The International Professional Security Association (IPSA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Dubai Police Academy focused on co-operation with – and support for – the International Centre for Security and Safety (ICSS) which is part of the Academy.
Major General Dr Mohammad Ahmed Bin Fahad (the Dubai Police Assistant Commander for Academic Affairs and Training) and Mike White, IPSA’s chairman, signed the agreement at Haberdashers’ Hall in London during a celebration hosted by City and Guilds (C&G) to celebrate 40,000 candidates achieving C&G qualifications by studying at the ICSS.
The Memorandum of Understanding has been put in place as a foundation for ongoing co-operation and communication between the two bodies with the aim of developing and refining the expertise of staff in the area of security (at both the local and international levels) while also raising standards across the security profession through training and education.
In addition, the agreement makes provision for support and consultations in the area of security, recognition of quality training programmes and opportunities for organising learning and development initiatives such as events, exhibitions and further security courses.
Speaking about the agreement, Major General Dr Mohammad Ahmed Bin Fahad explained: “The activation of international partnerships with prestigious security institutions to implement professional programmes is a directive of His Excellency Major General Khamis Mattar, the Commander in Chief of Dubai Police. Such arrangements afford an academic contribution to continued hard work, enhance the quest to improve security at the global level and allows us to keep pace with the comprehensive cultural renaissance that’s taking place in the state at all levels. In this way, we can establish security, stability and trust in the community of the United Arab Emirates still further and achieve objectives set out within the overall strategy for Dubai Police by the Ministry of the Interior.”
Contributions towards professionalism
Justin Bentley, CEO at IPSA, has welcomed the Memorandum of Understanding.
“We’re always seeking opportunities to contribute to professionalism in the security industry,” commented Bentley. “We offer our full support to the excellent work being done by the ICSS in Dubai. We look forward to working with the team on providing opportunities for students to increase their overall knowledge of Best Practice in the security sector.”
Mike White told Risk UK: “Without doubt this is a significant moment for IPSA. We’re very proud to be associated with the Dubai Police Academy, to have the opportunity to build on the outstanding results achieved by City and Guilds and to be able to work with our new partners in furthering professionalism across the security sector.”
The International Professional Security Association is the UK’s longest-established trade body for the security industry. Representing both companies and individuals through membership schemes, the organisation reaches out to over 30,000 members and their employees worldwide.
IPSA regularly consults with its membership and represents their views on relevant industry committees and standards bodies, etc.
The Association is governed by a Board of elected members who boast wide-ranging experience in the security sector.