Monday, September 12, 2022

The first police simulators in the Middle East, courtesy of Naif Arab University

Training is one of the key factors for the future effectiveness of police forces. For this reason, the different security bodies in each country dedicate enormous personal, economic and time resources each year to providing cadets and experienced agents with the knowledge and training necessary to carry out their work in the most efficient and safe way possible.

Depending on the country, this training is carried out by one body or another. For example, there may be specific schools associated with and directed by the police forces of a specific country or region (as is the case with our customers the Thuringian Police in Germany and the ERIP in Brussels) or universities that, within their educational plans, offer training for the police forces in the country where they are located (as is the case of the University of Umeå in Sweden).

In recent months we have been able to share a considerable amount of time and many conversations with a body that follows the third model: the Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS). Located in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, NAUSS is a benchmark institution in the Persian Gulf that offers police training to security forces from all the Arab countries in the region. In other words, it is a university that trains agents with a territorial scope that goes beyond the borders of their own country.

Our contact with NAUSS began in 2021, and we soon realised that we were working with a team with very clear ideas and a real need to start providing training with police driving simulators such as those developed by LANDER. They needed to do this not only to improve the training of agents, but also to carry out different investigations in the field of driving safety for police forces. We became fully aware of the scale of Naif University when we first visited their impressive facility in Riyadh and saw the scope of the work that their team carries out first-hand.

The talks with NAUSS since then have been extremely fruitful and we are now embarking on a project together for the supply of two police car simulators that will be the first of their kind in the Middle East.

We would like to thank NAUSS and its entire team for placing their trust in LANDER and for their patience in thrashing out the details of a project that we are confident will become a benchmark for police forces in the region.