UTCPL and CAPSI sign an MOU in the capital to take charge of the nation’s security
4pm on Tuesday August 18th, 2009 at The Dome Hall, The Ambassador Hotel, New Delhi.
“Today, no walls can separate humanitarian or human rights crises in one part of the world from national security crises in another. What begins with the failure to uphold the dignity of one life all too often ends with a calamity for entire nations.”
- Kofi Annan quotes (7th Secretary General of the United Nations, 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.)
The country has stood shaken, stirred and united, for far too many wrong reasons in the recent past. National Security has emerged as the single most prioritised area of concern for the government and populace of India. In this background, the coming together of two eminent professional bodies, namely UTCPL – Ultimate Tactical & Combat Pvt. Ltd and CAPSI – Central Association of the Private Security Industry to actively, create a support system to address the issue, arrives as a reassuring initiative.
In the capital this morning, Mr. Vikram Kapoor (Managing Director – Ultimate Tactical & Combat Pvt. Ltd) and Mr. Kunwar Vikram Singh (Chairman – CAPSI – Central Association of the Private Security Industry) signed an MOU to reiterate their commitment to securing: Security and Protection Training for the Indian Private Security Industry. Present on the occasion to encourage the objectives of the MOU, was Mr. N. C. Padhi (IPS – Retd. Former Secretary Security to the Govt. of India”).
Ultimate Tactical & Combat Pvt. Ltd. formed on 21st September, 2006, is a company promoting and imparting comprehensive tactical training and equipment upgrades for the armed forces, law enforcement agencies and private security organisations. Their training services in this regard include a two – tier solution: Unarmed Combat Training: In association with IKMF (International Krav Maga Federation, Israel). Tactical Combat Training: In association with SPTS (Security and Protection Training School, Israel).
The objective of their endeavour is to provide customised solutions, taking into consideration the requirements of the individual, team, unit and organisation at large.
UTCPL is the first and only official promoter of Krav Maga (IKMF) in the India Subcontinent; a world – renowned, modern and battlefield specific form of CQB training developed by the Israeli Defence Forces. They promote the technique in collaboration with IKMF (the official originator of the combat concept). It is currently being practiced in more than 45 countries globally. Since its inception in the early 1950’s Krav Maga has continually proven to be the most effective, easily learned, highly retainable and individually adaptive system in the world, emphasising on providing training that will enable security officers to execute appropriate tactics and defensive techniques in a timely manner, with or without the use of force as the situation demands to eliminate the danger / threat. It is especially recommended for VIP (Third-Party) Protection / Hostage Rescue, S.W.A.T. Teams, Special Military Operation Units, Anti – Terrorist Units and Covert Security Personnel so that in any threat situation they cause maximum damage and sustain minimum injury. The Krav Maga modules designed for security personnel places a key emphasis on providing varying degrees of stress stimulus, in order to maximize mental and physical preparedness. Doing so ensures the minimization of the “natural panic response” where an individual “freezes” out of shock or lack of exposure to stressful situations.
The Tactical Combat Training programme designed in association with SPTS (One of the leading armed tactical training Academies in Israel) where they specialise in establishing and training Military Anti -Terror Units, Special Operation Units, S.W.A.T. Units, VIP Protection Teams and Crisis Negotiation Units. Training in this regard includes highly specific and detailed tactical methodologies applicable to a unit’s operational purpose. A select mention of courses include Operational Planning, Special Weapons and Tactics (Basic / Advanced), Tactical Firearms (Basic / Advanced), Emergency Response, Marksman, VIP Protection (Basic / Advanced), Exclusive Institutional Protection (Basic / Advanced), Counter Terrorism (Basic / Advanced), Operational Driving, Tactical Sniper, Counter Sniper, Public Transport / Port Security, Bomb Disposal and Surveillance, Covert Security, Air Marshalls and Marine Tactics.
They have, 24 Trainers who are veterans of ISA (equivalent to the US Secret Service), Israeli Defence Forces, GSA Security Training School and Israeli Police Force. These Trainers are currently active advisors to the IDF and are regularly consulted to develop new programmes to fit the requirements of modern combat. The training modules mentioned are segregated into different levels; whereby different units and training institutes can choose a suitable level of training, depending on individual assignments and requirements.
UTCPL has successfully trained some elite forces in the country and special forces of the Indian Army such as the: NSG, Gorkha Regt., Elite Close Protection Unit, Anti – Hijacking Unit, Tihar Jail Police, Tamil Nadu Special Police (QRT) based at Tihar to counter any terror attack, Tamil Nadu Police Academy, SSG of Jammu and Kashmir Police, Punjab Police, CRPF (Special Duty Group – PM Security) and the IPS and IRS probationers at National Police Academy, Hyderabad. Given this experience, UTCPL is equipped to provide customised training methodologies, devised by some of the best trainers in the world, specifically designed for the constraints and advantages of the Indian private security industry.
Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI): The Private Security Industry welcomed the Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act 2005 as it enforced regulation and standards in this significant segment. Like-minded players came together under the umbrella of the Joint Action Committee of the Security Industry (JACSI), an apex body mooted by leading national and international professional bodies such as ASIS, APSA, OSAC, SAI and various state associations from Maharashtra, Goa, Chattisgarh, Gujarat, Bihar, UP, Karnataka etc. JACSI, in the short duration enjoyed a head start and presented industry cases to Shri Shivraj Patil, Hon’ble Minister of Home Affairs. Seeing the importance of showing a large representation on a single national level body, the Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI) was formed on September 26th, 2005.
CAPSI regularly interacts with the Ministry of Home Affairs and through each of the Regional/State chapters; it liaises with the State Governments to formulate rules under the Act. For this reason it is important that CAPSI and its members follow a high moral code of conduct while carrying out their business and therefore enjoy the distinction of maintaining an impeccable professional record in their interaction with relevant government and private bodies. The premise is that the stronger the Regional/State chapters are, the easier it becomes for them to implement a self governing Code of Conduct. CAPSI has chapters in Delhi, Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Uttara Khand, West Bengal, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, North Bengal and Jharkhand.
Further, CAPSI has conducted three National Conferences during the years 2006, 2007 and 2008 at Delhi and Karnataka with a large number of participants in attendance, with Shri Shivraj Patil, the then Hon’ble Home Minister as the Chief Guest during the inauguration / valediction ceremonies of all the three National Conferences. CAPSI’s central leadership gave them an opportunity to sign the MoU with the Government of Rajasthan and Punjab and is in an advanced stage of signing another with the Government of Orissa. Similar efforts are on to sign the MoU with other State Governments and with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Government of India. CAPSI’s senior leadership’s commitment to extend all possible support to the State chapters while formulating strategy as well as their interactions with the political leadership of the States, will reinforce their effectiveness. It is the strength of the State level chapters that is most significant, since the subject is dealt with at the State level.
CAPSI as of now has an extended strong membership base of Security Agencies across the country The monthly news letter of CAPSI SECURITY POST carries relevant up-dates on the Security Industry circulating amongst Government offices, Law Enforcement officials, Hotels, Embassies / High Commissions and the National and International Business Houses to sensitise to the accessibility and activities of CAPSI.
For more information visit: www.capsi.in
On the association, observes Mr. Vikram “Vicky” Kapoor (Director and Chief Instructor – IKMF-India): “India has for long been the target of extremist organisations, in an age where the world is getting smaller by the day, the chances of genuine threats to life and property are increasing. Locations once considered safe even in the most troublesome of times, are now being targeted with precision, planning and determination, as was evident in the unfortunate happenings of November 26th, 2008 in Mumbai.
It is even more unfortunate that the machinery set up to prevent and overcome such incidents has been lacking in appropriate technology, training and inspiration. We are, however, buoyed by the fact that the citizens of India are now finally asking questions and voicing their concerns, in an effort to demand for better security for their near and dear ones. Security experts within the country have, in the past, suggested that the Indian public is not crime prone by nature and therefore higher levels of value addition for private security personnel is not required. The string of recent attacks counters that popular understanding and now more and more people are coming to realize that security does not only entail a person in uniform standing at a door, but requires an appropriate level of training and knowledge to enable of life / property saving decisions in a complex situation.
It’s obvious from the happenings of the recent Mumbai attacks, that proper training can help save many several precious lives, where members of a South African Security Agency helped save over 150 hotel guests without any arms or ammunition; relying only on their training and experience to evacuate everyone under their control without a single casualty or mishap.”
Mr. Vikram Kapoor
- More than 34 years of experience in hand-to-hand combat training, Military Close Quarter Combat Tactics and specialist Law Enforcement tactics.
- Certified by IKMF, Israel, he became India’s First Law Enforcement Instructor, SWAT Instructor, Civilian Instructor and Military Instructor. He is also the Managing Director of Ultimate Tactical and Combat Pvt. Ltd., a firm catering to military and combat gear and training, equipment and various security related services.
- Years of experience in imparting training for many Law Enforcement, Para-Military and Military units in India.
- Certified Combat Krav Maga Instructor
- Certified S.W.A.T (Special Weapons and Tactics) instructor
- Certified Law Enforcement instructor
- Certified Military instructor
- 7th Dan Black Belt in Karate (KFI)
- 6th Dan Black Belt in Goju-Ryu (Okinawan, Japan)
- 5th Dan Black Belt by WKC
- 5th Dan Black Belt by IKKO