Updates from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Information on Our Next Private Investigator Training Course – Week of October 24, 2011

We are running our next private investigator training course during the week of October 24, 2011. Completion of this course, including the take-home materials will allow participants to sign up for the Private Investigator Licensing Exam from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services of Ontario.

For more information about the training please contact training@evincesvc.com. For more information about the test itself, please contact the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

In other news, the Ministry is proposing some changes. First it is proposing to amend the Private Security and Investigative Services Act to extend the term of a private investigator’s license from one year to two years, and to change the date of renewal to the individual’s date of birth. I’m pleased to have the term of the license extended, but would prefer not to tie the license expiry date to my date of birth.

The Ministry provides plenty of notice to licensees that their license is set to expire. I don’t think it adds any real value in terms of lessening the administrative burden and it ties one’s date of birth to (another) public record unnecessarily.

The other amendment that is being proposed is the exemption of close protection personnel (i.e. bodyguards) who come to Ontario from other jurisdictions, to perform protection services in Ontario when they work in the “recorded video and audio-visual industry”. My read on this is that this relates to people working for recording artists visiting Ontario, or who work for the attendees of film festivals like the Toronto International Film Festival and the recently held International Indian Film Awards. All well and good, but they should be required to understand what is permissible in Ontario and what isn’t. For example, a license to hold a firearm in another country most probably does not grant you permission to have a firearm in Ontario.

Finally, what about the thespians of the stage? How about professional athletes? Who’s looking out for these groups? It is an interesting place to draw the line.

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