NEWS & ANALYSIS

U.S. Has Spent at Least $6 Billion in Iraq on Private Security Contractors

The United States has spent at least $6 billion on private security contractors, like Blackwater USA, in Iraq since the war began in April 2003, according to a report released today by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

Security Guard Shot Dead Outside Marijuana Clinic

The security guard was shot dead outside a pot clinic during a robbery attempt yesterday in Los Angeles.

LAPD Wants to Exclusively Provide Security on Hollywood Sets

LAPD Chief William Bratton argues the current movie-set officers, many of whom are retired police officers, are not accountable to the police department.

Making Security Officers Matter

By empowering security officers, property owners and security managers can effectively harden soft targets while increasing the professionalism and legitimacy of a much maligned profession, says one ASIS member speaking at a fire-safety conference.

Canada: Firms With Government Contracts Face Greater Scrutiny

Quebec's government will now thoroughly screen employees, managers, and shareholders of firms receiving government security contractors after news one contractor had ties to organized crime.

Panel Says PSCs Are Here to Stay; Need Regulation

A diverse panel, including industry advocates and an executive, agreed private security contractors need U.S. regulation to weed out irresponsible firms and hold contractors responsible for abuses.

Security Industry Booming in India

India's rapid industrialization has spurred explosive growth in its private security industry.

Australia: Security Industry Gets Tough on Its Guards

Under tough new standards implemented in September, the security industry in New South Wales, Australia, has fired more than 150 security guards and refused licenses to 65 more for inappropriate behavior .

TSA Strengthens Whistleblower Protections

Yesterday's agreement between TSA and the Merit Systems Protection Board provides an additional appeals process for transportation security workers with whistleblower retaliation complaints.

Congress Tries to Get a Grip on Private Security Firms

Witnesses and senators alike agreed on the necessity of regulating private security contractors overseas.
 




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