Quality, compliance, trust and safety are strong values for both ASSA-i and CoESS – the Confederation of European Security Services, of which ASSA-i is a corresponding member.

ASSA-i strongly believes that the quality criteria should prevail over cost when selecting private security companies to perform missions in any environment, and even more so in critical infrastructure, such as airports.  Regretfully, this is rarely the case.

Actually quality hardly comes into account at all for selecting private security providers. ASSA-i and CoESS have lobbied hard and for many years for quality to prevail as a criteria for the selection of private security services.

ASSA-i and CoESS, the Confederation of European Security Services have been recommending guiding principles and quality criteria for the selection of quality private security services. 

These principles and criteria are outlined in detail in the Best Value manual produced by CoESS and UNI Europa, entitled “Buying Quality Private Security Services”, with financial support of the European Commission. The guide, translated in 13 languages, can be downloaded here.