On Wednesday 11 March 2020, Mike Lynch (Executive Director) and Ahmed Gamal Ibrahim (Academic Director) of CBRN Academy presented a lecture to the Senior Management Team at Dubai Police Academy, providing health awareness and preventive measures that must be followed to prevent and limit the spread of the new Corona Virus Disease (Covid-19).
The team at CBRN Academy recognised the excellent work that has already been put in place by the leaders of the Police Academy and further discussed training options, crisis management plans and effective communications strategies to supporting them to plan for, prevent and effectively manage an outbreak of the virus, therefore building their capabilities and capacity.
Mike praised the Dubai Police Academy team for their interest in developing and implementing a sustainable response and command plan to avoid the spread of the disease and enhance the personal safety of students, employees and visitors to the Academy. Mike then addressed the needs of the Police Academy, the future vision for E-learning and how to implement the future curriculum.
Ahmed gave more details about the biohazard and the Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading as well the basic protective measures against the new Corona Virus that should be considered by the Academy leadership Management.
Some of the Senior Officers present were Colonel Saif Ghanem Al-Suwaidi, (Professor and Dean of the Academy), Brigadier Ghaith Ghanem Al-Suwaidi, (Director of the Academy), Brigadier Muhammad Butti Al-Shamsi, (Deputy Director of the Academy), Directors of Sub-Departments, the Office of Institutional Development and Physician at the Academy Clinic.
The CBRN Academy team touched on the most important precautions to be followed when students were traveling outside the country and recommended the training and equipment that must be provided for response teams before the students return back to the Academy. They provided a number of recommendations, necessary to develop prevention and rapid response plans in partnership with other agencies. that included an e-learning course for students/staff on the necessary precautions to prevent the virus spreading, working to develop a strategy for visitors to the Academy using an effective social media campaign, educational publications and awareness posters at the entrances of the Academy.