Hello fellow security professionals.
I have just joined this group having been tipped off to its existance by a good friend and former colleague!
I first entered the field of security in 1990 until I joined the Police sevice in 2005. In June of this year (2014) I left the service feeling very disillusioned and demolarised.
I have decided to return to the Security Industry which is why I have recently attended the CP Course the I have reviewed below. I have yet to decide which area I am going to return to (depends on where I can find employment I suppose) but am keeping my options open.
Anyway, to my review......
I have recently attended a SIA Lv 3 Close protection Course at CWC in central London. I was a little apprehensive that the Course was being taught at an Adult Education College and may be a "attendance type course" - we all know these types of course! But this way quickly expelled with being given a full unit of competency questions (some 20 questions) as home work on the first day of the CP Course!
Our Instructors were both highly experienced CP operatives and this came across in the training - they both ate, drank, slept everything about the world of Close Protection and were more than willing to pass this experience and knowledge across to their students.
As this Course (along with all other Lv3 courses) was evidence based, week 1 was mostly dealing with the legislation and completing the Portfolio Q and A's with various inputs on formations, PTPs, Risk and Threat Assessments etc.
Week 2 was a full week on live practicals which involved the whole class as either the PES, SAP or Surveillance Teams. This meant that everyone was involved in all the various roles. All practicals had full debriefs which were quite frank at times!
Week 3 involved more inputs and further practice on vehicle ambush, embus and debus tactics etc and the final 2 days were taken up with finalising our portfolios of evidence and of course, the SIA CP Exam!
In my opinion, this Course was very intensive and pressurised (much as you would expect to experience in the "real world" of CP) but very enjoyable.
Would I recommend this Course ? .......yes I would - but not to anyone who expects to have an easy ride and just turn up each day with the exam at the end!
My only gripe and this is not about the Course but about the length of time it takes to get your SIA Licence - I know everyone faces the same issues when they start out but perhaps the process of assessing the course work and receving the exam results could be streamlined somewhat.
What are you thoughts on this?