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Linx International Group to deliver security management programmes at new SIRA Training Centre in Dubai

The Linx International Group has announced that it will be delivering its award-winning security management programmes from the new training centre of the Security Industry Regulatory Authority (SIRA) in Dubai.

SIRA was created in 2016 and is the Government department responsible for setting the regulations, training and enforcements of security within Dubai.

Training will be delivered to international students by expert tutors at SIRA’s new Training Centre, which includes state-of-the-art technical workshops designed in collaboration with Linx International Group company Tavcom Training.

Security professionals will study and complete internationally-recognised and fully-accredited (BTEC and City & Guilds) security management courses including: Security Management, Risk Crisis and Disaster Management, Managing Security Surveys, Managing Security Risks in the Oil and Gas Sector, Kidnap and Ransom Management and Sea Port Security Management.

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SIRA’s Training Centre director Ahmed Albalooshy commented: “Through partnership with the Linx International Group we are providing Best-in-Class training at SIRA’s new state-of-the art Training Centre. Together, we’re delivering an exceptionally high-calibre of training to create experts whose talents are in demand in Dubai, as well as the wider Middle East.”

David Gill CSyP, managing director of the Linx International Group, added: “Dubai is a major global hub and well respected as a Centre of Excellence, and particularly so in the areas of technology, security and policing. The Linx International Group is proud to be working with SIRA to provide security professionals and those seeking to develop a career in security management in the Middle East with the UK’s premier security management training.” 

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Pilgrims Group appoints country director as part of footprint expansion in Algeria

Global security and risk management specialist Pilgrims Group has announced its first country director for Algeria, confirming the company’s commitment to developing its portfolio of services for businesses working in the region. 

Algeria has large oil and gas reserves and a major part of its GDP comes from this sector.

Martin Fuller has been appointed to the country director’s role and brings with him a wealth of experience in risk mitigation, crisis management, business development and business continuity.

Fuller’s previous roles include development director at G4S with responsibility for the oil and gas markets in Africa, security team leader for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), principle consultant for a Middle East security management company and twelve years working at BP International as a security, crisis and business continuity management specialist.

On his new role at Pilgrims, Fuller told Risk UK: “My focus is to grow Pilgrims’ footprint throughout the country and manage our operations to ensure the highest quality of service delivery. While it’s easy to travel to Algeria from Europe, our clients deserve and expect close management of their contracts and this is most effectively met through having a permanent local presence. It also helps us meet and maintain the necessary contacts and service our clients need with maximum efficiency.”

Martin Fuller: country director for Pilgrims Group in Algeria

Martin Fuller: country director for Pilgrims Group in Algeria

Fuller added: “By living in Algeria, I can develop a personal and hands-on understanding of the day-to-day challenges that businesses face in the country. This will perfectly position us to add value to our clients’ operations by delivering what they need, when they need it and by being able to anticipate those needs.”

Risk management and risk assessments

Pilgrims has already energised a partnership with The Mesli Group which operates a well-established security guarding company (by the name of CGPS) with over 4,000 officers deployed throughout Algeria.

A number of key services are already provided by Pilgrims in Algeria. “Currently,” stated Fuller, “our main service offerings here cover key areas of risk management, from embedded risk managers and logistic co-ordinators, the provision of risk assessments and the development of appropriate mitigation plans, among them technical security solutions, through to comprehensive journey management support using our in-house cars, drivers and tracking systems, close protection teams, medical support – including our own fleet of ambulances and medics – and motor cycle response teams.”

A key service also provided for international clients is Pilgrims’ award-winning pre-deployment hostile environment awareness training (HEAT), delivered either through its Centre of Excellence near Gatwick Airport in the UK or at its Training Academy located in Algiers.

Commenting on Fuller’s appointment, Pilgrims’ managing director Bill Freear said: “I’m delighted that Martin has joined the growing Pilgrims ranks. His in-depth understanding of the risk management spectrum and, in particular, the oil and gas industry makes him an ideal lead for our future plans in Algeria. The manner in which he has quickly aligned himself to the Pilgrims ethos and become an invaluable member of the team is a credit to his commitment and capability.”

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Second Edition of The Handbook of Security published by Palgrave Macmillan

Extensively updated, expanded and reorganised, the Second Edition of The Handbook of Security – which is edited by Professor Martin Gill FSyI, the director of PRCI – provides “the most comprehensive analysis of scholarly security debates and issues” to date.

Informed by a range of disciplines – among them environmental science, criminology, politics and economics – the book brings together contributions from some of the world’s leading scholars to explore the most important issues impacting our understanding of how ‘security’ is provided.

