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Worshipful Company to raise money for Charitable Trust and Security Benevolent Fund at 2017 Spring Dance

The fifteenth Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (WCoSP) Spring Dance – which is supported by Kings Security – will be held at The Rembrandt Hotel in central London on Saturday 4 March 2017. Proceeds from the evening auction will be donated to the WCoSP Charitable Trust and the Security Benevolent Fund which supports men and women that have been employed in the private security industry and perhaps fallen on hard times.

Peter French MBE, Past Master of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, told Risk UK: “On the night we’ll also be raising funds for the Hackney Carriage Drivers Disney Trip for terminally ill children. Worshipful Company support now pays for four children with their parents and nurses to make this ‘end of life’ trip. We shall be holding an auction and a raffle during the evening.”

On that note, French added: “If any readers of Risk UK and The Paper are able to donate items of memorabilia or perhaps experiences others could not otherwise buy, you will make a difference. This could be private tours of artworks, corporate dining or event tickets. If you can think of any other ways of raising money or you could encourage others to donate items of memorabilia or perhaps experiences others could not otherwise buy, please do let us know.”

*To book your place for The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals Spring Dance contact Peter French via e-mail at: pfrench@ssr-personnel.com

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The Security Benevolent Fund

The Security Benevolent Fund was founded in 2006 as ‘Here 4U’ when John Purnell, the (then) Master of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, and his successor Peter French identified the need to create a safety net for the most vulnerable people working in and retired from the security profession, the ‘Blue Light Services’ and the Armed Forces.

Many individuals working in security on the front line are at the lower end of pay scales. Often, when illness or injury strikes, they need help, guidance and support to return to work or normal life. Those who have retired often have limited financial resources to help them when problems occur.

In 2010, to avoid confusion with other charities, ‘Here4U’ was rebranded as the Security Benevolent Fund. Since it was established there has been a steady increase in applications for help from serving and retired members and their families from across the security profession.

The Security Benevolent Fund isn’t in competition with other bodies in the industry. It aims to work alongside and support other charities as required, providing welfare, legal, medical and health-related guidance and support for current and ex-employees from the security sector.

The Fund urgently needs additional funds to assist those who seek support in ever-increasing numbers. Any donations are gratefully accepted. Please send all donations to: The Security Benevolent Fund, Clerk of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, 34 Tye Green, Glemsford, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 7RG (e-mail: clerk@wcosp.org)

Personal donations can be made via: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/sbfappeal2015/250331

*For further information access the website at: www.securitybenevolentfund.org.uk

2016 Kings College London Academic Prize

Each year, The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals’ Charitable Trust awards a prize to a student attending the MA course in Terrorism, Security and Society at the Department of War Studies, Kings College, London.

The winner of the 2016 Prize is Grace O’Neill from Northern Ireland for her essay entitled: ‘Why Do People Support the Taliban in Kanduz?’  It was reported that the marks awarded to Grace by her tutors for her work were far in excess of those that would merit a First Class Honours degree.

The prize, a cheque for £200, was presented by the Master Ian Mayes QC at his Installation Luncheon, held on 8 June at The Drapers’ Hall in the City of London.

O’Neill already holds a BA (Hons) degree in History from Cambridge University and is seeking a career in the security business sector.

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Apollo supports commemorations of the Great Fire of London

From 2-5 September 1666, a torrent of flames swept through the City of London, carrying devastation behind it and destroying the homes of 70,000 of the city’s 80,000 inhabitants. Historically, this occurrence came to be known as The Great Fire of London. Now, Apollo Fire Detectors is sponsoring ‘Great Fire 350’, the official commemoration of the 350th Anniversary of the event.

A series of free art and experiential events is taking place across the City, the South Bank and Bankside from 30 August to 4 September designed to illustrate the resilience and resourcefulness of the people of London during the Great Fire.

