Small Arms Survey: Private security industry tripled in decades

The private security industry employs twice as many security personnel as governments have police officers, according to the new Small Arms Survey.  Launched this week, the yearbook documents a 200-300 per cent increase of armed private security guards over the past 20-30 years. This edition also includes case studies on Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, and Madagascar, the 2011 Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometer, an estimate of the annual authorised trade in light weapons, and a review of developments related to small arms control at the United Nations. Three full chapters are available online, along with chapter summaries in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.  A video podcast giving a short overview of some the key findings of the yearbook is also available.