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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Mar. 31) - The regulating of the security industry will allow police and security firms to share intelligence and infrastructure, says Internal Security Minister Bire Kimisopa.

Kimisopa said this after returning yesterday from Goroka where the Security Industry Council officially launched their operation in front of 18 participants from security firms around the country.

He said the meeting was chaired by Police Commissioner Sam Inguba.

"Once the regulation is in place it will assist the police in monitoring and also share infrastructure, so that is why we need to upgrade security industries in the country," Kimisopa said.

The minister has put the council on notice to complete the regulations by August so that it could be brought to the National Executive Council for approval and be budgeted for next year.

"The regulations will include such things as the type of weapons to be used, minimum requirements for security officers and also ensure that all security firms are registered under the Investment Promotion Authority and Internal Revenue Commission because not all are," he said.

Kimisopa said the two groups were not collaborating with each other but police would benefit greatly from the security industry members if they were not able to attend to incidents reported to them.

"The two will share their information so that crime can be combated in the country," he said.

Kimisopa said there were already some security firms that were working with police and that is why other security firms needed to be brought up to standard so that they could help the police.

April 1, 2005

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