Security Management Measures UCD May 2016
Security Measures- Acceptability • Never assume that our presence, actions or programmes are well understood, or that people can differentiate between us and other international organisations with different mandates and reasons for being present. ‘Acceptance’ is the pro-active gaining and maintaining of support for our presence and programmes by programme participants, the larger community in which we work, and local power-brokers.
Acceptability • Disseminating consistent and accurate information about Concern • Establishing and maintaining relations with a broad range of contacts. • Respecting local culture • Maintaining a distinct and separate identity, and a distance from military groups • The choice of programmes and the style of their implementation • Adherence to our policies and practices , P 4, HR, CRM etc. • Do not accept funding for politically or militarily motivated programming
Protection –physical measures • High perimeter walls • Good external lighting • Controlled access point for vehicles, staff • and visitors • escape route • A safe room, • Doors that have locks and windows that are barred • Use of well-trained guards • Use of shatter proof glass • Protective bollards • Choice of location of the compound, • Use of video cameras • Ensuring radios and mobile phones etc. work, in credit and staff know how to use them
Protection – procedural measures • Control of visitors and vehicles • Establishing ‘no go’ areas and curfews • Establish communication protocols and contact lists • Reducing or increasing visibility of offices, compounds and, vehicles, • Training of staff in security awareness • Hostile observation awareness • Potential dangers of social networking sites • Participate in security coordination • Major drawbacks are that it creates barriers between us and the local community, can encourage a bunker mentality and can give a false sense of security
Security Measures – Deterrence • The making of counter-threats including armed guards, legal sanctions and suspension or closure of programmes • These are used but do not sit comfortably with Concern’s mandate and ethos.
Security - sources of information • Concern Security Policy (approved 2016) • Approach to security management, planning and practice SMP2 (Emergency Unit 2011) • “Safety First - a field security handbook for NGO staff (2nd edition 2010) • HPN Good Practice Review 8. (2nd Edition 2010)