The Security Institute has appointed The Inkerman Group as its new membership vetting and screening partner. The announcement follows on from a competitive tender process for the provision of security screening undertaken for The Security Institute’s members and staff in addition to Chartered Security Professionals.
Given that The Security Institute is the UK’s largest membership body for security professionals, the Board decided it would be appropriate for the organisation to adopt a recognised methodology and standard for undertaking screening which can be measured for proportionality and relevance as well as demonstrate the Institute’s commitment to professional security standards.
To this end, all Institute members, staff and Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) applicants will now be screened in line with British Standard 7858:2012 – Security Screening of Individuals Employed in a Security Environment.
Speaking about this development, Emma Shaw CSyP – chairman of The Security Institute – stated: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome The Inkerman Group to this new partnership. Membership screening is vital to our professionalism and underpins the appropriate recruitment and validation of our members. Adopting the recognised British Standard in security screening ensures that we are able to take a balanced, rounded and accurate view of a prospective individual’s background when they’re applying for membership of The Security Institute or the Register of Chartered Security Professionals. We feel this is an appropriate route to take.”
Shaw added: “This appointment of The Inkerman Group is yet another demonstration of key strategic decisions taken by the Institute’s Board of Directors that reinforce our commitment to professionalism in the security environment and support both our membership growth and development plans.”
Commenting on the new partnership Karen Englishby, director of The Inkerman Group, explained: “The Inkerman Group is delighted to have been appointed as The Security Institute’s screening provider. We’re looking forward to a long and productive partnership. We have been delivering screening services for many years. Ours is a business which has continued to grow and works in tandem with a wide range of clients across the public, commercial and private sectors. Being successful in securing this appointment is hugely important to us as it recognises the expected high standards required of our service delivery. We’re very excited at the prospect of working with the team at The Security Institute.”
About The Security Institute
The Security Institute is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1999 for the benefit of individuals working in the security sector. The organisation promotes the art and science of security management and works to drive standards, educate and spread Best Practice across the security sector – a sector responsible for the safety of much of the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure.
The Institute is responsible for managing and operating the Register of Chartered Security Professionals on behalf of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. In conjunction with the Registration Authority, it sets standards, provides quality control, appointment and management of licensees and admitted registrants.
Since the launch of the Register, The Security Institute has processed over 100 applications. There are currently 71 Chartered Security Professionals.
About The Register of Chartered Security Professionals
The Register of Chartered Security Professionals was launched on 7 June 2011. Established under Royal Charter by The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, the Register itself endorses the main aim of the Company which is “to promote, support and encourage standards of excellence, integrity and honourable practice in conducting the profession of security practitioners and to aid societies and other organisations connected to such profession.”