Monthly Archives: October 2014

Vista introduces VFD analogue security cameras for end users

The new Vista VFD28V12WDR analogue cameras offer “outstanding image quality” even under extreme backlit conditions thanks to a Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) of up to 120 dB.

Viewing images in highly contrasted scenes can lead to a loss of detail that compromises image quality and usefulness. Thanks to CMOS WDR technology and “exceptional” 1000 TVL colour and monochrome images, the new VFD28V12WDR model addresses these issues, providing more detail to be seen and recorded in these difficult conditions.

Key features include:

• Exceptional WDR of 120 dB for balanced and detailed images
• 1000 TVL colour and monochrome images for impressive live and recorded image quality
• True day/night operation thanks to switching IR cut filter
• User-selectable privacy zones for protecting sensitive or personal information
• Optically correct bubble ensures superior image quality at all viewing angles

Vista's new VFD28V12WDR analogue camera

Vista’s new VFD28V12WDR analogue camera

Benefits for the end user

Kramar Donachie, the Vista brand’s product manager, commented: “The VFD28V12WDR has been developed by the Vista team to achieve the best Wide Dynamic Range and resolution combination available, and includes a host of features such as peak white inversion, 3DNR and BLC which help to ensure that the majority of lighting conditions can be resolved.”

Donachie added: “As is the case with all Vista products, ease of set-up was an important consideration during development. This new camera incorporates a focus adjust in the OSD which provides a graphical aid to achieve the best focus possible for the end user.”

Leave a comment

Filed under Risk UK News

New Security Industry Authority-linked qualifications to be launched in January 2015

A new suite of qualifications for learners hoping to become licensed security operatives is to be launched in January 2015, with the Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance assisting in their development.

The introduction of the new qualifications comes after one of the largest ever reviews into learning in the sector was launched earlier this year, when the Security Industry Authority (SIA) announced an evaluation of its specifications for learning and qualifications.

The review affects security licence-linked units, and will result in qualifications containing these units being withdrawn and replaced. Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) has been asked by the SIA to assist in the development work alongside other SIA-endorsed awarding bodies in order to create new units that will make up the qualifications.

New security qualifications are due to be launched on 1 January 2015

New security qualifications are due to be launched on 1 January 2015

The change will impact learners, personnel, security companies and facilities management organisations providing security services.

Existing qualifications will be withdrawn on 31 December 2014 to be replaced by the revised qualifications with immediate effect from 1 January 2015.

Meeting the needs of learners and employers

Jason Sprenger, HABC’s CEO, said: “This is perhaps the largest review the SIA has conducted into training since it took responsibility for the sector, and will result in the development of completely new suites of qualifications that better meet the needs of learners and employers. We actively encouraged all of our Approved Centres offering security courses to take part in the public consultation to ensure that the sector had a voice in the review, and that the resulting qualifications will be valued by security professionals.”

Jason Sprenger: CEO at HABC

Jason Sprenger: CEO at HABC

A number of new learning materials to support the units are also planned for launch in January 2015, including the ‘Working as a Door Supervisor’, ‘Working as a Security Officer’ and ‘Working as a CCTV Operator’ books and training presentations. The former have been written by Andy Walker and, in the case of the surveillance-focused document, Gordon Tyerman, both of whom are recognised experts in the security arena.

HABC is one of the UK’s leading Awarding Organisations for vocational qualifications

HABC is one of the UK’s leading Awarding Organisations for vocational qualifications

*Further information on the planned changes is available by calling 0845 226 0350. Alternatively, send an e-mail to: info@highfieldabc.com

**For regular updates, visit: https://twitter.com/HighfieldABC and: http://www.facebook.com/HighfieldABC

Leave a comment

Filed under Risk UK News

Security seminar to provide free advice for businesses in the South East

Empowering businesses to reduce their risk from crime is the aim of a popular annual event which is set to return to the South East of England next month.

Free to attend, the South East Business Crime Conference is taking place at Westminster’s Church House Conference Centre in central London on Thursday 27 November, giving businesses from across the region the opportunity to learn more about reducing their security risk while meeting security suppliers and experiencing live demonstrations of the latest security technology.

