Security ministry plans tighter controls of guard firms

The security ministry department that oversees private guard services has a new director.  He is  Elbert González Ramírez, who was an adviser to a vice minister.

His appointment was announced at the same time that the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policia y Seguridad Pública said that it would be cracking down on guard agencies for violations. But the ministry also promised to make it easier for guards to obtain permits to carry guns.

The actions are related because the difficulty of obtaining a pistol permit frequently encourages persons who need work as a guard to fake paperwork or to simply ignore the need for a permit.

The ministry said it would check to make sure guard services were paying their required social charges to the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social. Also being studied will be any efforts to obstruct the police or failure to report robberies and the use of fasle papers, the ministry said.

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