Since September 5new regulations have been in effect in Guatemala which, among other things, establishes mandatory certification for companies by the Ministry of Interior.
On the topic of the implementation of the new regulations, the journalist Alexis conducted an interview Elperiodico.com.gt with Rafael Donis, chief of the Directorate General of Private Security Services.
Starting in September, a new regulation will take effect which among other thing, establishes mandatory certification of the company by the Ministry of Interior.
Companies that do not have such certification may be charged with unlawful delivery of service, with a punishment of between 6 and 12 years in prison and a fine of Q100 thousand ($12,652 at current exchange rates).
The Ministry of Interior has initiated a plan for renewal of its weapons and will soon launch a tender for eight thousand 9mm pistols.
Mauricio Lopez, Interior Minister said that this is the first step in the process of renewing arms for the National Civil Police, adding that it is considering more specific weapons for special forces, such as rifles or submachine guns.
It is expected the 2011 elections to be the most violent in years, leading to increased demand for security products.
Armored vehicle companies report increases of up to 70% compared to last year. The service is demanded by businessmen and also by leaders of political parties, who require high-level armor capable of withstanding assault rifles.
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