Our motto is ‘Educate, Connect and Empower’ and our education model is face-to-face engagement where real trust, relationships and networks between security practitioners are initiated and developed. COVID-19 has forced our educational model to evolve since we are all required to maintain social distancing, many borders are closed, and our courses have been delayed. The hard question for us is, ‘What new educational and engagement models will enable us to maintain core business and continue our mission?’
One way is to further engage with our 13,000+ alumni, who already have built valuable relationships with APCSS and other alumni from throughout the globe. Our first effort along these lines is to create a forum in which faculty and alumni play a role in advising and updating each other on ways to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, and by providing briefs and status updates on agencies and locations where the alumni work and reside. Regular updates will go some way to creating a global picture of how the pandemic is affecting our governments and security sectors. Information on lessons leaned and challenges overcome will benefit government officials who are still struggling to manage various aspects of the crisis. Together, we can create an evolving body of knowledge that will help us manage this new complex crisis.