CAPSI, ISIO join hands to enhance biological threat security

The Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI) has signed an MoU with the UK-based International Security Industry Organisation (ISIO) to offer first-of-its-kind “Certified for Biological Threat Security” (CBTS) certification to master trainers of the private security industry to enhance biological threat security in view of COVID-19 pandemic. During his discussions with ISIO Director General Juan Kirsten on the issue of biological threat security, CAPSI Chairman Kunwar Vikram Singh mooted the idea of equipping the private security industry with the expertise of dealing with ever emerging biological threats. CAPSI and ISIO jointly formulated a module to train master trainers who can equip the security personnel who manage security protocols on the ground.

“Any practitioner in security criminology, risk and investigation can apply to undertake the CBTS which is suitable for site managers, trainers and assessors for the COC19 Certificate of Compliance for Security COVID-19 Protocols. CBTS will ensure that manpower is equipped and layered by skill sets besides being knowledgeable on security COVID-19 protocols for their field of responsibility,” said Singh.

Singh also said the COVID-19 Security Compliance Certification Project is being submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs to make it mandatory for every government and private organisation to get its security teams acquire professional certification so that human assets of all establishments can be secured from any kind of biological threat. Stating that India is the first country to introduce such a programme globally, the CAPSI Chairman said: “The COVID-19 security protocols related to the biological threats are based on intensive research which fuelled the security and operational protocol guide for managing COVID-19 in March 2020. We have also released booklets for building and housing security protocols in consultation with some leading global security experts.

“These new protocols and certification will massively strengthen our preparedness in dealing with the rapidly changing pandemic situation. We cannot always remain in lockdown or partial lockdown, so these new methodologies and training programmes will help in normalising our economic and business activities which have been severely hit by the pandemic.” Singh said this initiative is important because it is impossible to inoculate the entire globe within weeks. In some countries, it could still take a good year to begin making an impact.