Pinoys on Patrol overseas: Guns for Hire? – ‘Guards for hire’ better term:

June 25, 2006 at 7:44 pm 4 comments

Way back in 2001 I did a report on this topic for "a media outlet"   on the growing number of people being recruited to serve in the Private Armies of Security firms  – that was five years ago… 

Now- the fact that some media outlets are looking into the story is almost a replay of the one I did so long ago… the story is not new – US, UK, South African and other nationalities recruited often are warned that while working as guards – there are risks – including being labeled a Mercenary or "Solder of Fortune'. 

[]… Recent reports of the intrepid Malaya has sparked a controversy regarding recruitment of "mercenaries" by the Blackwater Corp. Blackwater is engaged in training and deployment of "private security aides" for different individuals and governments. … [] http://schumey.blogspot.com/

But the concept is not new at all  – all through history foreign armies have recruited those who had the skills and abilities desired for their armed forces. Since nations outlawed the practise Private firms working for large multinational companies have brought to life these people anew – to serve as their own special security forces – Legal – but perhaps something the POEA should indeed look into more closely. Such as insurance and other policies needed for these individuals.

As many thousands – and I mean it- thousands of OFW's serve in these roles either in a armed capacity or as a support staff member such as a drivers, call center work, emergency medical response, you name it. 

These large firms offer numerous opportunities for salaries many in the AFP would easily qualify for and earn from after doing their services required by law. It is a legal lucrative business after-all when in fact these companies are doing things by legal standards.

I doubt Blackwater- whihc has been openly recruiting and creating jobs in public view- posses qualities that make it 'a model' for perhaps more security and emergency services roles OFW's from this career background could go into.

The list of legal international security firms is long! look up some below and see that indeed in this world where currently international security risks are thought of as a major concern increasingly those with the skills will be sought out and hired to do the jobs.

Perhaps government can organize this – making it another outsource industry ?

So long as the companies hiring are following the laws and since many of these firms provide security for OFW's in the same crisis areas where they work on development projects for US AID, the UN, AUSAID and others. 

 

The Names of the firms below are published in guide for media groups who travel to these hotspots as those who are 'good firms' they follow the laws and are private security firms that can be hired to protect crews in Iraq many of the firms will not take cold calls or assignments from people not recomended by Government embassies.

In no way is this an endorsement of these firms but this is just to serve as an example of those firms out there who follow – all legal requirements and protect a lot of OFW's all over the mideast region.  

AD Consultancy

Headquarters:                   
ADC House
P.O. Box 153
Sutton, Surrey SM3 9WF
United Kingdom
Website: www.adconsultancy.com

Description of Services:
Risk and threat assessment, close protection teams/bodyguards, asset protection, secure commodity escort, travel and escort security, residential and premises security, aviation security, maritime security, oil and gas industry security, surveillance and counter surveillance.


AKE Limited

Headquarters:
Mortimer House
Holmer Road
Hereford HR4 9TA
UK
Website: www.akegroup.com

Description of Services:
Hostile regions training, reduced personal insurance rates, the services of security risk specialists, location security audits, personal security reviews, body armor, medical audits, equipment, assistance and evacuation; political, security, intelligence and cultural briefings, subscription-based online secure database of security, risk and intelligence information, including twice-weekly Iraq security briefings.


ArmorGroup

Headquarters:
25 Buckingham Gate
London
SW1E 6LD
info@armorgroup.com

Description of services:

ArmorGroup operates in 40 countries worldwide and is a leading international risk management, security services, mine action, and information service provider. In Iraq we currently have offices in Mosul, Baghdad, and Basra, and on-going operations throughout the country. They provide major corporate and government clients in Iraq with risk assessment and management, close protection, manned guarding, technical security systems, and mine action services (mine clearing and unexploded ordnance disposal). ArmorGroup supports the Joint US/UK Government's Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, and subscribes to the Code of Conduct of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. ArmorGroup is a United Nations approved provider, and is ISO 9001:2000 certified. ArmorGroup's Baghdad office is not able to deal with job applications. 


Control Risks Group

Headquarters:
83 Victoria Street
London SW1H OHW
United Kingdom
www.crg.com

Description of Services:
Control risk is a leading international business risk consultancy with 28 years experience of supporting more than 5,300 clients in over 130 countries. They currently have an office in Baghdad providing major governmental and corporate clients with a range of services, including security management, discreet armed protection, and information support.


