An assessment of the usefulness of the UAE private security governance model
AbstractThe purpose of this study is to assess the usefulness of the UAE security industry regulation model in both the local region and as a possible template for the security industry as a whole. The UAE security industry has strived to professionalise itself through introducing a governing body, regulation and training standards, the apparent success of this has led to the UAE being a key contributor to UN Resolution 18/2 and a United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime committee set up with the aim of developing and agreeing a minimum set of standards for state regulation concerning civilian private security services. To achieve this the researcher has reviewed the Private Security Business Department (PSBD) model against minimum standards set out by UNDOC in their 2014 hand book titled ‘State Regulation Concerning Civilian Private Security Services and their Contribution to Crime Prevention and Community Safety’ for which the UAE was a contributor and conclude how useful or perhaps even suitable the UAE and its model are as contributors. The results of this study displayed vast improvements since the introduction of the PSBD in terms of pay and conditions for most security guards, however change would also appear to have led to resentment from clients, possible unlawful recruitment practices, overregulation and questionable levels of improvement in regards to quality. In terms of the UAE being a key contributor to a final set of global standards, this study has found this to be a serious area of concern which could undermine the credibility of the commission if they do not explore beyond the initial framework of the UAE model, as beneath this appears to be a very outdated approach to professionalising the industry, as well as a history of ethical concerns which include the continued the use of third world labour, there is also the potential issue of business sustainability caused by the instability of fast-tracking nationalisation programmes.
Stanbridge, Michael (2015) An assessment of the usefulness of the UAE private security governance model. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.