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A research institution says up to 25.5 million people work as private security guards — outnumbering the police — in key areas such as airports, prisons and borders in 70 nations.

The annual survey by the Graduate Institute of Geneva says the gap between the number of private guards and police is quite large in some countries: Guatemala has 120,000 private security personnel and just under 20,000 police officers; India has 7 million private guards and 1.4 million police.

But the Small Arms Survey released Wednesday said private guards carry only about one-seventh the number of firearms as law enforcement.

Source: The Associated Press via The Star.

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