Published: 10 March 2022
Mr Leon Perera: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs whether the Government will study the possibility of a pilot exercise to allow ex-offenders to obtain a security officer licence under strict rules that are made transparent.
Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law:
1. Security officers are often in positions of trust. They are entrusted with the duty to protect premises, property and persons.
2. The Police make an assessment of all applicants. This will include considering their criminal records (if any). Having a criminal record will mean a much higher bar for the applicant. However, a criminal record is not an absolute bar. Police will look at the nature of the offence, as well as other relevant background. Ex-offenders have been granted licences.