The event is due to be formally opened by a representative from the London Mayor’s Office with other speakers including:

• Crime reduction specialist Neil Henson, who will be speaking on the Anti-Social Behaviour and Policing Act 2014 and its implications for community safety
• Simon Letchford (of the Metropolitan Police Service), who will be speaking about the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime’s (MOPAC) Business Crime Strategy
• DS Chris Felton (from the City of London Police) who will be discussing cyber crime
• Ken Meanwell (representing the Association of Chief Police Officers’ Crime Prevention Initiatives programme), who’s set to talk about Community Safety Accreditation Schemes
• Event sponsor DISC will be speaking about Business Crime Reporting Systems

The South East Business Crime Conference attracted high level delegates for the 2013 event

The South East Business Crime Conference attracted high level delegates for the 2013 event

Kindly sponsored by both DISC and Facewatch, the event is organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) alongside the Metropolitan Police Service and neighbouring forces from Thames Valley, City of London, Sussex, Hampshire, Kent and Essex.

Representatives from a range of business sectors

The event makes the move to central London in 2014 to enable easy access for delegates from across the South East region. Feedback from delegates attending last year’s event was positive, with 100% ending the day feeling better informed about the security marketplace and positive that the event had been of practical benefit to them.

Last year’s attendees included representatives from a range of business sectors and sizes in both the public and private sectors, including Waterstones, the University of Portsmouth and the Bank of England.

Alongside the informative conference programme at 2014’s event, a range of exhibitors will also be on hand to provide advice and guidance on the very latest in security services and technology solutions that can help businesses reduce crime.

James Kelly, CEO at the BSIA, commented: “With businesses facing a number of emerging threats such as cyber crime and fraud, the issue of business crime remains at the top of the corporate agenda. Working together with police forces and other local organisations can help organisations reduce the risk they face from crime and anti-social behaviour. Our event aims to bring together the South East business community to provide a wealth of expert advice and facilitate useful networking opportunities for business owners looking to source effective solutions to their security challenges.”

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

Register to attend

Those wishing to attend this year’s South East Business Crime Conference can register to attend by downloading a booking form from the BSIA’s website: http://www.bsia.co.uk/events/P22S11414451

Those wishing to exhibit at this year’s South East Business Crime Conference can also download a booking form from the BSIA’s website: http://bit.ly/1BzLA9J

Leave a comment

Filed under Risk UK News

Cyber Europe 2014: ‘Biggest ever cyber security exercise in Europe’ states ENISA

Today, more than 200 organisations and 400 cyber security professionals from 29 European countries are testing their readiness to counter cyber attacks in a day-long simulation exercise organised by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA).

During the course of Cyber Europe 2014, experts from the public and private sectors including cyber security agencies, national Computer Emergency Response Teams, ministries, telecoms companies, energy firms, financial institutions and Internet Service Providers will be testing their procedures and capabilities against a life-like, large-scale cyber security scenario.

#CyberEurope2014 is the largest and most complex exercise of this nature organised in Europe. More than 2,000 separate cyber incidents will be dealt with, including Denial of Service attacks to online services, intelligence and media reports on cyber attack operations, website defacements (attacks that change a website’s appearance), ex-filtration of sensitive information, attacks on critical infrastructure (such as energy or telecoms networks) and the testing of EU co-operation and escalation procedures.

This is a distributed exercise involving several exercise centres across Europe and co-ordinated by a central exercise Control Centre.

More than 200 organisations and 400 cyber security professionals across Europe join forces today during the first phase of ENISA’s bi-annual cyber security exercise designated Cyber Europe 2014

More than 200 organisations and 400 cyber security professionals across Europe join forces today during the first phase of ENISA’s bi-annual cyber security exercise designated Cyber Europe 2014

Speaking about today’s event, European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes commented: “The sophistication and volume of cyber attacks are increasing every day. These attacks cannot be countered if individual states work alone or just a handful of them act together. I’m pleased that EU and EFTA Member States are working alongside the EU institutions with ENISA bringing them all together. It’s only this kind of common effort that will help keep today’s economies and societies fully protected.”

