Between June 23 and June 25, 2011OPP members conducted an investigation into the provision of private security services at the International Indian Film Association (IIFA) “Bollywood” Awards. A number of business and individuals were found to be in violation of provisions of the PSISA.
Charges will include:
- 16 counts of working as an unlicensed security guard,
- 24 counts of employing an unlicensed security guard,
- 96 counts of licensed agency permit uniform violation,
- Two (2) counts of selling security guard services no license
- Four (4) counts of hold out as agency licensed to sell security guard services, and no license.
Two British nationals have been charged with working as unlicensed security guards in relation to close protection security provided to a Bollywood star.
The investigation is linked to on-going enforcement initiatives to ensure provisions of the PSIS Act and Regulations are adhered to within the province of Ontario. The investigation is continuing and further charges are anticipated.
Under the Private Security and Investigative Services Act, individuals performing security work in Ontario must be licensed. Additionally, establishments employing in-house security guards must be registered with the Private Security and Investigative Service Branch.
Business entities selling the services of security guards are required to be licensed by the Ministry of Community safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) and responsible to ensure their security guards are licensed. Persons convicted of working as unlicensed security guards are subject to a maximum fine of $25,000, under the PSIS Act and up to one year in custody.