Industry leaders loath to arm private security officers

A security officer at a shopping mall. Industry players say verbal or physical abuse of such officers points to a larger issue - the lack of appreciation for the work private security officers do.
A security officer at a shopping mall. Industry players say verbal or physical abuse of such officers points to a larger issue - the lack of appreciation for the work private security officers do.ST FILE PHOTO

They say weapons will not prevent abuse and could backfire

Most security industry leaders do not think private security officers should be armed, even though informal polls with agencies found that the majority of officers have been verbally or physically abused.

The debate over whether security officers should carry weapons such as tasers or batons resurfaced in the wake of a recent viral video showing a 60-year-old officer being punched at the Roxy Square carpark allegedly over a dispute about directions out of the building.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 22, 2019, with the headline 'Industry leaders loath to arm private security officers'. Print Edition | Subscribe