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SC graduates 184 officers to ensure highest level of security, safety for World Cup 2022

The participants during the graduation ceremony held at the Officers Club of the General Directorate of Civil Defense, yesterday. Pics: Abdul Basit/The peninsula

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The Qualifying and Training Unit of the Security Committee at the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy celebrated yesterday the graduation of 184 officers to secure major events.

The ceremony was held at the Officers Club of the General Directorate of Civil Defense and attended by Major General Ali Mohammed Al-Rashed, Head of the Competitive Establishments Unit at the Security Committee of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, and Major General Khalifa Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Head of the National Command Center (NCC), Head of the command and control unit of the Security Committee and a number of directorates and officers from the Ministry of Interior and the Lekhwiya Force.

“The efforts exerted by the unit are aimed at achieving the highest levels of excellence and success in securing international sporting and mass events in Qatar,” said Deputy head of the Security Committee’s Qualifying and Training Unit, Abdulrahman Al Suwaidi.

Speaking at the outset of the ceremony, he said that the outcomes of those efforts were evident in the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup, and 2019 FIFA Club World Cup. The previous stage witnessed the graduation of 86 bronze officers and 22 silver officers, while 95 bronze officers were graduated today.

He explained that the programme, which was implemented in cooperation with the Al Jazeera Media Institute and the Turkish Police, through which the trained officers will play a major role in spreading the culture of security and will contribute to training about 6,000 members in the coming year from the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

Al Suwaidi added that the ceremony also witnessed the graduation of the first batch of 19 security sense training officers who received several qualifying courses in training trainers, preventive security sense skills and other internal and external specialized courses.

Major Fahd Al Subaie, Head of the Security Committees’ Training Unit, said that the training programmes implemented by the Committee met with praise and approval of international partners, including FIFA, the British police, the Spanish police, the Portuguese police, the Dutch police and the Russian police.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the ceremony, he said that the Qatari officers and trainers, who were extensively rehabilitated, were prepared through 13-week courses, which ended with their obtaining internationally accredited certificates either as trainers or as bronze leaders.

The graduation ceremony includes three programmes: bronze level programme, security sense programme, security and safety programme, within the framework of the training plan of the committee in preparation for the World Cup 2022.

The bronze level programme for securing sporting events graduated 95 officers from different departments of the Ministry of Interior, Lekhwiya Force and the Qatar Armed Forces. The graduates received a high level of comprehensive qualification in the field of human rights, the management of major events and the management of sports crowds.

The programme contributed to enhancing the participants’ capabilities to interact with audiences from different countries, customs and traditions of fans, to become bronze leaders in the sports stadiums where matches are held within the championships hosted by the State of Qatar.

The graduate officers will join those graduated in 2018, most of whom participated in security missions in sports tournaments this year, including the World Athletics Championships, the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup, and the World Club Cup.

As many as 19 officers from various security units participated in the security sense training programme. They were prepared as trainers through the use of the best programmes and courses in this field, in cooperation with specialised agencies including the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Turkish police security department.

The trainers will contribute to training security personnel and sports events organisers on the principles of security to raise their skills and enhance their capabilities in detecting crime before it occurs.

The third programme graduated 70 safety and security trainers in sports stadium, in addition to 30 trainers of the female who specialised in training safety and security principles in sports stadiums in accordance with the requirements of FIFA  and the international community.

This programme has received international accreditation from the Highfield Foundation specialised in granting safety and security credits in European stadiums. The trainers participated in training 1,333 police and security personnel who took upon themselves the tasks of securing the stadiums in the sport tournaments hosted recently by the country.

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