Professor Udo Helmbrecht (ENISA’s executive director) added: “Five years ago there were no procedures in place to drive co-operation between EU Member States during a cyber crisis. Today, we have the procedures in place on a collective basis to mitigate a cyber crisis on a European level. The outcome of today’s exercise will tell us where we stand and identify the next steps to take in order that we make continual improvements.”

Sharing of operational information

Among other things, the Cyber Europe 2014 exercise will test procedures for the sharing of operational information on cyber crises in Europe, enhance national capabilities for tackling cyber crises and explore the effects of multiple and parallel information exchanges between private-public and private-private at both the national and international levels.

The exercise is also designed to test the EU Standard Operational Procedures (EU SOPs), a set of guidelines specifically designed for the sharing of operational information on cyber crises.

Professor Udo Helmbrecht: executive director of ENISA

Professor Udo Helmbrecht: executive director of ENISA

Increased sophistication of cyber attacks

According to ENISA’s Threat Landscape Report, which was published last year, threat agents have increased the sophistication of their attacks. It has become clear that maturity in cyber activities is not a matter for just a handful of countries. Rather, criminals in multiple countries have developed capabilities that can be used to infiltrate all kinds of targets – Governmental and private – in order to achieve their objectives.

In 2013, global web-based attacks increased by almost 25% while the total number of reported data breaches was 61% higher than in 2012. Each of the eight most prevalent forms of data breach resulted in the loss of tens of millions of data records, in turn exposing no less than 552 million identities.

According to industry estimates, cyber crime and espionage accounted for between $300 billion and $1 trillion in annual global losses during 2013.

This latest exercise simulates large-scale crises related to critical information infrastructures. Experts from ENISA will issue a report with key findings after the exercise ends.

#CyberEurope2014 is a bi-annual, large-scale cyber security exercise. It’s organised every two years by ENISA, and this year counts 29 European countries (26 from the EU and three from the EFTA) plus EU Institutions among its cohort. The exercise takes place in three phases throughout the year, as follows:

*Technical: Involves incident detection, investigation, mitigation and information exchanges (completed in April)
*Operational/tactical: Dealing with alerts, crisis assessment, co-operation, co-ordination, tactical analysis, advice and information exchanges at the operational level (taking place today and during early 2015)
*Strategic: Examines decision-making, political impacts and public affairs

ENISA's headquarters in Greece

ENISA’s headquarters in Greece

In the cyber security strategy for the EU and the proposed Directive for a high common level of network and information security, the European Commission calls for the development of national contingency plans and regular exercises, testing large-scale networks’ security incident response and disaster recovery capabilities.

ENISA’s new mandate also highlights the importance of cyber security preparedness exercises in enhancing trust and confidence when it comes to online services across Europe. The draft EU SOPs have been tested over the last three years, including during the course of Cyber Europe 2012.

Leave a comment

Filed under Risk UK News

IHS Research Note: ‘Security system integration market worth an estimated $59.5 billion in 2013’

According to a new report from IHS, the world market for security system integration was valued at $59.5 billion in 2013, an increase of almost $5 billion from 2012. Paul Bremner (Senior Analyst for Video Surveillance – Security Services at IHS) outlines the detail.

The security system integration market consists of design, consultancy, installation, service and maintenance as well as the sales of video surveillance, physical access control and intruder alarm equipment. Revenue is expected to continue growing in excess of 9% through to 2018.

The market is characterised by a handful of large international players, numerous regional rivals and many local competitors. Such a competitive landscape means fierce competition abounds and that both integrators and installers must remain at the forefront of technology trends to be able to continue serving Best in Class integration packages to their customers.

One trend that integrators have been eyeing closely of late is Security as a Service (SaaS), whether it be Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) or Access Control as a Service (ACaaS). Both offer promising opportunities for integrators to expand their recurring monthly revenue while simultaneously becoming closer to the end customer. This model also allows integrators to increase the value they bring to the table, and also lets them be seen as working together with their customers as partners.

As equipment margins continue to edge lower for integrators, driven by price declines in the equipment itself, it is the services that integrators can offer – as well as the added value they’re perceived to bring to the customer – that will ultimately prove to be the separator between the winners and losers in this market.

