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Tales from the inside: drugs and disorder at G4S's prison of the future  
The Guardian  |  29 April 2014
> The vision for HMP Oakwood was certainly ambitious. When the super-sized prison opened in spring 2012, government ministers heralded it as the blueprint for a new generation of money-saving jumbo jails.

ISO/PAS 28007 a Factor for Maritime Security Companies 
MarineLink  |  29 April 2014
> Almost 50% of the shipping companies who took part in a maritime security survey carried out by GoAGT would only employ ISO/PAS 28007 certified companies.

Mercenary firm pulls out of Basel over new law  |  27 April 2014
> Seven months after Swiss parliament voted to outlaw the provision of mercenaries by Swiss-based security firms, British security contractor Aegis, one of the world’s largest working in conflict zones, is pulling its holding company out of Basel.

Why Is Blackwater Helping to Train Brazil’s World Cup Security? 
The Nation  |  25 April 2014
> In news as shocking as it was unreported in the United States, the Brazilian press revealed earlier this week that Academi—the rebranded private militia once known as Blackwater—has been providing security training for the 2014 World Cup.

The Real Winner of the Afghan War Is This Shady Military Contractor 
The Daily Beast  |  24 April 2014
> For over a decade, the State Department gave 69% of its funding for Afghanistan to a single company—a company with a particularly checkered history.

ISOA Announces 2014 Board of Directors By-Election Results 
ISOA  |  21 April 2014
> The International Stability Operations Association is pleased to announce Ryan Berry of Troutman Sanders for his election to the ISOA Board of Directors. His term commenced on 2 April 2014 and will run through 31 October 2015.

Whither the Private Maritime Security Companies of South and Southeast Asia? (Part 2) 
Center for International Maritime Security  |  21 April 2014
> In part two we look at regional factors that have or could lessen the threats to which PMSCs provide services in response - including government action, capacity building, and legal regimes – and will conclude with final thoughts on the outlook for PMSCs in the region.

America Should End Mercenary Contracts 
Center for International Maritime Ssec  |  19 April 2014
> Private military contractors are one facet of the military-industrial-congressional complex that ought to be dismantled.

Speaker John Bercow accused of risking MPs’ safety with plan to bring in private security firm at Commons 
Daily Mail  |  19 April 2014
> Speaker John Bercow was last night accused of putting MPs’ safety in jeopardy after deciding to ‘sack’ Scotland Yard and bring in private security to take on a high-profile role at the Commons.

PMCS: The End or the Beginning? 
Center for International Maritime Security  |  17 April 2014
> The National Intelligence Council’s report Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds released in December 2012 revealed trends, game-changers, and potential worlds that have relevance to maritime security.

Standard Club welcomes new Guardcon West Africa 
Seatrade Global  |  17 April 2014
> The Standard Club has praised Bimco’s adaptation of its Guardcon contract for use in security arrangements off West Africa.

Whither the Private Maritime Security Companies of South and Southeast Asia? 
Center for International Maritime Security  |  16 April 2014
> In a week-long operation in June 2010, 6 vessels were attacked and robbed over a 130-mile span while in a nearby strait armed security contractors kept watch for the pirate threat.1 The same waters have played host to a “sophisticated syndicate…deploying speedboats from motherships” with raiding parties able to “board, rob, and disembark a vessel with fifteen minutes without the bridge knowing.”

Security firms eye profits in push to privatize police services 
Ottawa Business Journal  |  16 April 2014
> When it comes to skyrocketing policing costs, Eli El-Chantiry points his finger squarely at fingerprinting.

Obligations to refugees ignored 
Sydney Morning Herald  |  15 April 2014
> The Australian government’s decision to send asylum seekers to other countries and to use private companies to run detention centres signifies a worrying lack of interest by the government in its international obligations towards refugees, says an international law expert.

Port2Port contractors released on bail 
MarineLog  |  14 April 2014
> Port2Port West Africa, the Nigerian subsidiary of Port2Port maritime security of the U.K., reports that two of its contractors were released on bail, April 9, on the order of Justice Akpomiemie of the High Court of Bayelsa State, Yenagoa, Nigeria.

