Guatemala: New Rules for Security Firms

The new law establishes requirements for recruitment and requires companies to provide employee benefits.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It creates the General Department of Private Security Services under the Ministry of Interior, who will be responsible for overseeing the companies. details the contents of the new law:

Legal entities may participate as shareholders of companies providing security services, provided that their shares are registered.

Among the administrative sanctions against companies which violate the law is the cancellation of their operating license.

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New Regulation for Security Companies in Guatemala

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