Securitas Security Services UK has triumphed at this year’s British Security Industry Association (BSIA) Security Personnel Awards, the regional and national awards scheme designed to pay tribute to the outstanding work of security officers over the preceding 12-month period. Securitas was honoured to receive a record six accolades, including two out of the three national trophies bestowed in the Outstanding Act category.
The first Outstanding Act award went to Tim Prodger from Somerset for his vigilance and integrity throughout an ‘intense incident’ which happened during his shift at a major London supermarket. Prodger acted when he overheard a man in the store’s toilets attempting to take his own life. After breaking down the toilet cubicle door, the security officer administered First Aid to the man, who had already lost a great deal of blood.
Prodger remained with the distressed male until paramedics arrived on scene. A store spokesperson said that, without Prodger’s timely intervention, the man would have undoubtedly died.
The award for another Outstanding Act was handed to Chris Fielding from Chesterfield. A Chesterfield Royal Hospital security supervisor of four years standing, Fielding received the award as a result of his initiative and professionalism throughout a potentially dangerous and challenging incident.
While on duty, Fielding and a colleague were called to one of the wards where there had been ongoing reports of a volatile and aggressive man. Shortly after the security officers arrived on the ward, the man managed to escape restraint, running away on several occasions and attempting to take his own life.
Fielding repeatedly prevented this from happening, firstly reasoning with the man and then physically stepping in. The man switched between pleading and aggression each time and, at one point, threatened the lives of the security officers. On his last attempt, the man locked himself in a room and, unable to gain access, Fielding used his torch to strike the glass repeatedly in order to be able to get his hand through it and unlock the door from the inside.
Once inside, Fielding immediately restrained the male who was then escorted by three security officers and two police constables to a holding ward.
In the same category, security officer Adam Murphy was given a special commendation for bravery. Last September, while driving to work in the early hours of the morning, Murphy witnessed a violent crime occurring in the street and involving a deadly weapon. He instinctively drove his van between the two brawlers in order to separate them. After several exchanges of the weapon and its subsequent discarding, Murphy and a member of the public exited their vehicles to assist the wounded man. The attacker escaped, although Murphy gave chase and eventually managed to restrain the offender.
Best Newcomer and Best Team
A national BSIA accolade for Best Newcomer went to Barrow in Furness security officer and emergency medical technician Paul Wilson who joined the security team at BAE Systems back in August 2013, bringing his past experience as an emergency medical technician with him.
The introduction of Securitas personnel into BAE’s existing in-house customer team was a new concept but Wilson’s personal skills soon proved extremely important in not only dealing with employees in sensitive medical situations, but also when it came to ensuring his integration and relationship building with the customer.
In May 2014, Wilson’s professionalism and attention to detail won him a Securitas Community Award for Vigilance after he identified a concern with a patient during a routine medical examination. During the patient’s subsequent recovery, his surgeon informed him he was lucky he had been diagnosed quickly thanks to Wilson’s efforts as a delay may have resulted in a major stroke.
Bristol’s Sainsbury’s Emerald Park Team received a Best Team award for greatly reducing damages in and around the site and accumulating “outstanding” KPI results. The team manages the flow of traffic throughout significant gas tank installation projects, assisting in securing the site and making sure staff and visitors have the correct access cards and authorisation.
The team also supports the Emerald Park charity, namely the Frenchay After Burns Club. Their dedication and enthusiasm saw five of the security team volunteer to participate in a charity walk, completing the Brecon Beacons peaks in one day. The team of five walked nine miles, climbed a total of 2,907 feet in six hours and raised £1,000 for the worthy charity which supports young burns victims and their families.
Contribution to the Community
Finally, the coveted BSIA Chairman’s Award for Contribution to the Community went to the company’s Tour of Securitas – a charity initiative which raised over £3,000 for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
The virtual cycling Tour began in Edinburgh on 8 September last year and involved over 800 officers and support staff across 21 branches. The staff cycled on static bikes to help increase awareness of safety in the workplace and raise vital funds for the charity. Finishing in Uxbridge five days later, the Tour clocked up a total of 2,677 miles.
The awards were announced at the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon which took place at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane.
Speaking about the company’s success, Brian Riis Nielsen (Securitas’ Country President), told Risk UK: “Our officers prove time after time that they’re fully prepared to go above and beyond in their line of duty and we’re once again very proud of their achievements and recognition.”