Tan Sri Dato’ Mohd Ismail attended Command and Staff Courses at the Royal Malaysia Police College, Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor and studied Management of Training at the Royal Institute of Public Administration, London, United Kingdom and Post Graduate Senior Management at Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester, United Kingdom and Management of Crisis and Negotiation at Louisiana State University, Baton Rogue, United States of America. He graduated from Malaysia Armed Forces Defence College and awarded a Diploma with Military symbol ‘MPAT’.
Tan Sri Dato’ Mohd Ismail started his career with the Royal Malaysia Police as an Inspector in 1962 and was appointed to numerous command positions before appointment as Chief Police Officer for three states in Malaysia – Kelantan, Johor and the Metropolitan Police of Kuala Lumpur. Prior to his retirement, he held the rank of Commissioner of Police with the appointment as Director of Criminal Investigation Department, Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur.
Currently he is President of the Retired Senior Police Officers’ Association, Malaysia. He was previously a Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Ancom Berhad, Nylex (Malaysia) Berhad, Selangor Dredging Berhad, Esthetics International Group Berhad and an Independent Non-Executive Director of New Britain Palm Oil Limited [NBPOL], Papua New Guinea.