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Close Protection Course



Close Protection Course Creates Employee & Industry Opportunities

Pulse Security Management, through its academy, formally launched its certified Close Protection Operative Training Programme in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin.  Close Protection, otherwise known by some as body guarding, is a part of the private security industry that remains unregulated in Ireland.  Launching this course is as a first step towards creating an industry with high standards and a step towards setting a measure of best practice in advance of regulation being introduced.  Ms. Geraldine Larkin, CEO of the PSA, the regulator for the industry, commended Pulse Security and stated that, “This initiative will ensure we hit the ground running when we come to regulation”. 

Pulse Security as members of the Irish Security Industry Association, have shown initiative on behalf of their entire industry with this introduction of this course.  Ms. Sarah O’Donnell, ISIA, congratulated Pulse Security on this initiative and stated “The ISIA is thrilled that Pulse as members are progressing their business in this same tradition of the ISIA, by driving standards, while also creating opportunity in Irish business”. 

It is estimated that there are a significant number of individuals currently employed in the area of close protection or body guarding, however it is very difficult to assess if those being employed are truly qualified to do the work as there is no regulation.  Close Protection has its own unique challenges and requirements and therefore the industry needs training that is relevant and appropriate to the type of work being undertaken. 

Minister Brian Hayes T.D. stated at the launch that having a recognised qualification in the field of close protection creates opportunities for Irish security businesses by allowing their services to be recognised and trusted nationally and globally by private individuals, organisations and governments who require close protection. 

This course presents individuals with an opportunity to be trained to the highest level available in Ireland and opens up employment opportunities for those individuals. Those who pursue this qualification which includes the close protection medic will receive a City & Guilds internationally recognised certificate in close protection. COURSE ALPHA commenced in October and the second course will commence in April 2012 and will be a 2 week residential course.

Pulse Security Management is widely regarded as leaders in the close protection profession in Ireland, testament to this is an ever increasing list of blue chip clients the company regularly provide services to, the company currently employs 220 staff across all areas of its operation.

The company MD Michael McQuillan stated at the launch that the Irish security industry is highly regarded on the international scene, in particular the skills of operatives are accepted as natural skills in diplomacy and communications, however formal recognition of this is currently absent from this jurisdiction, he further stated that formal regulation of the close protection profession would ensure Irish security firms can compete for international business, the ever changing political and economic landscapes have presented opportunities for Irish Security Firms operating abroad.

The launch was attended by Minister Brian Hayes T.D., Ms. Sarah O’Donnell (ISIA) and Ms. Geraldine Larkin (PSA), Mr. Michael Goeden (City & Guilds) all of whom commended Pulse on taking the first step towards improving the standard and practice of individuals working in the field of close protection. 

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