Leave a comment

Filed under Risk UK News

Peter Jackson appointed CEO and chairman at Jacksons Fencing

Perimeter security and access control solutions specialist Jacksons Fencing has appointed Peter Jackson as its new CEO and chairman with effect from 1 October 2014.

Having spent 25 years working in the physical security sector, Peter Jackson now takes over the reins from his brother Richard Jackson* to lead the company that was established in 1947 by their late father, Ian Jackson.

As the former sales director for Jacksons Fencing, Peter’s previous area of expertise lies in servicing the high security sector of the business. He has been personally responsible for designing the only fencing product to reach SR4 and SR5 level LPCB accreditation, in addition to designing the first fencing product to attain the highest Government testing standard.

Commenting on his appointment, Peter Jackson stated: “I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Richard’s incredible dedication and commitment over the last 40-plus years. His strategic insight and excellent leadership skills have undoubtedly contributed towards shaping the business and growing it into the hugely successful and profitable entity that it is today.”

Peter Jackson: the new CEO and chairman at Jacksons Fencing

Peter Jackson: the new CEO and chairman at Jacksons Fencing

Speaking about the future, Jackson explained: “I’m delighted to be taking up this significant role and relish the challenge of continuing Richard’s work in steering the company through the next stage of its evolution and continued development as a major player in the physical security sector servicing the residential, commercial and ultra-high security markets.”

Jacksons Fencing has been established for over 65 years and, since the company’s inception, it has always taken pride in its ability to deliver superior quality products that are fit for purpose and therefore guaranteed to offer a long life service.

“Looking ahead,” urged Jackson, “the company will continue to trade on its reputation for outstanding quality, both in terms of the product offering but also in relation to the exceptional calibre of customer service and access to unrivalled in-house technical expertise that we can offer. Jacksons Fencing has successfully weathered the storm of the recent economic recession and is now poised for further growth and innovation. I’m looking forward to the exciting times that lie ahead.”

Richard Jackson: concentrating on the Gate Safe campaign

Richard Jackson: concentrating on the Gate Safe campaign

*Richard Jackson will now concentrate 100% on Gate Safe, the charity which he founded in 2010 following the death of two children in automated gate accidents.

Gate Safe campaigns to improve safety standards for automated gates and is supported by a number of key opinion former bodies including RoSPA, Secured by Design, Electrical Safety First, SAFed (Safety Assessment Federation), Electrical Safety First and the Electrical Contractors’ Association.

Leave a comment

Filed under Risk UK News

GCHQ launches Royal British Legion’s Gloucestershire County Poppy Appeal 2014

To launch this year’s Royal British Legion Gloucestershire County Poppy Appeal, around 1,400 GCHQ staff – both civilian and military – worked together to create a giant poppy in the centre of the iconic GCHQ ‘doughnut’ building in Cheltenham.

Representing remembrance of the past and hope for the future, the stunning poppy was created using Royal Navy personnel wearing black uniforms to form the centre. They were surrounded by GCHQ staff dressed in red rain ponchos and other military personnel attired in green combat dress to form the stalk.

In a year that marks the centenary of the conflict which gave birth to the poppy as a symbol of remembrance and hope, the Royal British Legion’s role remains as contemporary and as vital as ever, supporting today’s generation of Armed Forces families and veterans.

For its part, GCHQ has a long history of supporting the military stretching back to 1914. Whenever and wherever British forces have deployed, GCHQ has been ready to assist, providing intelligence to help keep UK troops safe. Indeed, this enduring connection meant that there was no shortage of volunteers to help the Gloucestershire Legion with their efforts in the centenary year of World War I.

To launch this year’s Royal British Legion Gloucestershire County Poppy Appeal, around 1,400 GCHQ staff - both civilian and military - worked together to create a giant poppy in the centre of the iconic GCHQ building in Cheltenham

To launch this year’s Royal British Legion Gloucestershire County Poppy Appeal, around 1,400 GCHQ staff – both civilian and military – worked together to create a giant poppy in the centre of the iconic GCHQ building in Cheltenham

The completed poppy measured 38 metres in diameter with a 28 metre-long stalk. It was made up of 100 military and 1,308 civilian staff. Thanks to thorough military planning and some loud hailers, it took just over an hour to make sure everyone was position.

