Trade body to promote guidelines for private security agencies to identify radicalised individuals

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SINGAPORE: The Security Association of Singapore on Thursday (Jun 22) stated it will be promoting a set of standards and telltale indications for private security firms to use to recognize potentially radicalised people, due to the current action against 2 AETOS auxiliary cops officers. This will be performed in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Singapore Police, the security trade association said in its press release. It added that it will work with its members to develop internal whistle-blowing policies to make sure the agencies have the procedures to successfully handle possible circumstances of radicalisation.

Singaporean Muhammad Khairul Mohamed, 24, an auxiliary law enforcement officer at the traffic enforcement division at Woodlands Checkpoint, was detained in May and detained under the Internal Security Act for preparing to take a trip to Syria to take part in armed violence, inning accordance with the MHA on Tuesday.

Khairul’s associate, Mohamad Rizal Wahid, was put under a restriction order in June for supporting his intentions to combat in Syria, the ministry included.

The SAS stated it was “deeply worried” about these newest enforcement actions. “This episode might impact the self-confidence that the general public has in personal security agencies and personnel,” it said.

The trade body added that it created a Counter-Terrorism Committee this May to look into personal security firms and workers can play their part in Singapore’s counter-terrorism efforts, and this committee will deal with the pertinent authorities on the 2 efforts above.It likewise said the 2 individuals are “not representative “of the majority of personal security personnel, who are responsible employees going about their daily jobs. “We concur with Minister for House Affairs K Shanmugam that household and buddies are the primary group to determine radicalised people at an early stage, which it is not likely that the SPF or AETOS could have gotten indications of radicalisation through vetting,” SAS said.

“Nonetheless, security companies can still play an important function in helping to recognize radicalised people through the steps described above.”


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