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Record number of private security guards in B.C. raises questions

By Canadian Security   

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Last year, the number of private security guards in British Columbia hit an all-time high, bouncing back from a slight dip the industry encountered in 2010.

According to Ministry of Justice statistics, there were 16,409 guards licensed under the Security Services Act in 2014. That’s up from 15,641 the previous year and more than double the 7,743 security guards registered a decade earlier, in 2004.

In a telephone interview, Doug King, a lawyer with Pivot Legal Society, asked if the industry will ever stop growing. “You have to wonder, where are all the guards going?” he said. “What are they doing?”

Read the full story on the Georgia Straight website here.


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