Egged on by the city police, pubs and bars at Sahara Mall have started deploying trained, verified and more “sobre-looking” security guards in place of “unruly” bouncers.
Personal security officers (PSOs) -- as they are now known – have been hired from registered private security agencies. Five pubs in the mall have hired more than 25 PSOs from a security agency, so far. More are expected to follow the suit.
Clad in semi-formal attires – black T-shirt and trousers -- complete with ID cards, these PSOs will take care of the security of the pubs which had gained notoriety owing to frequent brawls.
The security agency had got the police verification of these PSOs done, said a pub owner.
Ashok Tanwar, the owner of Ignite, said the PSOs would be more “presentable and courteous”. These factors help in regaining public confidence.
“A series pub brawls had damaged our reputation. I am sure PSOs will make a change,” he added.
On March 21, the police had slapped a blanket ban on the deployment of bouncers in the pubs.
DCP (crime) Maheswar Dayal said, “Pub employees should behave sensibly with the crowd. If we find that a pub has hired a security guard from an unauthorized agency, we would take strict action against the pub owner.”
As many as 15 cases have so far been registered against bouncers of Sahara Mall.