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The GMC Academy is founded by constantly updated professionals and offers training programmes aimed at preparing those who have chosen security as their profession.

The GMC Defence Services Srl has customised training and educational programmes to meet all customers’ requirements. Classes are usually divided in theoretical and practical parts with simulations that get as close as possible to the reality of the services, so that it would be possible to instruct and train the security providers for a psycho-physical approach that is compliant with the task they will have to perform.
The recipients are used to attend our classes:

  • Airline and port societies;
  • Local Police;

  • Armed Forces;
  • Surveillance Institutes;

  • Corporate security providers;
  • Private investigation;
  • Close Protection providers.

Our Courses

DM2009 Security Officer Course

The Ministerial Decree of 6 October 2009 came into force the obligation of specific training for personnel in charge of supervising entertainment and show business activities in places open to the public or in public establishments, also to protect the health and safety of bystanders. The decree provides that in a few months all officers in the field must attend a training class and acquire the job requirements to practice this profession and that, by 31 December 2010, all companies must register in the Prefectural Register of the province in which they operate (art. 1 paragraph 3 Ministerial Decree 06/10/2009) all those who exercise the activity of “ex-bouncers” on their behalf.


The training course lasts nine hours and will focus on the following thematic areas:

a) legal area, with particular regard to the subject matter of public order and safety, to the tasks of the Police Forces and of the local police, to the legal and regulatory provisions regulating the activities of public entertainment and public exercise;


b) technical area, with particular regard to the knowledge of the provisions on fire prevention, health and safety in the workplace, basic first aid practices;


c) psychological-social area, with particular regard to the ability to concentrate, self-control and contact with the public, to the ability of appropriate verbal communication, to the awareness their professional roles, to service-orientation and communication also related to the presence of people with disabilities.

Operational Investigation Techniques

This class trains the aspiring investigative collaborators for basic investigation activities.


The training is not compulsory but essential for those who wish to work as investigative partners for the GMC Defence Services Srl.


Within the class, the fundamental legislative issues will be examined in depth for the smooth running of the collaborative activity, including the legal consequences of a non-compliance with laws in force, especially organisation, main principles, and professional figures within an investigation agency;


  • national legislation (constitution, criminal code, T.U.L.P.S.,  D.M. 269/2010);
  • main databases (online and off-line); public certificates, etc.;
  • international legislation; privacy and privacy authority;
  • code of ethics;
  • theoretical and practical investigative techniques; investigator’s electronic tools (GPS, radio, micro-cameras);
  • drafting of the investigation final report.


At the end of the class, a final theoretical and practical exam is required. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of attendance and will have the chance to undertake a shadowing period with experienced investigators.

Operational Techniques

Requirements: belonging to Armed Forces, Police, Local Police or Surveillance Institutes.

This class is designed and developed to train officers to basic first intervention tactics and techniques depending on the situation, from medium to high risk. The trainees attending the course are engaged in a series of several exercises of increasing difficulty, with individual, pair, and team interventions.


Operators must quickly gain experience and confidence, and they have to increase their level of technical and tactical skill with their weapon.

The technical topics covered by the class are as following:


  • general and special safety regulations; operational defence/safety distance;
  • comparison psychology and operational stress; subject assessment;
  • environmental analysis of the operational context;
  • handcuffing techniques;
  • descent from car on alarm;
  • individual search (ground-sitting-wall-car);
  • active and passive transport;
  • patrol interaction;
  • patrol checkpoint management and hazard analysis;
  • dynamic entrances;
  • car search with real evidence of accidents during searches;
  • methods of placing the individual in the car;
  • weapon retention techniques.


Equipment: operational outfit, handgun, holster, handcuffs, belt, knee pads, water bottle.


Documents required: Armed Forces, Police, Local Police or Security Institutes membership badge, medical certificate of good health.

Ports and Airports Surveillance

Legislation: 6-hour theoretical course.


  • Subject matter of the theoretical class:
  • notions on public official, public service appointee, and individual performing a service of public need, as well as the Judicial Police officer and Police Auxiliary;
  • authorities intervening in the port area and their competences;
  • powers and duties of the armed security guard working in the port area;
  • navigation code and international treaties (ISPS CODE);
  • identification and recognition, and their differences;
  • searches, inspections, and security checks, and their differences;
  • control of vehicles, passengers, goods and luggage by the armed security guard;
  • notions of proper weapons, improper weapons, illicit and/or prohibited substances and objects.


Operational techniques: 12-hour theoretical/practical course.


