A Blackwater security standard?

It looks like ANSI and ASIS just completed their joint standard ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012 Management System for Quality of Private Security Company Opertions – Requirements with Guidance. Here's how they describe this:

This Standard builds on the Montreux Document and the International Code of Conduct (ICoC) for Private Security Service Providers to provide requirements and guidance for a management system with auditable criteria for Quality of Private Security Company Operations, consistent with respect for human rights, legal obligations and good practices related to operations of private security service provider companies in conditions where governance and the rule of law have been undermined by conflict or disaster. It provides auditable requirements based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act model for third-party certification of private security service providers working for any client.

So it's roughly a set of standards that companies like the old Blackwater (now Academi) really ought to follow.

And according to a press release(PDF) on the ASIS web site, the US Department of Defense seems to think that this standard is a good idea:

“The United States government supports the principles of the ICoC and Montreux Document,” says Gary Motsek, deputy assistant secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense. “Using its communication platform, ASIS established a community around the world to address a crucial interest of governments and civil society everywhere. PSCs can now demonstrate commitment and accountability to the ICoC and Montreux Document.”

Getting a copy of this standard will cost me $165. I'm not that interested in what it actually has to say, but I'm sort of interested in seeing exactly what organizations participated in the creation of it.

  • Christopher Mayer

    I am the Department of Defense’s project manager for this effort. There were somewhat more people in the working group than you list. There were 44 people in the working group from private security providers, government, users of private security services, human rights organizations, academics, etc. The larger technical committee included over 200 people from 24 countries. I would be very happy to answer any questions regarding the development and government implementation of the standard.


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