Even though Nicaragua is ranked as the safest country in the
region, citizens are not exempt of being victims of crime either in
the streets, offices, and business or in their own homes.
Therefore many of us turn to companies that provide security
service to ensure the safety of our employees, customers, family
In the case of Nicaragua, the private security service to date
is regulated by the law number 903, entitled Law of Private
Security Services, which was published in La Gaceta Diario Oficial
No. 141 of July 29, 2015.
This Law aims to regulate the private security services provided
by natural or legal persons, whether for commercial purposes or for
personal gain, including the facilities of the companies that
provide the service, control of their personnel, equipment and
It should be noted that to provide such service it is required
that companies/individuals providing such service obtain an
operating license issued by the enforcement authority of Law 903,
i.e. the National Police. This License is classified by law as a
nontransferable public document, nominal and is granted for a term
of five years, subject to the prior compliance of all the
requirements established by Law 903 for each type of service and
the payment of the fee according to the type of security service
In addition, the law also created the National Registry of
Private Security Services, which is responsible for registering the
people and companies providing the service, their staff, uniforms,
control the type of service and licenses, control the location of
firearms (guns); which should be placed in warehouses, among other
Law 903 defines the security services that can be provided,
these being: 1. Physical and personal protection monitoring, which
refers to the protection of people, industries, facilities,
establishments, movable and immovable property and property values
of others or themselves, including customers or visitors of users
of the service of Private security. 2. Protection of values i.e.
administration, transport in its modality and custody; 3. Nonlethal
Electronic Security controlled by responsive services that includes
monitoring and GPS tracking, monitoring centers and alarm
monitoring and response electric fences; and 4. Education and
training of private security service.
The law also expressly prohibits natural or legal persons to
pursuit the searching for information or data that violate the
constitutional rights of individuals their intimacy and privacy, or
on matters pertaining exclusively to the national police.
Providers of private security services are required to ensure
the training of staff according to their functions, especially the
ones requiring constant learning in the field.
As mentioned above to provide the service prior license is
required, which according to the law can be canceled for the
following reasons: 1. Final ruling that prove the link of the
administration or Board of Directors of the companies that provide
the security services or the owner of the business is affiliated to
organized crime and narcotrafficking; 2. For committing proven
corporate crimes; 3. Use the private security services for the
commission of criminal offenses; 4. When the administration of the
company that provide security services orders security guards to be
involved in activities that disrupt public order or attempt against
citizen and human security; 5. When private security providers do
not comply with labor and social security legislation; 6.
termination of operations.
This cancellation must be recorded in the corresponding registry
and license holder must return it within five days and deliver
weapons and ammunition that are registered. The owner of the
private security company cannot constitute a new private security
company or join any other company with the same or similar
As we can see, the services of private security and surveillance
are properly regulated by law and it´s important that when we
hire these type of services we must make sure that the company or
individual has the corresponding operating license which must be in
compliance with the requirements of the law and therefore giving
the customers legal certainty of their services.
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about your specific circumstances.
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En relación con las Leyes Secundarias en materia de
Anticorrupción, el pasado 6 de Mayo, informamos que el
Senado de la República realizó la clausura del
Periodo Ordinario de Sesiones de la Cámara, dejando
pendientes 10 proyectos legislativos ..
Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados
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