‘Top Secret Brass’ – GCHQ’s brass band – provided rousing music to keep the spirits up while everyone found their place. The mood was light at times: a Mexican wave was attempted but as the helicopter flew overhead to take the aerial shots, a poignant silence fell over the courtyard in a shared moment of reflection.

The event gave all involved the chance to actively show their support for the Royal British Legion and the military family.

One of the GCHQ participants who made up part of the petal described his experience. He said: “I was really proud to take part and show my support for the Royal British Legion by joining my colleagues, united in purpose, to honour those who have served – and continue to serve – this country.”

Supporting the work of The Royal British Legion

Nicole Mayall, community fundraiser for Gloucestershire’s 2014 Poppy Appeal, commented: “It’s really moving to see so many people standing together in support of The Royal British Legion’s work and to launch this year’s Poppy Appeal. We’re so grateful to all the staff at GCHQ who’ve made this possible. The money raised through the Poppy Appeal goes directly to the Legion’s welfare work, in turn providing through life care to anyone who’s currently serving in the British Armed Forces, anyone who has previously served and their families.”

Chris – a GCHQ civilian employee who had previously deployed overseas to support the military – spoke about his impressions of the day. “I’ve worked with the military in Afghanistan and seen at first-hand how GCHQ intelligence can help keep UK troops safe while they’re on operations. I’m proud to see so many people from GCHQ showing their support for the Royal British Legion and the military family.”

Participants were invited to make a donation to take part in the event and no less than £1,730 was raised.

The ponchos left over from the day will be donated to charity, namely a number of scout groups in the local area and Bloodbikes (a charity providing out of hours emergency medical courier services to Gloucestershire and the surrounding counties).

The poppy, representing Remembrance of the past and hope for the future, was created using Royal Navy personnel wearing black uniforms to form the centre. They were surrounded by GCHQ staff in red rain ponchos and other military personnel in green combat dress to form the stalk

The poppy, representing Remembrance of the past and hope for the future, was created using Royal Navy personnel wearing black uniforms to form the centre. They were surrounded by GCHQ staff in red rain ponchos and other military personnel in green combat dress to form the stalk

GCHQ: the detail

Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is one of the three UK Intelligence and Security Agencies along with MI5 and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). GCHQ works to protect the UK and its citizens from a range of threats to national security, including those posed by terrorism, serious and organised crime and cyber attack.

The organisation also works to safeguard UK forces wherever they are deployed and, through its Information Security arm CESG, provides policy and assistance on the security of Government communications and electronic data.

At the heart of GCHQ’s support to the military is its staff. In recent conflicts, GCHQ staff have volunteered in numbers for deployment to war zones such that they can help keep the military safe. 90 GCHQ staff have received the medal for service in Iraq and 156 for their service in Afghanistan.

During November 2014, a number of memories and reflections of GCHQ staff who have worked to support the military – from World War I to the present day – will be shared on the GCHQ website. Check back at: http://www.gchq.gov.uk for further information from 1 November.

About The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion is the nation’s leading Armed Forces charity. The Legion provides immediate support and life-long care to Armed Forces families in need, spending £1.4 million each week to deliver direct, practical assistance and support to the Armed Forces community.

The Poppy Appeal 2014 introduces the Legion’s new position: ‘Live On – To the memory of the fallen and the future of the living’. This message provides a clear understanding of what The Royal British Legion does on a daily basis.

GCHQ has a long history of supporting the military stretching back to 1914

GCHQ has a long history of supporting the military stretching back to 1914

Remembrance is a hugely significant part of the Legion’s work, but the organisation also helps the living to approach their future with hope. Through the ‘Live On’ message, the Legion aims to capture the public’s imagination and reaffirm the meaning of the poppy as a symbol of both remembrance and hope.

The Royal British Legion created the Poppy Appeal to help those returning from the First World War. A century on from the start of that conflict, the organisation is still helping today’s Armed Forces families in much the same way, whether they are having to cope with bereavement, living with disability or working to find employment.

