More security guards target crime, crashes

Wednesday February 26, 2020 Written by Published in Crime
Cook Islands Security plans to more than double its staff. Photo: CIS Cook Islands Security plans to more than double its staff. Photo: CIS

Three round-the-clock teams are needed to respond to trouble on the island, security boss says. 

Thinking of joining the army or the police? The biggest opportunity is to train as a security guard, young Cook Islanders are advised.

Cook Islands Security is embarking on an ambitious programme to recruit and train 20 more officers, in the belief that they are better able to be first on the scene at accidents and crimes.

The firm’s boss Chris Denny said last night: "Response times to help someone are paramount, so to have three 24-hour security teams that are licensed and first responder-certified will be of great help to the island today.”

Burglaries dropped by 30 per cent last year – the lowest number recorded in the past seven years, police said.

Denny said: “This goes to show that our security service is working.”

The company is working with Cook Islands Tertiary and Training Institute to get Cook Islanders trained and properly licensed.

A security guard course is to be held in Rarotonga and, once completed, each person will be qualified to New Zealand licensing requirements.

Denny wanted to get his current staff members to take up the course, he said, so he had asked the Institute to work with a New Zealand course provider to offer training.

“It is now important today on Rarotonga that security providers have licensed security guards giving our clients confidence in the service provided.

“Having licensed security officers gives our police more confidence to work alongside them and they will be more open in sharing information relating to crimes we are related to.”

It was also an important service criterion for banks when hiring security, he said.

“Cook Islands Security are very happy to soon have all staff licensed and to ensure all security providers only employ licensed security guards to improve the standards here on the Island including licensed liquor venues and clubs.”

He said all applicants who wished to do the security course should be over 18 years of age and have no criminal history.

They also required control room teams and first responders, as they attend many road crashes. Training security guards as first responders, and responding quickly, would save lives.

If Cook Islanders were looking to join the police or the army, this could be a “good” starting point in their career, he said.

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