Custer Battles

Headquarters:
3959 Pender Drive
Suite 109
Fairfax, VA 22050
Website: www.custerbattles.com

Contact in Iraq:

Description of Services:
Security services, life supports, construction, logistics, transportation, and personal security details.


Diligence Middle East

Headquarters:
1275 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Website: www.diligencellc.com

Description of Services:
Diligence Middle East is the Middle East subsidiary of Diligence LLC, a global information and security services firm. In Iraq, Diligence provides risk advisory consulting, competitive due diligence, close protection, site security, and security escort services for multiple international clients and CPA contractors.


Edinburgh Risk and Security Management

Headquarters:
International Operations
DAFZA
P.O.Box: 54659
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Email: info@edinburghrisk.net

 

Description of Services:
Edinburgh Risk provides consultancy, training and physical services (management, logistics and security) aimed at facilitating business operations in high-risk environments. With a strong client-based focus, Edinburgh Risk is able to act as an 'in house' security provider and business advisor that provide a superior level of service, tailored to your individual needs.

Through applying our extensive knowledge and capabilities to individual risk and business management issues, our objective is to work side by side with our clients to support and facilitate their business operation and provide strategic solutions that will remove any obstacles to effective management. Our aim is to protect our clients people, assets and reputation; and in turn provide them with the freedom to explore the opportunities that are available for their business. We do this through careful planning and accurate threat assessment and by ensuring that client staff are fully aware of the risks of the environment in which they are operating.


Erinys Iraq Limited

Headquarters:
Emerat Mahla
Al-Mansour
Baghdad, Iraq
Website: www.erinysinternationa.com

Description of Services:
Expatriate and Iraqi security services supported by nationwide radio and voice/data satellite communications. Services include managed guard forces, personal protection services, convoy protection, key point, and area security. Company is structured in 3 regions and 12 sectors with expatriate managed offices in each sector.


Genric


Description of Services:
Genric provides global security solutions to corporations in the form of risk assessments, plans and policies for kidnapping, evacuation, crisis management and general security guidelines, physical provision of armed escort teams for personnel and convoys, security managers, occupational health, Technical Surveillance Counter Measures (TSCM), defensive driving, personal, asset and property protection. Offices in the UK, Slovakia, Serbia and the Philippines. A secure facility has been established outside Basra, which provides: armed site security 24/7, air con accommodation, air con offices, 4×4 armored and non-armored vehicle hire or purchase, service and parts center, generation hire or purchase, communications.


Global Risk Strategies

UK Offices:
Website: www.globalrsl.com

Description of Services:
Working together with the U.S. government, United Nations, and key commercial clients to provide significant security, logistics and facilitation services in post conflict Iraq. A country wide network of specialist teams, communications and logistics assets have been established, headquarted in Baghdad, to assist with immediate humanitarian aid and reconstruction projects in the Aviation, Oil, Banking and Infrastructure sectors. Further to this, there are now GLOBAL Close Protection Teams working in support of the Ministries of the Coalition Provisional Authority.


Group 4 Falck A/S

Headquarters:
Panchwati
82-A, Sector 18
Gurgaon 122016 (Haryana)
India
Website: www.group4falck.com

Description of Services:
Guarding services including static guards, patrol guards, close protection, control room guards, and air marshals (armed and unarmed). Technical and security systems solutions. Physical security and design. Cash services (armed vehicles) with trained crew to transfer cash and valuables. Provide ATM services, wage packaging and distribution. Cashing sorting. Ambulance services (vehicles and professional staff). Firefighting services (vehicles, products and professional staff). Prisons and prison management. Global solutions. Facility management and training services.


Hill and Associates, Ltd.

Headquarters:
2604-9 Harbour Center
No. 25 Harbour Road
Wanchai, Hong King
Website: www.hill-assoc.com

Description of Services:
Hill and Associates are a risk management consultancy company with ten years of experience supporting Fortune 500 companies in Asia Pacific and the Middle East. They currently have offices in Kuwait City, Dubai and Baghdad focused on providing clients in Iraq with a range of services, including: executive protection, information services and security audits.


