I thought this would be a good one for those of you interested in working in Haiti. This paper goes over the various challenges the PSC industry is coming up against, and some possible solutions for squaring away that industry. Ever since the earth quake, Haiti has been struggling to maintain order and rebuild. Having a well regulated and effective security industry will definitely help to maintain that order. –Matt
From Private Security to Public Good: Regulating the Private Security Industry in Haiti
June 18, 2012
Haiti, like many countries, relies heavily on private security companies to protect people and property. However, while the private security industry has a vital role to play in stabilizing the country, it has long functioned without effective government oversight. Haiti’s security sector reform (SSR) process has begun to address this shortcoming. The paper analyzes the current state of the private security industry in Haiti and the legal framework under which it operates, and makes recommendations for how a reformed legal and regulatory regime can guide the next phase of its development, based on interviews with owners and agents of private security companies, industry associations, senior Haitian police personnel, United Nations (UN) planners and parliamentary leaders. The paper concludes that genuine consultation and partnership between the government, industry and civil society is required, if SSR programs in Haiti and elsewhere are to successfully marshal private resources towards the public good.
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