Consisting of 44 chapters, the second edition includes over 25 brand new contributions from international experts in areas as diverse as food security, cyber security, workplace crime, terrorism, organised crime, counterfeiting, intelligence, CCTV, piracy and private military companies in addition to an entirely new section on approaches to researching security through ethnography, systematic reviews and meta-analysis.

The Handbook of Security: now in its Second Edition

The Handbook of Security: now in its Second Edition

The book is divided into seven parts – namely disciplines and security, offences, crime and security in sectors, researching security, security products and services, security and its management and critiquing security.

In later sections, this substantive reference work analyses security products and services such as security guarding, alarms and CCTV as well as the management of security. Here, chapters focus on crisis management, partnerships and regulation. The book also applies discussions of crime and security to a variety of sectors including retail, finance and tourism.

The final section critiques security using various approaches including critical security studies, the ‘professionalisation’ of security and ethics.

Put simply, The Handbook of Security is essential reading for all those engaged with the security world.

Supporting testimonials for The Handbook of Security

“Martin Gill has fully updated and expanded his hugely successful Handbook of Security. This new edition brings together first-rate scholars to cover the history and nature of security, the nature of different offences and security practices in different sectors, as well as the issues of management and regulation. A must-have for anyone working in this field” (Tim Newburn, London School of Economics, UK)

“Martin Gill has done more to advance the science and practice of security than anybody else around. Gill has used his considerable professional networks and knowledge of the field to assemble generalists and specialists to produce the most thorough array of chapters on security that I have seen so far” (Marcus Felson, Texas State University, USA)

Professor Martin Gill FSyI

Professor Martin Gill FSyI

“In introducing this new edition of his highly successful Handbook, Martin Gill writes that ‘studying security is an exciting place to be’. The book’s contents amply bear out his view” (Ronald V Clarke, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, USA)

“A robust collection of new research on a broad variety of contemporary security topics. I recommend it highly to researchers, academicians and security professionals” (Richard C Hollinger, University of Florida, USA)

“Security as an idea, a concern and a pursuit has dramatically reshaped – and is reshaping – social life everywhere. As it does so, it’s transforming governance, Government and scholarship across a wide range of disciplines. This Second Edition of The Handbook of Security is both welcome and timely” (Clifford Shearing, University of Cape Town, South Africa and Griffith University, Australia)

Ordering your copy of The Handbook of Security

The book (ISBN: 9781137323279) is available in both hardback and eBook formats. Access the Table of Contents and learn more about the contributors

For more information on The Handbook of Security’s contents, and to order your copy, visit the Palgrave Macmillan website

You can also e-mail orders direct to: orders@palgrave.com

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Euralarm presents PEARS-Alert4All concept at Archimedes Round Table

Euralarm recently participated in the Archimedes Round Table discussion on Crisis Management and Civil Protection. The association of European manufacturers, installers and service providers of the electronic fire safety and security industry presented its PEARS project and outlined ways in which the project supports data sharing during emergency management procedures.

The focus of the recent Archimedes Round Table discussions in Warsaw was to identify gaps for the efficient and effective operation of crisis management and civil protection procedures.

In addition to several project reports, experiences from a simulation game were used to stimulate intensive discussions between the R&D community (eg the Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurement, the Université Catholique de Louvain and the Scientific and Research Centre for Fire Protection) and end users (among them firefighters from Dortmund and members of the Spanish National Police as well as representatives from Crisis Information Centres).

Warsaw: venue for the recent Archimedes Round Table discussions

Warsaw: venue for the recent round table discussions

These discussions showed that sharing data/information in the emergency management process is of vital importance for efficient operations. This is in line with the results of the PEARS project, and the first ideas about a ‘European Emergency Communication’ emerging from the fire section of Euralarm.

Presentation of the PEARS-Alert4All concept

Thorsten Ziercke, Euralarm’s project leader for PEARS, took the opportunity to present the PEARS-Alert4All concept.

The project has learned that fire and security products not only can be, but also should be integrated with public alert systems. The extensive installed base could be easily upgraded to receive alert signals which may then be used to activate audible and/or visual warnings.

More sophisticated systems can convert public alert messages into intelligible voice messages or display the same message on PCs.

Integrating existing safety and security systems into a public alert scenario could be a cost-effective and rapid alternative for reaching large parts of the population.

Since the first presentation of the concept back in October 2013, PEARS-Alert4All has received much positive feedback.

End users including firefighters, members of police organisations and representatives from Crisis Information Centres were invited by Thorsten Ziercke to contribute to the standardisation groups CEN TC 391 and ISO TC 223 that are currently looking for experts from the civil protection sector to help make their standards even better.

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