Partners help improve private security regulations in Guatemala


The Swiss Embassy, ​​the Geneva Center for Security Sector Governance (DCAF), the International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA) and the Institute of Education for Sustainable Development (IEPADES) also participated in the initiative.

The project aimed to organize a session on international initiatives, standards and good practices in private security regulation for private security companies registered with the General Directorate of Private Security Services (DIGESSP).

The information session was an opportunity for DIGESSP executives and trainers to familiarize themselves with the characteristics of the private security sector in Guatemala, the international tools available such as the Montreux Document and the International Code of Conduct in the aim of being able to respond to the challenges and the main provisions around human rights.

In the first session, participants discussed Guatemala’s private security sector and its challenges, including governance. They also shared experiences around the strengthening of existing regulations, the contribution of international best practices to regulators and the tools available to implement policies.

During the second part of the session, participants discussed how to further develop high quality services for security companies. They also analyzed how the International Code of Conduct could be used by companies and how to strengthen due diligence in the hiring process, highlighting the added value for clients who hire ICoCA member companies.

The objective of the project was to provide the DIGESSP with information on the importance of achieving good practices and international standards in the field of private security, in particular with regard to the role of the Directorate as a body. director in Guatemala.


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