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Securitas Community Awards 2014: The Winners

The fifth annual Securitas Community Awards were presented at the Tortworth Court Hotel in Gloucestershire on Thursday 19 June.

The awards are designed to recognise the outstanding work by Securitas employees during the last 12 months. A number of reward schemes, based on performance and contribution to the community, culminate in the annual awards ceremony.

Winners were announced in nine categories and finalists and invited guests enjoyed listening to stories of impressive acts of innovation, bravery and community initiatives.

The 2014 winners are as follows:

Securitas Community Award: Michael Seggie

Securitas Community Award for Core Values: Karl McLean

Securitas Community Award for Integrity: Christopher Durham

Securitas Community Award for Vigilance: Saif Ul Haq

Securitas Community Award for Helpfulness: Andrew Longbottom

Securitas Community Team Award: Emergency Fire Crew Capability

Securitas Community Award for Innovation: Pete Lidbetter

Securitas Community Award for Leadership: Peter Langley

Securitas Community Award for the Most Outstanding Act: Trevor Thompson

Proud winners of the Securitas Community Awards 2014

Proud winners of the Securitas Community Awards 2014

Commenting on the evening, Securitas’ Chief Operating Officer Shaun Kennedy said: “Tonight is an excellent chance for us to reward and recognise the acts of our people working across the whole of the UK. The company has 16,000 officers. Those here tonight are the ‘Best of the Best’, and every one of them should be extremely proud of their achievements.”

Securitas Good Customer Award 2014

In addition, Marks & Spencer was announced as the winner of the 2014 Securitas Good Customer Award.

Part of the company’s annual Community Awards event, this category is designed to reward those customers who have contributed greatly to an improvement in the standards and perception of the security industry as a whole.

The Judging Panel was chaired by Brian Sims Hon FSyI, Editor of Risk UK, and included Aaron Grant (Head of Security at Aviva UK) who presented the award.

The Judges examined finalists’ procurement strategies, how they work with their security suppliers and how quality of security provision has improved as a result.

Marks & Spencer was judged to have done the most to improve the procurement and effective development of its security services.

Brian Riis Nielsen – Securitas’s Country President and UK Managing Director – said: “It’s very clear Marks & Spencer understands the importance of security to the business. The company understands that, without the significant investment of time, expertise and money in its security provision, the business would be at considerable risk.”

Clint Reid (Head of Corporate Security at Marks & Spencer who received the award) commented: “It really is an honour to win this award. It reinforces our long-standing partnership with Securitas, which is built on a strong foundation of trust.”

Reid went on to state: “We work with Securitas to ensure our training package and development programme pushes the boundaries of delivery. We have worked together to realign its structure to the needs of the customer and to add substantial value to our loss prevention/corporate security delivery.”

Reid continued: “I’m proud to say that, in Securitas, we have a security partner who understands not only what our customers want, but one that’s also able to collaborate on projects and ways of working which deliver significant benefits to M&S.”

Brian Riis Nielsen also stated: “Marks & Spencer’s security strap line is ‘Protecting our People, Property, Profit and Brand’. Without doubt, the company is committed to delivering security excellence. I’m pleased to say that, in partnership with Securitas, Marks & Spencer has undertaken an exciting journey on the way to delivering a revolutionary and industry-leading approach to a total security solution.”

Raising money for excellent charities

The 2014 Community Awards event raised £2,000 for this year’s dedicated charities, namely Help for Heroes and St Teresa’s Hospice.

“Securitas holds a lot of award ceremonies across the 52 countries in which it operates,” explained Brian Riis Nielsen. “However, the UK Community Awards is the only one that brings together our customers, partners and suppliers in the same room to celebrate the achievements of our people. To me, that is unique and something about which we can all be very proud indeed.”

In conclusion, Securitas’ UK leader said: “Our officers often comment that they are just ‘doing what they do’, but they should all go home tonight with their heads held high. I hope they will encourage their fellow officers to believe that it could be their turn next year!”

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Regulation of Private Investigations: Latest Update from the SIA

On 31 July 2013, the Home Secretary announced the Government’s intention for the Security Industry Authority (SIA) to regulate private investigation activities. On 30 June 2014, Home Office Minister Lord Taylor set out the Government’s position on the regulation of private investigations.

In answer to questions asked in the House of Lords, Lord Taylor of Holbeach said that the Government expects the regulations to license the activity of private investigations to come into force in 2015.

