(CMR) The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) is warning businesses and persons operating a security company or working as a technician or guard that it is a criminal offense to operate or work unless they have a license.
This warning comes following checks conducted by the RCIPS at certain business establishments, including nightclubs and bars.
The police said several of these establishments were in breach of the Private Security Services Act by employing security personnel who were not licensed or whose licenses were expired.
It is against the law to have unlicensed and expired security officers operating in any capacity. Any business or person found in breach will be subject to prosecution, the RCIPS said.
RCIPS said it would be conducting regular inspection checks across the Cayman Islands to ensure full compliance with the Private Security Services Act provisions.
The Commissioner of Police is the authorized statutory authority to issue such licenses.
People may apply for the renewals of licenses no later than thirty days before the current license expiration.
The holder of a security business license who ceases to be engaged in the business of providing security guards shall, within seven days of the cessation of engagement, forward to the Commissioner both his/her license and the licenses of his/her employees, the police said.
The RCIPS said the law also requires every security technician and security guard, while on duty, to carry his/her license and to produce it for inspection at the request of any constable or other person having reasonable grounds to require its production.
It is an offense if a security guard or technician contravenes this requirement.
Businesses, security companies, and security officers wishing to apply for a security license or to renew an expired license are encouraged to visit the RCIPS website at https://www.rcips.ky/forms to fill out and submit the recommended application forms.
The application forms also provide instructions about submission, the associated fees, and payment methods.