About NSI

The United Arab Emirates has long been keen to enhance its role in developing the private security sector to be more professional, keep pace with future security needs, and achieve the government’s aspirations to be at the top of countries that enjoy security and stability. For that, it has invited experts from several countries in the fields of legislation, security training and Middle Eastern culture to conduct several pieces of research on the private security industry in the country, applying the best practices applied in regulating the private security sector to be of service to the police and security agencies in maintaining the security and protection of society.

Work‘s Loyalty

Sincerity in training our clients and providing high quality integrated services.

Creativity & Innovation

Encouraging creative thinking and foresight for the future in order to continuously and distinctively develop our services.

Integrity & Transparency

The commitment of our staff in applying of legal standards and professional ethics in the work, and dealing with clients.

Teamwork

We seek to provide a work environment that promotes a culture of teamwork and team spirit.

National Security Institute (NSI)

Within the framework of the governance of this sector, the Federal Authority, currently known as the “Private Security Firms Regulatory Department,” was established to administer and organize training, examination, licensing, and supervision of the private security industry. Following the requirements established by Federal Law No. 37 of 2006 and its executive regulations regarding the work of private security companies, led to the establishment of the National Security Institute in 2008, which was entrusted with the responsibility of training private security personnel upon the training curricula approved by the competent authorities.

The National Security Institute participated in the governmental regulation of private civil security services of the United Nation’s Office on Drugs and Crime. The experience confirmed that private civil security services provide countries with resources that, if properly organized, can make a tangible contribution to reducing crime and enhancing the safety of society through recording and sharing information with the police.

Research into the Private Security Industry started in Abu Dhabi, UAE in October 2001 by Canadian experts experienced in security legislation, security training and Middle East culture. Being established alongside the research was the creation of a Regulatory Agency – the Private Security Business Sector (PSCOD) to administer and regulate training, examination, licensing, enforcement and oversight of the private security industry. For seven (7) years, PSCOD became well-established, successful and accepted by the security industry, for being fair, socially responsible, improving quality and creating financial stability in the market place.

Initially, the PSCOD did not conduct the actual security training, it had responsibility for providing the training curriculum, training the trainers and ensuring quality and examination of company trainees. The security companies were responsible for their own training. The PSCOD monitored many abuses and established the need to take training back from the companies and place it under a Centralized Control Model to be more effective. The creation of the NSI to establish professionally accredited training is a logical extension of what began under the control of the PSCOD.

In January 2003, Abu Dhabi passed the first Emirati Regulation on private security, the Emirati Decree 100, establishing the first model of private security regulation and training – a Hybrid Model combining the efficacy of western and non-western standards that fit the Arabic legal, societal and cultural norms of the UAE.

Between 2003 and 2006, the Abu Dhabi Model evolved to Federal Law No. 37 of 2006 which was promulgated in January 2009.

As a direct consequence of Federal Law No. 37 of 2006, the private security regulatory authority in Abu Dhabi became the Federal Regulatory Authority now known as the Private Security Business Department (PSCOD) responsible for oversight of the private security industry at the national level. This in terms led to Ministerial Decision No. 557 of 2008 to regulate the Federal Law.

It also led to the creation of the National Security Institute (NSI), which was given the responsibility of creating and professional training standards for the UAE. NSI is located on the prestigious YAS Island, next to the world-famous Formula One (F1) racing track and Ferrari World.

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