The fundraising target for the Poppy Appeal 2014 is a record £40 million (an increase on last year’s total of £39 million).

Leave a comment

Filed under Risk UK News

Mayflex appointed distributor for Digital Barriers’ SafeZone-edge intelligent video analytics

Mayflex – the cabling infrastructure, networking and electronic security solutions distributor – has signed an agreement to distribute Digital Barriers’ intelligent video analytics application for reliable zone-based intrusion detection. SafeZone-edge is the first edge-based product to combine the performance of server-based intelligent video analysis with the simplicity of video motion detection.

Boasting UK Government certification (i-LIDS® scheme), SafeZone-edge is designed to protect secure facilities and reliably monitor remote sites with “exceptional detection accuracy” and “minimal false alarms”. It’s available now on a wide range of compatible Axis Communications cameras and encoders.

In addition to performance, SafeZone-edge has been designed with “a relentless focus” on ease of installation, affordability and scalability. An innovative auto-calibration feature dispenses with complex scene calibration tasks, in turn allowing multiple cameras to be installed quickly and without any fuss.

Intelligent processing ensures reliable operation, adapting automatically to seasonal and environmental conditions (variable illumination, shadows and general weather, etc) that can otherwise cause nuisance alarms. In a real-life operational test conducted across one week, the replacement of a video motion detection solution with SafeZone-edge resulted in a nuisance alarm reduction of 10,000-plus to just one.

Mayflex has signed an agreement to distribute Digital Barriers’ SafeZone-edge intelligent video analytics application for reliable zone-based intrusion detection

Mayflex has signed an agreement to distribute Digital Barriers’ SafeZone-edge intelligent video analytics application for reliable zone-based intrusion detection

Certification to UK Government standards

Mark Simmons, sales director at Mayflex, commented: “As a business we are continually striving to bring products on board which complement existing brands and offer our customers an easier way of working and making money. The fact that Digital Barriers has a relationship with Axis Communications, for whom we have distributed products and solutions for a number of years now, is a huge plus. This is yet another great brand that has been added to the ever-growing Mayflex security product portfolio.”

Dan Meyrick, sales and business development lead for SafeZone-edge, explained: “Digital Barriers is delighted to have Mayflex as a distribution partner. When bringing innovation to the market with products such as SafeZone-edge, it’s vital you have the right partners working with you. We certainly believe we have that in Mayflex and very much look forward to working with the team.”

SafeZone-edge has been certified to the following UK Government standards:
• i-LIDS® approved primary detection system for operational alert use in sterile zone monitoring applications
• i-LIDS® approved event-based recording system for sterile zone monitoring applications

Leave a comment

Filed under Risk UK News

Showsec helps put Leeds’ First Direct Arena on the venue map

Event and venue security specialist Showsec has been acclaimed for its part in helping to establish the First Direct Arena in Leeds as a friendly, customer-focused venue.

The 13,000-capacity First Direct Arena recently celebrated its first birthday when Jake Bugg performed his unique blend of indie rock and folk to a capacity crowd. It was a special occasion which also marked a celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the venue’s sponsor, the Leeds-based bank First Direct.

From the outset, Showsec was contracted by SMG Europe to provide its specialist services for the First Direct Arena and has undoubtedly made an important contribution to many memorable events (among them the hosting of the BBC’s annual Sports Personality of the Year Awards ceremony).

First Direct Arena general manager Ben Williams commented: “During the launch year of the First Direct Arena, SMG has relied upon the scale, expertise and professionalism delivered by Showsec. As a company, Showsec has not only embraced but also pro-actively committed to the venue’s vision for putting the customer at the heart of everything we do. The First Direct Arena has quickly established a reputation for being a friendly, customer-focused environment for event-goers and Showsec has contributed significantly towards that achievement.”

The First Direct Arena in Leeds

The First Direct Arena in Leeds

Williams added: “We look forward to working closely with Showsec and continuing to improve our service provision for customers and artists over the coming years.”

International artists in the spotlight

As well as the anniversary event featuring Jake Bugg, the First Direct Arena has played host to many other international artists including Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Kasabian, Michael Buble, Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran and The Kaiser Chiefs.

