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They can take up investigation of non-cognisable crimes: Barnala

CHENNAI: Private security and detective agencies should supplement the work done by the law enforcers and work in unison with them, Governor Surjit Singh Barnala said on Sunday.

The private agencies can take up investigation of non-cognisable crimes and issues such as liabilities in civil cases, he said inaugurating the Tamil Nadu chapters of the Association of Private Detectives of India (ADPI) and the Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI).

Healthy relations

They should develop healthy relations with the Ministry of Home Affairs and information they received on national security should be passed on to the law enforcers. They should also be trained to deal with fire accidents and natural calamities and extend a helping hand in eliminating terrorism. They should keep an eye on anti-social and anti-national activities and be a useful source of information to law enforcers, the Governor said. The private agencies can assist the police as informants, and by providing crucial evidence, Minister for Electricity and Rural Industries Arcot N. Veerasami said. By playing a supplementary role, they could help to bring down the workload of the police.

There was a need to establish internal checks and balances among the private security agencies.

With the growth of commerce in the State, their role was also becoming more important, said Ambuj Sharma, Special Secretary, Home.

Representational body

The CAPSI was formed out of the need to have a national representational body for the private security industry, Kunwar Vikram Singh, president, ADPI and CAPSI, said.

By setting up regional and State chapters, the CAPSI would liaise with State Governments to formulate rules for the Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act, 2005.

The forum would also interact with the political leadership.