As part of our efforts to raise the standards of professionalism within the maritime security domain and to support our members, we have launched our online store for standards. While our full and associate members have access to standards produced by the Association, we recognize that these standards may be of significant benefit to companies or other entities that are facing the same challenges. We also recognize that these standards come into being through the efforts of many of our members who volunteer their time to help produce them. Consequently, we offer these standards at a reasonable price that is comparable or even slightly less than they would normally be made available for elsewhere.
At present, our first run of standards is available. These will soon be supplemented by additional standards that will help companies meet a range of challenges expected in the near future. We encourage you to visit the store at http://store.iamsponline.org/ periodically to check for these updates.
We have also linked to several reputable bookstores that carry maritime security books. While IAMSP does not currently have any official link to these stores, the stores do carry information that may be of interest or value to those seeking to raise their understanding or broaden their perspective of maritime security.
As many are aware, a viral video has circulated that shows a number of security personnel on board a commercial vessel engaging small craft in a manner that is, at best, questionable in terms of Rules on the Use of Force. IAMSP received the link to this video as well as expressions of concern regarding its content. The intake process concluded that there was sufficient information to warrant concern and the launching of an investigation into the issue. At that point, the parties involved had not been identified.
Since the conclusion of the intake process, IAMSP has gathered significant details regarding the video. As part of this process, however, IAMSP has concluded that the nature of events portrayed in the video (if, in fact, they did occur) warrant the attention of the appropriate flag state law enforcement and not an administrative investigation. IAMSP is concluding its initial fact finding and will defer to decisions that come out of any subsequent legal actions and is stepping back from the investigation process as such an investigation belongs firmly with the appropriately delegated flag state authorities.
IAMSP is also calling upon other members of the maritime security community to cooperate with requests from law enforcement on this issue and not to attempt to conduct their own parallel investigations or inquiries without the approval and knowledge of any assigned flag state investigative authority as such actions may taint the investigation.
- We are pleased to announce the release of our Use of Force standard to Full and Associate members. This standard includes guidance based on authoritative sources, the contribution of a broad range of Asset Protection and Security practitioners and has been reviewed independently by two legal experts in the field with maritime experience (both current members of the Bar).
- The standard includes guidance with respect to the following:
- General policies and principles
- Methods for assessing the suitability of armed services
- Sample policies upon which companies can base their own policies, standards and guidance
- Sample descriptions of chains of events leading up to the use of force
- A sample process for risk assessment and determining if arms are a likely appropriate in the operating environment
- A sample form for use in recording use of force incidents that has been reviewed both legally and by police personnel that have been involved in international investigations
- This standard was developed using a rigorous and well-accepted process that mirrors modern standards development practices. First, a call was put out for participants in the development of the standard and the applications were reviewed by the Executive to ensure that a broad community was represented. This community then worked to develop the overall standard which was, following its initial draft, circulated until a concensus was reached regarding its appropriateness, utility and clarity. With that draft finalized, a copy was submitted to each of two legal experts (both members of the bar) that were able to demonstrate significant maritime security legal experience. Following a cycle that reviewed and integrated comments from those legal experts, the document was finally distributed for final acceptance across the community. This rigorous approach assures IAMSP members and those using the standards that they have been subjected to appropriate oversight and review.
- Full and Associate members of IAMSP may request this standard at no cost from the Secretary of the Association at email@example.com. Please note that the standard may be released to those outside the Association for a nominal fee in the near future. It should be noted that this standard would meet the information requirements currently being promulgated as part of the industry’s vetting of private security companies.
- On behalf of the Executive, we would like to thank all those that came forward to participate in the drafting of this document. This provides yet another demonstration of IAMSP’s support to its members and the broader maritime community. We are currently beginning our second standard drafting process and will be issuing a call for participants in the drafting of the standard on the “Determination and Monitoring of Personnel for Suitability” in the near future.