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Unregulated Private Security Firms Fuel LatAm Crime, Violence: Report

...are employed by more than 16,000 private military and security companies (PMSCs) across Latin America and the Caribbean. In many countries, private security forces outnumber public ones. I n...
A private security guard stands watch in Guatemala City

Private Security Firms are Unfortunate Necessity in Central America

...the region. The news agency cites figures recently released by the Pan-American Private Security Federation (FEPASEP), which put the number of private security personnel in Central America at more...
More than 450 private security agencies in El Salvador are operating illegally

El Salvador Struggles to Enforce Regulations on Private Security Firms

...private security bodies in Latin America. More than 450 private security agencies in El Salvador are operating illegally and have not renewed their authorization papers in order to continue...
A Guatemalan security guard arrested in 2012

Just One Percent of Guatemala Private Security Guards Operate Legally

...law regulating private security services (pdf), according to the Private Security Services Office (DIGESSP) of the Ministry of Interior, reported Prensa Libre (see their graphics below). Of the 141 security companies...
A hired security guard in Guatemala

Is Guatemala’s Booming Private Security Industry Benefiting Org Crime?

...could generate security concerns of its own. Guatemala now has over 200 private security firms and 150,000 security guards — five times more than the country’s 30,000-strong police force,...
Private security in Central America

Private Security Companies a Cover for Criminals in Honduras’

...proliferation of private security companies is a predictable result of the endemic institutional weakness of Honduras’ state security forces, which have failed to stem the deterioration in security that...
A private security guard stands watch in Guatemala

Illegal Firearms Arrests Highlight Lax Private Security Regulation in Guatemala

...regulation of the country’s numerous private security firms. Public prosecutors in Guatemala City see between two and three cases a week related to the arrest of a private security...
Bolivian police officers

High Number of Private Security in Bolivia Capital a Worrying Sign

...There are currently over 550 private security guards working in the Bolivian capital La Paz, an alarmingly high number that points to the public distrust of the country’s police...

Trafficking Firearms in Honduras

...institute (Instituto Tecnico Policial) in the city of La Paz. It’s unclear whether the Attorney General’s Office investigated the case.[20] Private Security Companies The private security industry has grown...
Juarez Mayor Murguia, Police Chief Leyzaola with bodyguards

Private Juarez: a Border Town’s Security Revolution

...call private security guards “vigilantes,” notes that in a significant financial sense, the private security market helps the city by externalizing security costs. Even so, Valenzuela admits that Juarez today is...
Salvadorans spend over $1.5 million on guns annually

In World’s Most Violent Country, 30 New Firearms Registered Daily

...El Salvador that there are now more private security agents than officers in the PNC. In 2015, there were 24,100 private security guards. There is such strong demand in...

Guatemala Elites and Organized Crime: Introduction

...Police, an elite unit that provided security services to private companies. The failure to insert these groups into productive post-conflict activities left an army of unemployed security service workers....