ICP Group Ltd

Headquarters:
2 Old Brompton Road
London SW7 3DQ
United Kingdom
Website: www.icpgroup.ltd.uk

Description of Services:

ICP Group Ltd is an international threat management company servicing many international organizations including the corporate, industrial, financial, telecoms and pharmaceutical industries. With representation country-wide since Desert Storm (1991), ICP Group Ltd have provided security support and services to many major multi-national companies, NGO and government agencies. Providers of high-quality and competitively-priced protection services, security equipment, logistics management and liaison services, ICP Group Ltd can ensure that you are provided with an effective and efficiently managed security solution for short, mid and long-term engagements. Services include: close protection/bodyguards (static and mobile), secure accommodation, armored vehicles, personal protection equipment, field operations supplies, due diligence, risk assessment, audits and project evaluation/analysis, medical services, hostile environment training, specialist insurance coverage (through Lloyds of London), crisis management, and business continuity services and evacuation support and services. ICP Group Ltd protection employees are only either former British and US Special Forces or Elite Forces personnel.

 


Meteoric Tactical Solutions

Headquarters:
6 Meteor Road
Valhalla
Pretoria, South Africa

Description of Services:
Specialized training programs, VIP protection, asset protection, risk management and analysis, even management, asset recovery.


Meyer & Associates

Headquarters:
P.O. Box 1800
Joshua (DFW), TX 76058
www.meyerglobalforce.com

Description of Services:

Security consulting and problem resolution, executive protection/bodyguards, advance work, intelligence, transportation and drivers, security guards, threat assessment, kidnap negotiations, investigations, reporting, analysis, liaisons with government, diplomatic, military, local and guerilla leaders. Aggressive security including specialized ex-military personnel utilizing state of the art equipment and tactics. Armed Patrol Vessels.


Olive Security (UK) Limited

Headquarters:
2 Charles Street
Mayfair, London
W1J 5DB
England, UK

Description of Services:

Armed VIP protection, armed convoy escort, threat and risk analysis, security site survey, key point security, manned guards, technological security including: TSCM, debugging/sweeps, IT security implementation.


Optimal Solution Services

 

Description of Services:
The infrastructure is streamlined to ensure maximum efficiency and effectiveness in vigilance and security alert response. Our emphasis is on maintaining the highest industry standards with our security personnel adhering to safety and health regulation and best work practices.


Overseas Security & Strategic Information, Inc/Safenet – Iraq

Headquarters:
Post Office Box 52067
Atlanta, GA 30355
USA

 


RamOPS Risk Management Group

Headquarters:
7312 Suite 8 Hihenge Court
Raleigh, NC 27615
Tel: [1] 919-740-4597
Website: www.ramops.com

Description of Services:
Security consulting that includes threat assessments, recommended precautions, and contingency planning for personnel, sites, and equipment. Site security including area patrols, point security, and barricade design. Executive and VIP protection, convoy escort, 24/7 coverage available throughout Iraq. Communications, information technology, and logistic services available in support of any NGO or commercial operation. Their entire organization is comprised of US special operations and military intelligence professionals. Security consulting and training available in the US for NGO or corporate personnel prior to deployment.


Sabre International Security Ltd

Headquarters:
13A United Trading Estate
United Road,
Old Trafford
Manchester M16 ORJ
United Kingdom

Description of Services:
Sabre offers the bespoke security services with a difference. Sabre staff is exclusively ex Special Force with the majority being made up of ex SAS operators with extensive experience in terrorist environments. As a result we have developed highly different methods of approaching the threat of Iraq and how we transport our customers. Our services include, security equipment, close protection/bodyguards (static and mobile), secure accommodation, armoured vehicles, personal protection equipment, project and site risk assessment, audits and project evaluation/analysis, hostile environment training.


Sumer International Security

Headquarters:

Almasbah – Dis Babilon
Baghdad, Iraq
Website: www.thesandigroup.com

Description of Services:
SIS security guards, body guards, and private police armed and uniformed are trained by DynCorp International. Our clients are protected by a 365 days, 24/7 basis and we maintain a 24 hours dispatch operation with field supervision..


Triple Canopy Inc.

Headquarters:
600 Knightsbridge Parkway
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
USA
Website: www.triplecanopy.com

Description of Services:
Triple Canopy excels in executive protection, site security, and convoy security. Our operators have an average of more than 20 years in the most elite military Special Operations units and are the highest quality personnel in the industry. Our services range from discreet travel companions to heavily armored, high profile convoy escort. From security assessments to tactical training to direct security work, Triple Canopy has the solution.

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