General principles

Many different approaches can be taken to the design of aerodrome security manuals and documents. The following guidance may be helpful.

Purpose. Together, the ASP, SOPs and Training Manual should provide a clear statement of how security is actually managed and provided at the aerodrome.

Style. Aerodromes are free to adopt a style for their ASP, SOPs and Training manual that suits the needs of their security operations.

Simplicity. Good security is simple security. Use plain English and, particularly in SOPs and the Training Manual, remember that these documents are supposed to be usable by security personnel.

Avoid duplication. The diagram below shows how the ASP, SOP’s and Training Manual fit into the hierarchy of documents.

It is good practice to avoid duplication within these documents. For example, try to avoid re-stating the detailed requirements of the OTAR within the ASP.

Content.

(a)  ASPs

The ASP should contain simple statements that make it clear who is responsible for delivering each aspect of security and how it is delivered.

It should cover all of the topics included in ICAO guidance unless a particular item or area is not relevant to the aerodrome.

(b)  SOPs should contain step-by-step instructions for security personnel on how to perform the specific duties and tasks required.

Note: The ASP and SOPs may be arranged as a single document if desired.

(c)  The Training Manual should contain the detail of how correctly to undertake each step of the security procedures.


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