Changes to Private Investigator and Security Guards Act considered in wake of Shand inquest

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Changes to Private Investigator and Security Guards Act considered in wake of Shand inquest

Ministry of the Solicitor General

TORONTO, April 23 - Monte Kwinter, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, today welcomed the recommendations of the coroner's jury into the death of Patrick Shand. "Our condolences go out to his family," Kwinter said. "I look forward to studying the recommendations. They come at a time when we are considering changes to the Private Investigators and Security Guards Act, which has not been significantly updated in more than 35 years." Shand died of injuries received during an altercation with store employees and security guards outside a Scarborough grocery store on Sept. 14, 1999, during an alleged shoplifting incident. The Private Investigators and Security Guards Act governs the private security industry. The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services is consulting on changes to the legislation with those who have an interest in the private security industry, including security firms and police services. The consultations are looking into three main areas: - The need for mandatory and consistent basic training for all security personnel; - The need to deal with issues of mandatory licensing of all security personnel, portable licences, more comprehensive background checks and the introduction of a licensing classification system; and - The need to address standards for uniforms, vehicles and equipment and ensure they are distinct from the police. Legislation could be introduced as early as this fall. Disponible en fran├žais www.mpss.jus.gov.on.ca ----------------------For further information: Adrian Dafoe, Minister's Office, (416) 325-4973, (416) 998-2829 (cellular); Bruce O'Neill, Communications Branch, (416) 326-5005