All private investigators, security guard agencies and security guards are being reminded that their licences will expire on Friday, December 31 and must be renewed no later than Monday, January 31, 2011.

This stipulation is in accordance with the Section 17 Clause 2 (c) and (d) of the Private Investigators and Security Guards Act CAP. 372 E.?? It states: "A licence is subject to the terms and conditions as are specified in the licence and is renewable in the month of January in each year, upon application to the Board in approved form and on payment of the prescribed fee."??

According to the Security Guards Act, persons who fail to renew licences, but continue to provide security services, will be liable on conviction to a fine of $5 000 or imprisonment for two years, or both.??

A valid police certificate of character, on an approved form, must be submitted with each application for renewal.

Additionally, non-nationals applying for, or renewing licences, must provide documentation verifying that they are a resident or citizen of Barbados, or have a work permit which allows them to work as a Security Guard.??

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