  • Subject matter of the operational class:
  • definition of operational techniques;
  • the fixed surveillance service in stations and public meeting areas;
  • the dynamic, pedestrian, and self-assembled surveillance service;
  • control of suspect vehicles;
  • control of suspicious luggage;
  • general control of people and control of suspicious individual;
  • behaviour in the presence of suspicious objects.


Sabotage protection: 6-hour theoretical course.

Corporate Security Course


The aim of the class is to train the staff for the security and surveillance service to be able to correctly and safely intervene in the event of crisis conditions.



theoretical and practical lessons in the classroom and in an operational context. Lessons relating to the regulatory, legal, psychological, and theoretical part will be held in the classroom, with the help of teaching and audio-visual aids.

Body Guard and Protection

Subject matter of the class:


  • foundations of the psychological aspect of escorting V.I.P;
  • Principles of V.I.P. movement techniques and propulsion of the escort towards the threat;
  • Back, front or side defences of the V.I.P. against the threat; defence techniques to the V.I.P. with bare hands on thrusting, grasping, punching, kicking or strangling attacks;
  • Functions and duties of the escort leader;
  • Mental attitude and posture of the escort members;
  • Hand-to-hand V.I.P. defence techniques on knife attack;
  • Hand-to-hand V.I.P. defence techniques on knife threat;
  • Hand-to-hand V.I.P. defence techniques on stick attack;
  • V.I.P. evacuation techniques;
  • Notions on room decontamination;
  • The various modules of the escort from 1 to 6 operators;
  • The team leader and his tasks; t
  • The V.I.P. leader and his tasks;
  • Descent and ascent techniques in vehicles;
  • Simulations of escort, evacuation, and protection for V.I.P;
  • The concept of the 1st ring escort;


The access to the class will be evaluated at the time of enrolment by our technical direction.

Stadium Steward

Steward training:

as envisioned by the protocol of understanding signed on 12 Apil 2007 by the Interior Minister Mr. Amato, the CONI President Mr. Petrucci, and the FIGC President Mr. Abete, stewards will be employed inside the stadiums.


They are civilian personnel who will aid the public and coordinate with the police forces standing outside the building.

Self-Defence for Security Officers – Police – Armed Forces – TID (Dynamic Interposition Techniques

TID (Dynamic Intervention Techniques)

The Dynamic Intervention Techniques, developed by the GMC Defence Services in collaboration with LITAV for security, law enforcement, and assistance personnel, trains the officer for a total conflict management in those critical situations that arise in the performance of the service.


This training develops the officers’ awareness of how to manage the crisis, by taking care of the psychological aspect and behavioural analysis up to the action and physical control using non-invasive and aggressive techniques to achieve the objective of control and resolution.


It is not a simple martial arts or self-defence course, but a training that takes into account the specific needs of each public and private security officer in managing one or more hostile subjects in a service situation, analysing at 360 degrees the operational context and the factors that come into play in an emergency situation, from prevention and deterrence to intervention.


Our programme has no fixed outlines but is constantly evolving thanks to our team of instructors with specific skills in the field; they work in team with the trainees themselves, creating a circularity of increasingly refined feedback that leads to the development of training which is closer and closer to the reality of the service. The trainees train as a team and interact with the instructors in a variety of situations during the whole service.


Programme for: Security Personnel for passenger boarding, Cruise ships and D.M. 6/10/2009 Bouncer.


Theoretical programme’s main topics:


  • psychological approach to defence,
  • evaluation of subjective and objective elements of defensive aggression,
  • assessment psychological systems of the opponent,
  • self-preservation instinct in case of defence,
  • operational safety distance – the physical approach and body posture,
  • substantial differences between martial arts and techniques.


Practical programme’s main topics:


  • weapons of the body;
  • ways of striking;
  • appropriate use of attack and defence techniques in relation to space and operational distance; defence techniques against kicks, punches, grabs etc;
  • study of defence techniques against stick, knife and other blunt objects;
  • defence techniques when sitting or lying down;
  • short weapon retention techniques;
  • defence techniques in hand-to-hand combat, with or without “white” weapons or with a short weapon held;
  • long weapon retention techniques;
  • hand-to-hand combat techniques with the long weapon;
  • white weapon techniques;
  • defence techniques from knife;
  • stick defence techniques;
  • handcuffing techniques;
  • defence techniques on threat of long weapon at close range;
  • ground fighting techniques;
  • control and containment techniques;
  • notions of third person defence techniques;
  • leverage and strangulation techniques;
  • defence against leverage and strangulation techniques;
  • hand-to-hand combat;
  • anti-aggression programmes for female individual.