Regulation of the Private Security Companies' Law -
Presidential Decree No. 225/17 of September 27th
On 27 of September 2017 entered into force the Presidential Decree No. 225/17, which regulates the Law on Private Security Companies - Law No. 10/14 of July 30.
For the purpose of the present law, private security activities must be carried out by commercial companies, whose corporate purpose is:
(i) provision of services by private entities to third parties
(ii) the organization, by any entities and for their own benefit, of self-protection systems for the protection of persons and property as well as the prevention and participation to the competent authorities of crimes and administrative transgressions.
This law establishes that only national citizens who are of legal age and who have not been convicted of a felony already with a final court decision may be shareholders of private security companies and reiterates that that only Angolan nationals can be appointed to management positions (manager or director).
We highlight that the exercise of private security activities requires a permit issued by the Angolan National Police valid for a period of 5 years which may be renewed for equal and successive periods.
The licensing process is made before the Angolan National Police Command of the area of the company head-office. The deferment depends on the result of an inspection as well as the subscription of civil liability insurance (mandatory for this activity).
This regulation also establishes criteria for various matters, in particular the following:
- Inspections to security companies;
- Requirements for the admission of workers;
- Workforce training;
- Vocational training schools;
- Security company duties;
- Material and equipment that the security company and its employees may use.
The breach of duties and obligations established by this regulation are subject to fines, which if not voluntarily settled within fifteen (15) days are sent to Court.
The company activity may be suspended during the pendency of the action in Court.
Lastly, the law establishes a period of one (1) year in which the companies shall comply with its requirements.