Like any other policies, employee hiring policies on the private security spells out a deliberate plan of action steering and achieving a reasonable outcome. Policies governing the hiring of employee on private security are important due to increased social demand on the security. Reinforcement of government agents by private sector in the provision of security is vital to cater for this demand. Therefore, employees hiring policies on private security is essential as it ensures competence and good delivery of the service is achieved.
The demand range from private sector needs to the public needs where government contracts the private security firm to reinforce there demand. For example in Los Angeles security firms have been overwhelmed by the demand. According to Hathcock 1992, after the wave of violence that left thousand of retail shops destroyed Los Angeles was has been followed by increased demand for private security. This was followed by security firm witnessing boom in the security business which translate to the more improvement hence the importance of the policy to guide this employments.
Demand emanating from the government has originated from increased engagement of the United State government as well as individual States employment of the private firms to reinforce the state security agencies. A good example to this is U. S military’s dependence on the private security. Of late there is increase employment of the private security to offer back up to the military or give the protection. “Army has resorted to hiring private security guards to help protect dozens of American military bases.
To date, more than 4,300 private security officers have been put to work at 50 Army installations in the United States, according to Army documents obtained by The Times” (Miller, 2004 para. 1). There has been increased concern on how these security firm are executing there duty a concerning which bring as back to evaluate of the policies governing security firm to ensure there is harmonization on what is expected. This will help to regulate and hold them accountable for there operation for example in the oversea mission and ensure competence is adhered to private security firms operating under DOD contract in the war mission.
For example Blackwater Worldwide security firm’s operations in Iraq have been criticized on killing of 17 Iraqis raising question on the policy governing security firms employee’s operations. “The incident led Congress to investigate the U. S. military’s growing reliance on private security contractors and the lack of oversight and accountability standards governing their conduct. As the military shrinks, non-combat functions such as guarding critical infrastructure, protecting American and foreign officials, and escorting convoys has been outsourced to PSCs” (Harwood , 2008 para. 3).
Lack of comprehensive flame work system of hiring, vetting, training as well as use of their services is a policy question which will be responsible to govern the employers i. e. the owners of the security firms, their employees as well as the clients. Private security employee policies will help to answer the problems of training, spelling the terms and conditions of such employment and ensure the code of ethics is followed in the service delivery. This will try to curb allegation such as assigning the private security personnel killings in Iraq which has been blamed on lack of military training.
Employee hiring policies are set to ensure the employer get highly qualified employees, facilitate for employee uniformity in the practice, ensure the hiring is done according to the law that i. e. to comply with federal government as well as local statutes which regulate hiring of employees. In recruiting environment hiring policy is aimed at addressing problems associated with hiring process. Application of employee hiring policies on private security firm will have both negative and positive impact.