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Private Security Services in Europe: a Partner in Preventing Crime

The date of this event is TBA.
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Faculty: Brussels Diplomatic Academy
Pleinlaan 5, 1050 Brussel
Brussels Diplomatic Academy
Brussels Diplomatic Academy
+32 (0) 2 614 8101

The European private security services sector became a complementary partner to the public security system. Private policing, inspection, justice and intelligence are nowadays economic realities. They operate in close relationship with the state, the society and the market.

In Europe different models of cooperation do exist between the public and the private security system. Within the four existing White Papers on Private Security (Paris 2008, Stockholm 2009, Brussels 2010 and Madrid 2013) EU-member states have the choice to develop their own approach: junior-partnership, loss prevention, integrated security concern, police complex and public-private divide model.


The seminar is aimed at:

  • Diplomatic staff
  • Public security officers
  • Corporate board members
  • Private security and/or risk officers
  • HR-managers


  • Understanding
  • Knowledge transfer


  • Historical background
  • Legal framework
  • Public-private partnership models
  • White Papers on Private Security  



Dr. Marc Cools is criminology professor at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and Ghent University, he is also visiting professor at Nyenrode University and Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense University. 


By the end of the seminar, the participants should be able to:

  • Understand its historical background
  • Have insight knowledge on the legal aspects
  • Overview EU-initiatives towards private security


The working language of the seminar will be English.


Before the start of the lecture, a syllabus compiled by the speaker will be handed over to the participants. 

  • Hand-out
  • Private security act (10th April 1990)
  • Private investigations act (19th July 1991)
  • Pashley, V., Cools, M., ‘Private Security in Europe: towards a European private security model for the future’ in European Criminal Justice and Policy, Maklu, Antwerpen, 201293-114.


Participants to the course will receive a certificate of attendance from the Brussels Diplomatic Academy of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.



Spring 2015


Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 5, Karel Van Miert Building.
It is building number 5 on the campus plan that can be downloaded at http://www.vub.ac.be/english/infoabout/campuses/etterbeek.html.

A description on how to find the campus is available on http://www.vub.ac.be/english/infoabout/campuses/index.html#etterbeek.

Free parking facilities are available on the campus in front of the building. A bar code gives access to the campus via campus entries 6 or 13 (see the red arrows on the campus plan). The scanner for the bar code is situated under the intercom.
A few days before the start of the event, participants will receive by e-mail a bar code giving access to the parking.


The seminar fee is 250 EUR.
VAT Settlement: exempted from VAT: Art 44 § 2, 4° of the VAT code.
The above prices include the registration fee and all material relating to the course on ‘Private security services in Europe: a partner in preventing crime, as well as the coffee breaks and networking reception for the duration of the event.
Hotel accommodation is not included in the registration fees.
Flemish companies can make use of the “KMO-portefeuille”: www.beaweb.be (Admission number BDA for “Training”: DV.O211124).

Attendees are requested to pay by bank transfer only, upon receipt of invoice.
Confirmation of registration and practical information will be sent only after receipt of payment.

Cancellations can only be accepted if received in writing to bda@vub.ac.be two weeks prior to the start date of the event. Fees (less 25 euro administrative charges) will then be refunded. After this date, delegates will be liable for the full fee.
In case of cancellation, a substitution between members of the same company is still possible at any time.


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