Security guards, private investigators and security guard agencies are reminded that their licences will expire on Thursday, December 31. They must, therefore, renew them by Sunday, January 31, 2016.

An official in the Ministry of Defence and Security advised that no person may offer services as a private investigator or security guard, or operate an agency providing those services, unless licensed under the Act.

He stressed that any person who contravenes the Act ???is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of $5,000 or imprisonment of two years or both???.

According to him, a valid Police Certificate of Character must be submitted with the renewal application. However, he reminded persons that the Police Certificate of Character is valid for a period of six months after the issue date.

Non-nationals applying for or renewing licences must provide documentation verifying that they are residents or citizens here, or have work permits, which allow them to work.??The official insisted that entities should ensure that security agencies, private investigators and security guard licences are current when engaging their services.

For further information, the public may contact Security Officer Earl Deane, at Defence and Security, Prime Minister???s Office, Weymouth Corporate Centre, Roebuck Street, St. Michael. The telephone numbers are 228-5576 and 436-1970, ext. 5167, while the email address is

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