The Government also expects the introduction of licensing of private security businesses to come into force in 2015, followed thereafter by private investigation businesses.

On 30 June, Home Office Minister Lord Taylor set out the Government's position on the regulation of private investigations

On 30 June, Home Office Minister Lord Taylor set out the Government’s position on the regulation of private investigations

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) will continue to work with the Home Office, which has responsibility for introducing the regulation of the private investigation sector.

In advance of the regulation date, the SIA will engage with the security industry to update the ‘Get Licensed’ criteria, and will continue to publicise widely further information about the proposed regulation of private investigations.

Who will need a licence?

The Private Security Industry Act 2001 defines the licensable activities of private investigations. The Home Office intends to review this definition to ensure that it remains fit for purpose.

Questions relating to whether specific activities will be licensable in future should be directed to the Home Office.

According to the Act, a given individual will need an SIA licence if they’re involved in any surveillance, inquiries or investigations that are carried out for the purposes of:

(1) Obtaining information about a particular person or about the activities or whereabouts of a particular person, or…

(2) Obtaining information about the circumstances in which, or means by which, property has been lost or damaged

Anyone involved in providing contracted private investigation services will require a licence. This includes employees, employers, managers, supervisors and directors* or partners of private investigation companies. It’s unclear if the Home Office will also wish the SIA to regulate ‘in-house’ private investigations.

*For the purposes of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, the term ‘director’ means executive and non-executive directors, shadow directors, parent company directors and corporate entities holding a directorship

Activities not requiring a licence

According to the Act, the following activities will not require a licence:

*Activities exclusively for the purposes of market research
*Activities exclusively concerned with a credit check
*Professional activities of practising solicitors and Barristers
*Professional activities of practising accountants
*Professional activities of journalists and broadcasters, and activities exclusively relating to obtaining information for journalists and broadcasters
*Activities exclusively relating to reference to registers which are open to the public, registers or records to which a person has a right of access and published works
*Activities carried out with the knowledge or consent of the subject of the investigation

Penalties administered for non-compliance

The penalty for working as an unlicensed private investigator will be (upon summary conviction at a Magistrate’s Court, Sheriff Court or District Court) a maximum of six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000.

The penalty for supplying unlicensed staff will be (upon summary conviction at a Magistrate’s Court, Sheriff Court or District Court) a maximum of six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000.

Upon conviction on indictment at Crown Court, High Court of Justiciary or Sheriff and jury trial, the penalty will be an unlimited fine and/or up to five years imprisonment.

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HMIC asks public for views on new assessments of police forces in England and Wales

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has launched a consultation in relation to its new approach to assessing police force performance in England and Wales.

This new programme of inspections – also known as PEEL (Police Efficiency, Effectiveness and Legitimacy) assessments – will assess how well each of the 43 forces in England and Wales provides value for money (efficiency), cuts crime (effectiveness) and provides a service that’s fair and treats people properly (legitimacy).

Each force will be assessed against these three themes, and given one of four ratings for each theme: Outstanding, Good, Requires improvement or Inadequate.

HMIC will publish the results of these assessments in a user-friendly format, making it easy for members of the public to discern at a glance how well their local force is performing and, over time, whether that performance is improving or deteriorating.

Tom Winsor: Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary

Tom Winsor: Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary

This consultation gives the public the opportunity to have their say on the approach used to make these assessments, as well as the way they will be presented.

The consultation period will run until Friday 29 August 2014 so everyone with an interest in policing – including the public and the service – will have an opportunity to have their say.

Major undertaking for the Inspectorate

HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary Tom Winsor said: “Our new programme of all-force assessments is a major undertaking for the Inspectorate, and will have significant implications for the police and, therefore, the public. This is not assessment for assessment’s sake – the new inspection programme will allow the public to see clearly the performance of their local force.”

Winsor added: “These all-force inspections will make a material contribution to the way in which the police service improves the service it provides to the public. With this in mind, we are offering members of the public the chance to give us their views about how we conduct these assessments and what they should look like.”

In conclusion, Winsor commented: “I encourage everyone with an interest in the service their local police force offers to the community to read and respond to the consultation. This input will be invaluable in how we highlight both good practice within policing, and the areas where forces are falling short.”

Respond to the consultation

Consultation on HMIC’s programme for regular force inspections

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