Security Contractors Outnumber Police Officers Worldwide

By Carlton Purvis

The Small Arms Survey says the use of PSCs is only going to become more frequent and says increased transparency, better established regulations, and oversight of PSC worldwide would be beneficial to both governments and security companies by enhancing the ability to monitor progress of such a rapidly growing industry and promote adherence to international standards.

In May, ASIS International was awarded a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense to develop an ANSI standard that provides principles and requirements for a quality assurance management system for private sector security organizations to abide by and demonstrate accountability to internationally recognized norms of civil and human rights while providing quality assurance in the provision of their products and services. The standard will enable private sector security service providers to demonstrate their operations and services are consistent with the principles of the “Montreux Document on Pertinent International Legal Obligations and Good Practices for States related to Operations of Private Military and Security Companies during Armed Conflict” and the “International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers” (ICoC ). As of July, the ASIS Technical Committee has held its first meeting for the development of an American National Standard to support the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers (ICoC).

Examining private security is just one part of the lengthy, annually published report. Other sections focus on weapons policy, procurement, and case studies.

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