IPSA is offering, within its training programme, courses not only at port facility security officer and ship’s security officer level, but also for manned guarding companies involved in the physical security of wharves and docks.
This “dry side” of maritime security may not be the target of pirates but is of increasing importance due to the threat of terrorism. Additionally, there is the everyday “nitty gritty” work of security, fire prevention, health and safety and the prevention of damage to consider.
The maritime course builds on IPSA’s course base for supervisors, officers and trainers. In addition, bespoke crime prevention, civilian river patrol, bye-law enforcement and, with the Institute of Professional Investigators, internal investigation courses will also be available.
IPSA says that as an independent not-for-profit organisation, prices will be competitive.
International Chairman Mike White said, “We have had requests for both training and assessment both within the UK and abroad. Thankfully, we have within the membership all levels of personnel including PFSO trainers, former forces personnel, former dock and port law enforcement personnel and harbour and river patrollers. With the aid of sister organisations, where necessary, we can deliver training and assessment packages worldwide at competitive prices.”
IPSA International Council members Roger Felgate and Simon Smith are the main contacts for the maritime sector and can be contacted directly with any queries about maritime training or membership.