Securitas officers gain 12 regional honours in BSIA Security Personnel Awards 2014

Dedicated Securitas employees have collectively clinched a company record of 12 regional titles in the British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) Security Personnel Awards 2014.

The Securitas regional winners, pictured with Brian Riis Nielsen (far right) and commercial director Mike Clancy (far left)

The Securitas regional winners, pictured with Brian Riis Nielsen (far right) and commercial director Mike Clancy (far left)

The BSIA Awards are designed to pay tribute to the outstanding work of security officers over the past 12-month period.

The 12 awards won by Securitas staff represent the most scooped by the company, recognising personnel who exemplify extraordinary dedication, loyalty, teamwork, customer service skills, use of technology and bravery.

Spencer Harbron is one of the Securitas regional award-winners honoured for going the extra mile, within the category of Outstanding Act for the North East. His quick-thinking was tested after a vehicle crashed into a house near Sunderland’s Monkwearmouth Hospital, where Spencer was on duty.

Spencer immediately rang the emergency services. Identifying the gravity of the crash and smelling gas, he forced open the door and pulled the driver (who was slumped over the wheel) to safety. He then entered the property, located an elderly resident upstairs and calmly escorted them to safety.

Excellent vigilance skills on display

Securitas officers Gary Douglas and Ajaz Ahmed also scooped accolades after showcasing excellent vigilance skills when witnessing a male following a woman into some toilets in York.

Both officers immediately acted to investigate and encountered a woman being sexually assaulted. Although the offender fled the scene, later that month Ajaz recognised the male and contacted the police, resulting in the man’s instant arrest.

These officers, along with the other Securitas regional winners, will now proceed to the national judging phase of the awards, which will culminate in a glittering ceremony held at the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon in London on 16 July 2014.

Brian Riis Nielsen, Securitas Country President for the UK, said: “It’s fantastic that the commitment and dedication of professionals in this industry is acknowledged in this way, and we’re obviously thrilled that Securitas officers have dominated the regional awards. We’re proud that our members of staff across the country go above and beyond in their duties every day, and we wish them the best of luck for the national judging.”

The Securitas regional winners

The Securitas regional winners in 2014 are as follows:

Best Newcomer: Mark Murphy (South West)
Best Team: Lion Yard Shopping Centre Team (Midlands)
Best Team: West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive Team (Yorkshire)
Best Team: Conoco Phillips Teesside Team (North East)
Best Team: Marks & Spencer Sprucefield Team (Northern Ireland)
Outstanding Act: Gary Douglas and Ajaz Ahmed (York)
Outstanding Act: Spencer Harbron (North East)
Outstanding Act: Alan Dunbar (Scotland)
Best Use of Technology: Gary MacLean (Scotland)
Best Use of Technology: Michael Ofori and Nasir Baber (London)
Service To The Customer: Ged Quinn (North East)
Service To The Customer: Craig Monks (South West)

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