On Saturday 25th June, the Security Institute celebrated its 35th Year Anniversary. The event was well attended by many past, present and future members, directors and presidents.
In a keynote speech, Joseph Moloney said “In 1980, 7 men (Kevin Malone, Patrick Turner, Brian Pilkington, Michael Birmingham, William O’Higgins, Hugh Bracken & Joseph Maloney met in the Garda Club in Harrington Street in Dublin and decided to set up an Institute. A lot of time and energy was given up to the formation of the Institute which was totally voluntary. For a year before the Institute was registered in 1981, we had to complete a Memorandum and Articles of Association, design courses and appoint a Board of Governors to name a few….
It was decided that we set up a Security Management Course that would run for 3 hours one night a week from September to May with a 6 hours examination to qualify for membership of the Institute. We divided our exam into specific categories:
- 1.5 hour exam on General Security
- 1 hour exam on Fire and Risk Management
- 1.5 hour exam on Criminal and Civil Law
- 1.5 hour exam on Occupational Safety and Health
- 1 hour exam on Insurance Risk Management
Our main objectives were to create standards and maintain them. I know now that my fellow founders like myself can take pride in our contribution to the standards within the security profession, I am thrilled to see how far the Security Institute has come and look forward to the future”