Sunday, 14 July

Interior Ministry cracks down on private security firms using unauthorised uniforms

General News
Minister for the Interior, Henry Quartey

The Ministry of Interior has issued a stern warning to private security organisations against the use of unauthorised uniforms, stressing the importance of strict adherence to prescribed regulations. 

This announcement follows the arrest of two individuals on Friday, June 14, for violating regulations governing private security organisations in Ghana.

“The individuals were found wearing unprescribed uniforms similar to the Military uniform, contrary to the regulations outlined in the Police Service (Private Security Organisations) Regulations, 1992 (LI.1571) and the Police Service Organisations (Amendment) Regulations, 1994 (L.I.1579),” stated Doreen P. Annan, Chief Director for the Interior Minister.

While the arrested officers have been granted bail, the Ministry assured that necessary sanctions would be applied against the company involved. It reiterated the approved uniforms for private security personnel, which include:

White long/short sleeve shirts over ash khaki trousers with white stripes on both sides.

Cream long/short sleeve shirts over brown khaki trousers with cream stripes on both sides.

Mauve long/short sleeve shirts over maroon trousers with mauve stripes on both sides.

Yellow shirts with ash/grey reflectors across the back and front over brown khaki trousers (specifically for the Mines and Oil fields).

In 2023, the Ministry launched a nationwide sensitisation and monitoring exercise to ensure compliance with these regulations. It has since been closely monitoring private security organisations to ensure adherence.

“Otherwise, the Police will arrest and act against any organisation or individuals who fail to comply with the regulations and face the law,” the Ministry cautioned.

Despite recognising the vital role private security organisations play in complementing the official security services in Ghana, the Ministry emphasised that it will not compromise on regulations designed to ensure the safety and security of all Ghanaians.

“The Ministry of the Interior will continue to create a safe and secure environment for all Ghanaians and is committed to working with the private security industry to achieve this goal,” the statement concluded.

Source: Adiku