Consular Security

Consular Security

Consular Security

The security of the Embassy and Consulate is an important and sensitive issue that should be handled with professional and international diplomacy. The embassies and consulates are diplomatic sites where physical security standards must be maintained and are the first places where the foreign country is represented in international relations. general consulates in Turkey National Security (Police – Gendarmerie), though protected by security measures in force in some countries in order to be protected in front by private security companies. However, consular private security services; Variable threats, developing technology and changing international relations are a type of service that should be kept up-to-date and monitored continuously according to these parameters, and security must be continuously developed and specialized in this subject. Inadequate or ignorance of embassy security, where physical security must be supported by electronic security, can cause irreparable damages, as well as a great risk that may even deteriorate relations between countries.

Therefore, as Nas Security, we adopt an understanding of private security service that is constantly updated and renewed, not with ordinary security measures. The consular private security is highly tactical and requires expertise compared to other branches.

Nas Security includes Emergency Action Planning (EAP) with “Crisis Simulation” and durum Contingency Planning ve and ve Anti-Terror Assistance Assistance Program (ATYP)). is an expert in both fields.

Sabotage or terror tactics that may threaten security may not remain static. For example, a bombing can be done to attract both physical and media attention. Terrorist activities do not necessarily imply a threat of biological or nuclear destruction with a high security risk. We also consider possible medium level attacks for electricity, natural gas, water systems, computer infrastructure and telecommunication systems within risk groups, and take into account public movements such as hostage incidents and protests.

The Great Embassies and Consulates can actually target about any type of known threats. While the feasibility and risk analysis for embassy security is carried out by Nas Security, CPTED elements including the wide area of ​​the facility (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design), geopolitical intelligence, physical access and surveillance systems, execution-protection, defense against bombing, disaster planning and reaction, counter-terrorism issues are subject to the requirements of the law and international law to which the consulate is protected.

Our company also evaluates structural and physical security measures outside the foreign facility within the framework of the Inman report on the construction of the safe embassy of 1999 and the US counter-terrorism law. Some of those:

Possibility of protecting the building against explosions at 100 meters distance for the streets and uncontrolled areas where the Consulate is located,
The presence of fences and high walls that are difficult to climb for the deterrence of armed or unarmed pedestrian attackers,
Anti-ram barriers to prevent vehicles from being installed and detonated,
Whether shock-resistant construction techniques and materials are used, whether the plant is reinforced concrete or steel construction, and whether explosion-proof windows are used
parameters such as risk threats and external security measures.

Nas Security provides various orientation training to the personnel assigned to provide private security services to the Embassy and Consulate. Standard occupational safety training (fire, sabotage, emergency evacuation, etc.) for the rules to be applied to the officers in the Consulate buildings, basic awareness training for explosives, suspicious behavior (for people and vehicles), crowd control and tourniquet, x-ray, supervision and management of access systems such as metal door detectors.

Some of the problems and standards that may arise when providing private security service in the consulate outdoors are as follows (Other risks and problems are not specifically explained in our article and our aim is not to cause security weaknesses to be determined by malicious people);

1. Language problems: In order to be able to agree and coordinate with the consular officers and to make agreement with the foreign embassy visitors and private security officers, Nas Security tries to employ personnel who are dominant in the language of the country where the Consulate is subject. If no staff member is available, preferably English-speaking personnel are selected. (Law No. 5188)

2. Problems related to the appearance of the officer: Uniforms that indicate embassy or consular culture or security level may be required. Provinces. It is compulsory to wear uniforms to the standards permitted by our private security legislation.

3. The problem of standardization: Each consulate has a security understanding according to its own country and domestic law, it is not possible to speak of a full standard. For example, while security measures are high in US consulates, it is not possible to talk about such strict measures in other country consulates. To give a simple example, the United States embassy cell phone, camera and so on. it is forbidden to insert electronic devices or even food. (We do not specify consular rules for other countries for security reasons.)

4. Material problem: If embassy access control, CCTV or fire systems are used, their coordination with private security services may sometimes contradict the privacy concept of that country. However, Nas Security personnel, in any case, guarantee that the confidential information about the consulate where they work is kept confidential in accordance with the confidentiality agreement.