For its part, Showsec has worked closely with SMG Europe and the Arena’s management team to provide a customer-focused service. With Sam Hodkin now operating as the Arena’s head of security, Showsec has developed a strong team of experienced supervisors, Security Industry Authority-licensed professionals and stewards to help the venue enhance its reputation for top class entertainment.

“The emphasis has been on ensuring that the experience for all visitors to the First Direct Arena is the very best it can be,” explained Julian Kumah, Showsec’s area manager for Yorkshire. “The fact that we’ve been able to deliver that level of service is due to the tremendous commitment and professionalism of our staff. We have received some very positive feedback from customers and clients which spurs us on to raise the bar even higher.”

Kumah added: “The development of our service at the First Direct Arena has involved us in being innovative in order to create the best possible operational systems in line with the design of the venue and to use the latest technology. This affords our staff the confidence and ability to fulfil their roles. The upshot of that is a customer-focused approach.”

Leave a comment

Filed under Risk UK News

Officer in life-threatening Samurai sword stand-off wins national Police Bravery Award

Sergeant Stephen Brown of the Metropolitan Police Service, who tackled and disarmed a man trying to slash him with a Samurai sword, has deservedly won a prestigious national Police Bravery Award.

With only his baton and CS spray to protect himself, and on his own, Sergeant Brown found himself fighting for his life as the man repeatedly swung the sword at his face and neck while ignoring orders to put the weapon down.

When the suspect swung for the officer again, Sergeant Brown discharged CS spray into the man’s face. The officer quickly moved towards his assailant and, while the sword was in the air, struck the man’s arm with his baton three times. On the third hit the man dropped the sword and fell to the floor.

Sergeant Brown immediately jumped on top of the man and was then joined by colleagues in restraining the individual. The offender was still struggling violently before being arrested after the incident, which occurred on Christmas Eve 2012 in north London.

Earlier that evening, the offender had repeatedly stabbed a woman. After he was detained by Sergeant Brown and his colleagues, officers discovered that the bag he was carrying contained an arsenal of weapons.

National Police Bravery Award

For his diligence and skill, Sergeant Brown has won the national Police Bravery Award. He was presented with the trophy at a ceremony held in central London attended by Home Secretary Theresa May, policing minister Mike Penning and Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM in addition to other dignitaries.

Earlier in the day, Sergeant Brown joined 65 of his colleagues from 31 police forces around the country for a reception at 10 Downing Street hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron and designed to recognise their heroic acts of bravery.

Sergeant Stephen Brown and Home Secretary Theresa May

Sergeant Stephen Brown and Home Secretary Theresa May

Home Secretary Theresa May said: “The actions of Sergeant Stephen Brown are a powerful reminder of the commitment and courage that police officers bring to their role. Sergeant Brown put his own life in danger to defuse a terrifying situation. His intervention protected members of the public and may well have saved the lives of others. We should reflect on the bravery shown by all the officers nominated and that displayed by all police officers in the course of their duties each day.”

Speaking about the prestigious award, Sergeant Brown commented: “I feel overwhelmed. Other people deserve it more and I feel very honoured to have won this award. I would do exactly the same thing again and it’s what every officer would have done in that situation.”

He continued: “The man needed to be tackled there and then. The woman he had attacked was innocent and unknown to him. He needed to be stopped. This is what we do as police officers. People call it brave but it’s just part of the job.”

Steve White, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “I’m constantly humbled and amazed by the selfless acts of bravery carried out by police officers on a day-to-day basis. For every act of courage and bravery recognised in the national Police Bravery Awards there are hundreds more occurring in our communities every day that go unrecognised. Each nominee is a credit to the police service and to the community they serve.”

Stephen Mann, CEO at Police Mutual, stated: “Every day, police officers across the country face incredibly difficult and dangerous situations and act with real heroism to protect the lives of others. All of the officers nominated for an award have shown great dedication to their duty and remarkable courage.”

Mann concluded: “Police Mutual is honoured to continue its sponsorship of the national Police Bravery Awards for the sixth consecutive year, and we give our sincere thanks to the men and women who keep us all safe.”

Leave a comment

Filed under Risk UK News