IPSA signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Dubai Police Academy

Pictured (front, left to right) are Major General Dr Mohammad Ahmed Bin Fahad and IPSA chairman Mike White signing the Memorandum of Understanding, watched by (back, left to right) Adil Abdel-Hadi , First Lieutenant Fahd Jassem, Colonel Dr Gaith Ganim Al Suwaidi, Lt Colonel Nasser Ibrahim Kazim and IPSA’s CEO Justin Bentley

Pictured (front, left to right) are Major General Dr Mohammad Ahmed Bin Fahad and IPSA chairman Mike White signing the Memorandum of Understanding, watched by (back, left to right) Adil Abdel-Hadi , First Lieutenant Fahd Jassem, Colonel Dr Gaith Ganim Al Suwaidi, Lt Colonel Nasser Ibrahim Kazim and IPSA’s CEO Justin Bentley

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.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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