By Shadrack Nyakoe
SGA Security, a leading private security firm in the East African region has been awarded an operational license by Private Security Regulatory Authority (PSRA), becoming the first tier 1 private security firm to acquire such certification in compliance with the government regulation.
The acquisition of the license is in line with the Private Security Regulations Act which directs every private security agency to obtain a mandatory PSRA license to operate in Kenya. Private Security Regulatory Authority (PRSA) was directed to vet and clear all private security firms pursuant to the Private Security Regulations Act 2016.
Speaking during the official handover of the PSRA license, PSRA Director-General Fazul Mahamed congratulated SGA for the immense milestone, a reflection of the continued performance in the provision of a broad range of security services that contribute to the safety of clients’ homes and businesses.
“SGA Kenya Limited is commended for being a private security provider with good standing, through compliance in line with the private security legislation. The five-year PSRA license is a certification for registration, a confirmation of SGA’s dedication to continue revolutionizing the security sector by offering practical solutions, professionalism and efficiency” Mr. Fazul said.
While receiving the PSRA license, SGA Group CEO and Chairman Julius Delahaije thanked PSRA for its leadership to spearhead a regulatory structure through the mandatory license that will ensure that private security firms are operated in accordance with the set principles.
“At SGA, our pillars prioritize integrity to provide innovative security solutions to our customers anchored in sustainability for the sake of our community’s safety and security, not only here in Kenya, but also through our footprint in Uganda and Tanzania. The PSRA license granted to us today is evidence of our continued commitment to quality assurance of our varied services ranging from guarding, cash in transit, alarm response, tracking and tracing, events security, VIP escorts, security consultancy and other technical and IT related security installations,” said Delahaije.
Delahaije was accompanied by the Group Deputy Chairman Jeremy Van Tongeren, Country Manager SGA Kenya Lucas Ndolo and Group Commercial Manager Jackson Mbuthia.
Recently, SGA celebrated another milestone as it attained the prestigious International Standards Organization (ISO) 18788:2015 certification from Intertek – the highest standard for any security firm in Kenya and the region, in recognition of its conduct and compliance with risk management capabilities to meet the professional requirements of clients and other stakeholders in the Security Operations Management System (SOMS).