New Regulations for Private Security In Effect

Since September 5new regulations have been in effect in Guatemala which, among other things, establishes mandatory certification for companies by the Ministry of Interior.

Friday, September 28, 2012

On the topic of the implementation of the new regulations, the journalist Alexis conducted an interview with Rafael Donis, chief of the Directorate General of Private Security Services.

Will officials be sent to banks to order the removal of their security guards?

- We are not managing things in that way. I have requests going back ten years from banks in the system to authorize their own security forces. They managed them, but nobody approved this because it was not contemplated in any law.

What should banks do?

- They have two options: Either set up their security personnel as a limited company (SA or “Sociedad Anonima”) separate from the bank so that they can initiate the process of applying for a license to operate as a security company, or transfer their guards to another security company that is incorporated and authorized. Or a combination of the two.

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