The Handbook on the Use of Force for Private Security Companies was conceived by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in order to provide a use of force protocol and training platform for usage by Private Security Companies (PSCs) that deliver services in support of the Maritime Crime Program. The handbook was developed over a three-year period in cooperation with experts from governments, international organizations, NGOs, the PSC industry and academia. Based on a flexible approach to use of force, it offers guidance on issues respecting defense of persons and property, and provides security providers with options for modifying security postures as jurisdictions or situations change and evolve. The Handbook has been designed for use in any environment across the spectrum of PSC operations.
OBP and SCEG will co-host the public launch of the Handbook in London. The event will include a brief overview of the Handbook’s guidance and will be followed by a discussion about its potential adoption for use in a wide range of environments on land and at sea.