Police clamp down on unlicensed security guards

Nicosia and Famagusta district police conducted a large scale operation on Friday night, aiming at dealing with unlicensed security companies and self-employed security guards, according to the police report.

Police officers raided 34 establishments in both districts and arrested four people who were working as security guards without proper licences.

Police also raided a beach party to look for drugs but found nothing, according to the report.

Meanwhile, in a separate operation, Nicosia and Limassol police raided three establishments in an attempt to deal with illegal gambling.

In a betting store in Nicosia police confiscated 17 computers that were modified to work as slot machines while 25 computers were confiscated following the raid in two other betting stores in Limassol.

If Only Singaporeans Stopped to Think: Security guards get special …

Move comes amid severe manpower crunch in sectorBy Toh Yong Chuan, The Straits Times, 25 Jul 2014 ABOUT 25 security guards were absent from their regular posts yesterday morning but they were not skiving or on strike. Instead, they were taking part in the inaugural “security officers day”. The Security Association of Singapore (SAS) picked yesterday – July 24 – to honour security guards because they work round the clock, or 24/7. Speaking at the event, SAS president T. Mogan said security guards were not people who were unsuccessful in joining the police force. “You protect and save lives,” he said. The move to recognise the contributions of security guards comes amid a severe manpower crunch in the sector.

Industry players estimate that some 50,000 guards are needed but only about 40,000 are currently working. While there are more than 66,000 unarmed security guards licensed by the police, many of them do not take on work because of the long hours – it is the norm to work 12 hours a day, six days a week. At yesterday’s event, held at the Regional English Language Centre in Orange Grove Road, the 25 guards took a public pledge to help the police protect lives and properties.

They also recited the national pledge ahead of National Day next month. Speaking at the event, SAS patron and Deputy Speaker of Parliament Charles Chong said security guards need to upgrade their skills to keep up with the demands of the job. The event was attended by 200 guests, including staff from security firms, and officials from the police and Manpower Ministry. A source said the event does not have the support of the National Trades Union Congress and the Union of Security Employees but declined to say more. An NTUC staff member and union leader, who was at the event, declined to speak to The Straits Times, other than to say he was attending in his personal capacity. Last year, the SAS had a public spat with the NTUC. Although the association had openly objected to NTUC’s move to raise the pay of security guards at the time, Mr Mogan said SAS is now in line with NTUC’s plan. There are plans to hold the event every year but security firm Globalmax owner Baljit Singh said more can be done. “For instance, we can also consider doubling the pay for security officers who work on that day, since it is a special day,” he said. Retired accounts assistant Ho Siew Lan, 64, who has worked as a guard for four months, said security officers deserve better recognition from the public. “Sometimes they look down on us and don’t recognise the work that we do,” she said. “I feel uncomfortable and discouraged sometimes but I’ll keep doing the job because security guards play an important role,” she added.

#DearFindLaw: Private Investigators, Last Minute Bar Review …

It’s Friday @FindLawLP1 and we got perhaps the most random question we could’ve imagined, regarding the use of private detectives in legal practice. In other oddities, with less than a week until the bar exam, we’ve had a flood of panic-stricken test takers flooding to our site.

Bar exam and private dicks. That’s what’s on tap for #DearFindLaw2, our weekly advice column for young attorneys, procrastinating bar examinees, and apparently, private detectives.

And if you have a question for next week’s column, you can find me on Twitter @PeacockEsq3.

Let’s Start With the Bar

Seriously folks: though we always encourage you to read our blogs, we’re a bit surprised that with less than a week to go, y’all are all about our Bar Study posts. Take a look at our top five posts for the week: the top three are bar-related.

Well, we don’t have anymore inspirational quotes4, but I would suggest this song: “Go Hard5.” Or if that’s not your type of hype music, “Victory6” by Diddy and Biggie is sure to get you pumped.

As for last-minute tips?

It may be a bit too late for a true cram session, even with a “100 Hour” plan7, but reviewing your outlines for some last minute black letter law memorization can’t hurt. Otherwise, our best tip is to chill out at least one day before the test — go in calm, relaxed, and ready to dominate.

Private Detectives

One of FindLawLP’s Facebook friends asks8, “How do I select a Private Investigator? Beside investigating crime scenes or interviewing witnesses.

How can a private investigator add value to a firm?”

It’s an interestingly phrased question, considering his Facebook profile indicates that he, himself, is a private detective. But we’ll bite.

How can a private investigator add value to a firm? Off the top of my head: family law, witness investigation, and asset investigation.

For family law, character, lifestyle, and assets are always at issue — affairs and drug use can affect child support, alimony, and custody rulings. And divorce is all about fighting over assets and custody.

Outside of family law, anything involving enforcing a judgment (civil lawsuits) or bankruptcy cases where companies are hiding assets, would be situations where a private detective skilled in asset investigations might come in handy.

Finally, perhaps a firm might need to do some background checking on a witness? The ethics of digging into a witness’s personal life are beyond the scope of this column, but if a lawyer wanted to avoid surprises from his own witness, or wanted to question the credibility of the other side’s witnesses, a private detective might be a good place to look.

As for finding a private detective, we have a pretty sizable directory for “legal investigators.”9 A Google search turns up a ton of alternatives as well.

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References

  1. ^ FindLawLP on Twitter (www.twitter.com)
  2. ^ Posts Taggeed “DearFindLaw” (blogs.findlaw.com)
  3. ^ @PeacockEsq on Twitter (www.twitter.com)
  4. ^ 7 Quotes to Get You Through the Bar Exam (blogs.findlaw.com)
  5. ^ Kreayshawn – Go Hard (La.La.La) (www.youtube.com)
  6. ^ ^ Study 100 Hours, Pass the Bar Exam? (blogs.findlaw.com)
  7. ^ FindLaw for Legal Professionals (www.facebook.com)
  8. ^ Legal Investigators (marketcenter.findlaw.com)

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