SIMPSON BAY:--- The security status of the Princess Juliana International Airport – SXM has been much more enhanced following its participation in the Operational Security Profiler (OSP) training. A total of ten (10) employees from the Security and the Quality Assurance departments attended the training and were later certified. Meanwhile, two of the employees previously completed the Qualified Predictive Profiling (QPP) course, which is a more in-depth training in basic Predictive Profiling.
“Criminals and terrorists are constantly reinventing their approach and their methods of operating and breaching the security of airports. Since these acts are affecting airports worldwide, we can never remain complacent with regards to our proactive tactics,” said Security Manager Jerry Sprott.
Profiling is the recording and analysis of a person's psychological and behavioral characteristics, to assess or predict their capabilities in a certain sphere. The training can serve to allow the candidates to identify how to have a proactive prevention mindset to lower risks.
The course also included training in Predictive Profiling. Predictive Profiling uses the Aggressors Method of Operation and its correlating suspicious indicators as the basis for threat assessment to predict the potential for criminal or terrorist suspicious conduct. This is based on people, situations or an object in relation with the Aggressors Method of Operation.
The certified Operational Security Profilers were also trained to conduct security questioning, which is a special interviewing technique to ascertain suspicious indicators. The skill will allow the employees to counteract the potential threat.
The certification ceremony was held at a lunch setting. The participants were joined by the Chief Operations Officer (COO), Michel Hyman and the Director of Operations, Lloyd Hinds.