the duties that were previously only done by the police.

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KK Security during a training session. The new rules gives the private security guards to not only carry guns but also make arrests. Photo: KK Security.
Source: UGC

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In the gazette notice by the Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, the watchmen as they are commonly referred to will also be privileged to use armoured and rapid response vehicles and even blare sirens and flash warning lights to clear the highways during emergencies.

According to the gazette notice published on Friday, July 12, the guards will have the power to arrest by non-violent means any persons suspected to must have committed a criminal offence and then hand over the suspect to the nearest police station.

“A private security service provider shall as far as is reasonably possible use non-violent means in arresting any suspected offender and may only employ force when non-violent measures have failed to prevent escape,” the new regulations indicate.

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As had been indicated by the Interior CS in April 2019, the government will also remove armed police from cash in transit (CIT) work and replace them with the private security guards, and that has also been captured in the new regulations.

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