May 4, 2011
Private Security, Licensing Breaches in Ottawa, South Simcoe, and Toronto
ORILLIA, ON, May 4 /CNW/ - Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Anti-Rackets Branch have laid 76 charges in connection with violations of the Private Security and Investigative Services Act (PSISA).
Between April 28th and April 30th, OPP, assisted by members of the South Simcoe Police Service, conducted enforcement initiatives in Ottawa, Bradford-West Gwillimbury, and Toronto, within and near the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) venue.
Officers attended a number of establishments in Ottawa, Bradford-West Gwillimbury, and Toronto, including licensed premises within each jurisdiction. A number of businesses were found to be in violation of provisions of the PSISA.
A total of 28 charges were laid in Ottawa, 12 charges were laid in Bradford-West Gwillimbury, and 36 charges were laid during the Toronto initiative, including 16 uniform violations within the UFC venue. The investigations are continuing and further charges may be pending.
The initiatives bring to 21 the number of pro-active enforcement efforts to ensure provisions of the PSIS Act and Regulations are adhered to within the province of Ontario.
CHARGES BY LOCATION
Ottawa (28 Charges) - April 28, 2011
South Simcoe (12 Charges) - April 29, 2011
Toronto (36 Charges) - April 30, 2011
Under the Private Security & 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 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.
For further information:
|Contact:||D/S/Sgt. Rick LePage|
|OPP Criminal Investigative Services|