A five-year agreement of cooperation was signed between the Ministry of
Interior, General Department of the National Police, and the security firm MPA
Ltd., at the Intercontinental Hotel March 2.
Chuck Krueger, MPA's Country
Manager, said the agreement commits the parties to work in cooperation to ensure
security and safety of the public and property.
"There is a worldwide
movement towards privatization of security services. It is less expensive [for
governments] and people get better service," said Krueger.
is concerned with employment for demobilized troops and police and private
security companies provide an ideal work environment for people with their
MPA will have to meet certain regulations to operate. MPA's
security guards will not be allowed to use deadly force or carry firearms and
stun-guns, nor will the guards have handcuffs, said Krueger, adding official
permission must be obtained if they carry batons on duty.
the Ministry of Interior wants private security firms in Cambodia to provide the
eyes and ears for the police.
MPA will provide the first layer of
protection , "the cop on the beat," he said.
According to the agreement,
if the security guards identify a problem or crime, the police will immediately
respond and pursue an investigation.
"We will be wired in. We'll be doing
things the police need done, and they will be providing the response," said
MPA now provides security for factories, residences and offices,
but the company will explore the possibility of providing neighborhood security
services in future.