Shift in U.S. policy could cause increased piracy in Indian Ocean  
Le Mauricien  |  13 April 2014
> A newly-released White Paper published by a maritime firm in the U.K. says that a shift in U.S. policy will likely lead to a resurgence of piracy East of the Suez and in the Indian Ocean within the next 18 months.

Judge in Blackwater Prosecution Seeks Probe of State Dept.  
Project on Government Oversight  |  11 April 2014
> A federal judge wants an explanation for the State Department’s conduct in the prosecution of Blackwater security guards accused of shooting dozens of unarmed Iraqi civilians in Nisour Square, Baghdad, in September 2007. Four guards are scheduled to go to trial in June over the incident, which left 14 Iraqis dead and 20 wounded.

PvdA: No Security on Merchant Vessels 
NL Times  |  8 April 2014
> Ship owners are outraged at the decision that PvdA made in Parliament to disallow private, armed security on board merchant vessels. The Royal Association of Dutch Ship Owners (KVNR) says that the party is leaving the vessels to their lots.

US Contractor Greystone Denies Its 'Mercenaries' in Ukraine  
ABC News  |  8 April 2014
> The Russian government today claimed there are more than 100 American “mercenaries” from a defense contracting company disguised as Ukrainian troops in the embattled former Soviet nation, a claim the American firm and top U.S. officials deny.

Blackwater Named in State Department Probe, Spent $$ on Pricey Airfare, Deep Fat Fryer 
ABC News  |  8 April 2014
> The controversial private security firm formerly known as Blackwater received $1 billion in funds that the State Department did not properly keep track of, a department inspector general report found.

Crime-Busting G4S Faces South Africa Private Security Curbs 
Bloomberg News  |  7 April 2014
> G4S Plc, the world’s biggest provider of security services, and rivals including Securitas AB and Tyco International Ltd. face having to relinquish control of their South African units as the government restricts foreign ownership of the industry.

Ex-Blackwater Guard Wins Challenge of Manslaughter Indictment 
National Law Journal  |  7 April 2014
> A federal appeals court in Washington handed the U.S. Department of Justice a loss Monday in its revived prosecution of former private security guards charged with killing Iraqi civilians in 2007.

Outsourcing Security as Bangalore’s Police Force Shrinks 
New York Times  |  4 April 2014
> Bangalore currently has a police force of 16,000 and in the last five years, 3,000 vacancies because of a hiring freeze, said Raghavendra Auradkar, Bangalore’s police commissioner. As Bangalore’s population has grown, the police force has shrunk. It is a scant force for a city of 10 million. New York, with a population of 8.3 million, has a uniform strength of 34,500.

Maritime Security Comes of Age 
Maritime Executive  |  3 April 2014
> In recent years, the number of companies offering protective services to the global shipping industry has increased at an astonishing pace. This surge in service providers has also seen a number of less-than-able companies enter the market and attempt to undercut more established players by slashing prices, using sharp practices or making false claims.

AdvanFort withdraws from SAMI 
Maritime Security News  |  2 April 2014
> AdvanFort has announced today that it is withdrawing from the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI). On its website, SAMI asserts that it is a ‘focal point for global maritime security matters’. However, according to Advanfort’s acting president, Ahmed (AL) Farajallah, when he reached out to SAMI for help with the 35 guards who were arrested in India in October, his calls and emails went unanswered.

We take private security firms serious - Minister 
The Canadian Press  |  2 April 2014
> Ontario's auditor general will be conducting a value-for-money audit on controversial security contracts for Toronto's 2015 Pan Am Games.

The Chaos Company 
Vanity Fair  |  1 April 2014
> Wherever governments can’t—or won’t—maintain order, from oil fields in Africa to airports in Britain and nuclear facilities in America, the London-based “global security” behemoth G4S has been filling the void. It is the world’s third-largest private-sector employer and commands a force three times the size of the British military. On-site in South Sudan with G4S ordnance-disposal teams, William Langewiesche learns just how dirty the job can get, and how perilous the company’s control.

We take private security firms serious - Minister 
Ghana Web  |  1 April 2014
> Deputy Minister of Interior James Agalga has indicated that his outfit is committed to upgrading the operational capacity of private security firms in the country.

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