The BAPSC was launched in February 2006. The formation of the association stemmed from the realisation amongst a number of leading UK private security firms that there was an urgent need to raise standards of operation and advocate self regulation. The recent rapid growth in demand for private security services overseas has created an emergent industry. Private security companies now play an essential role in areas of post conflict reconstruction, nation building and security sector reform, in addition to the provision of their traditional services to the private sector. The directors of the association have been integral to the formation of the BAPSC from the outset.
The BAPSC aims to raise the standards of operation of its members and this emergent industry and ensure compliance with the rules and principles of international humanitarian law and human rights standards.
As the need for armed security grows the BAPSC and its members recognise that their objectives will best be achieved through effective self regulation in partnership with the UK Government and International Organisations.
THE BAPSC WILL WORK TOWARDS THE FOLLOWING:
The promotion of transparent relations with UK government departments and international organisations.
The promotion of UK values and interests and compliance with the laws of countries in which its members operate.
The provision of guidance on the substance and requirements of international statutes.
Understanding the need to balance the provision of security services with the legitimate concerns of those affected by the delivery of those services.