The Security Institute has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Dubai Police that outlines the intention of both parties to work together to enhance the status and perception of the security management profession. This collaboration is part of The Security Institute’s commitment to developing and promoting the highest standards of training, education and best practice throughout the security sector. As a result, it has seen significant interest in its activities throughout the countries that comprise the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which incudes UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. ‘GCC countries have well established and highly professional security sectors and we have a growing membership in this region as well as many Syl members who regularly travel to the EMEA region on business. Therefore, forging closer ties with the Dubai Police makes perfect sense,’ stated Emma Shaw, Chairman of The Security Institute. A co-hosted networking event took place earlier this year at the Dubai Police Academy, where members of The Security Institute and the Dubai Police were joined by a number of the region’s security professionals. As well as further networking events, plans are underway for a series of training and skills development focused seminars.
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.