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[DOC] Do Private Security Companies Have a Role in Ensuring the Security of Local Populations and Aid Workers?

Author: Jean S. Renouf, Coordinator of the European Interagency Security Forum, Published on: 1 September 2007

Within the framework of the debates regarding the concept of protection, this paper examines whether private security companies have a role to play in ensuring the physical security of local populations and whether they can improve the security management of humanitarian actors. The paper introduces the private security industry, highlights its strengths and weaknesses and outlines its impact on humanitarian action...some companies, such as ArmorGroup or Control Risks, have developed a specific strategy to attract humanitarian organisations...Greystone Ltd offers a “peacekeeping package”...Other private security companies such as Aegis, Blackwater and USPI have developed their own foundations to provide assistance to local communities, predominantly in Iraq and Afghanistan. This usually consists of the distribution of goods. Risk & Co. (formerly Atlantic Intelligence & BD Consultants) have put into place a “security training for NGOs working in conflict areas”...Wackenhut Services [part of Group 4 Securicor] offers annual “humanitarian awards” to some of its employees. [also refers to Pacific Architects and Engineers (part of Lockheed Martin), Medical Support Solutions, Dyncorp, Blue Sky, Centurion]

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Related companies: Aegis Defence Services (part of Aegis Group) Aegis Group ArmorGroup (part of G4S) Blackwater Control Risks DynCorp G4S Greystone Lockheed Martin Pacific Architects and Engineers (part of Lockheed Martin) Wackenhut (part of G4S)