The lack of fire safety regulations and an official Fire Brigade contributed to the destruction of the 17th Century London buildings, which were packed tightly together and constructed from timber. Combined with the drought caused by a long dry summer, the blaze spread with ease.

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Following their destruction by fire, the City of London’s buildings were required to be re-built from brick and stone and equipped with buckets and fire squirts to protect the City and its people from future fires.

This early example of regulation can still be seen in practice to this day, although buckets have since been replaced by fire detectors and extinguishers.

‘Great Fire 350’ is supported by the Fire Safety Circle of companies, including Apollo. This is an umbrella season of lectures, tours, artwork installations and experiences across the location of the fire that tells the story of the disaster.

The current events will celebrate the advances in fire detection, the success and resilience of the City and the positive influence on London as a worldwide capital.

*Further detail is available on the event website

 

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CIS Security introduces fresh new look for officers on retained Spitalfields contract

CIS Security has been awarded the contract for security services at Spitalfields E1 Estate with managing agent CBRE. One of the first tasks was a uniform makeover designed to imbue quality while reflecting the diverse cross section of visitors to the destination on a daily basis.

Having supplied security services for the Spitalfields E1 Estate for the last 14 years, CIS Security has recently retained the contract across a further three years.

This vibrant mixed-use development is a stone’s throw from Liverpool Street Station and acts as a confluence between the City of London’s financial and technical zones and the cultural space that is Shoreditch.

Duties for the newly blue-suited and brogued security professionals on site include visitor engagement, access control for deliveries and staff car parking, monitoring of the CCTV system, opening up/lock-ups of the estate and patrolling all areas (which include a shopping mall and various wine bar-style pubs and restaurants).

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Commercial clients in the area 

The estate is home to a number of prominent commercial clients that include RBS and Allen & Overy. While the security for these is separate, there are close links with CIS Security’s operations team.

In addition to the commercial clients, Spitalfields E1 Estate hosts a number of open malls, high end retail units, restaurants, bars and creative independent traders. The location also boasts a number of high-profile art sculptures such as the I Goat by Kenny Hunter.

The Spitalfields security team is the contact point between the local residents and the estate tenants, duly monitoring noise levels and any anti-social behaviour. Members of the team also have a carefully nurtured culture of engaging in open dialogue with the youth cohort of the area to ensure all those who visit enjoy the estate’s facilities while being respectful to others.

Stable team in place

Estate manager Jason Dervin commented: “CIS Security’s longevity on this contract has been achieved through having a stable senior account management team in place who oversee an experienced, flexible and committed cohort of dedicated security personnel delivering an exceptional service.”

Dervin continued: “One of CIS Security’s key strengths throughout the company’s tenure has been the ability to evolve with the site, continuously innovating to support our changing needs, for example by acting as brand advocates and delivering information to the public; from directions to facts about art and historic artefacts to be found on site. The team takes time to regularly assess the changing landscape through user feedback in order to adapt its service. The team members continue to meet, and in many cases exceed our overall list of requirements.”

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Amanda McCloskey, sales and marketing director at CIS Security, said: “We’re thrilled that Spitalfields E1 Estate has chosen us to continue to care for its site. The new uniforms worn by our officer are smart and stylish, and represent just one way in which we’re working closely with Spitalfields E1 Estate’s management to deliver a premium service to this world-class business and cultural destination.”

Spitalfields: a brief history

Spitalfields takes its name from the hospital and priory, St. Mary’s Spittel which was founded in 1197. It’s an area of London known for its spirit and strong sense of community.

The landmark Truman’s Brewery opened in 1669 and, in 1682, King Charles II granted John Balch a Royal Charter giving him the right to hold a market on Thursdays and Saturdays in or near Spital Square. Visitors to the market today will find designers and artists selling fashions, homewares and accessories as well as a treasure trove of vintage and antique clothing, furniture and other wondrous oddments.

Since the 1970s, a thriving Bangladeshi community has developed and thrived in the area, in turn bringing new cultures, trades and business to the fore (the latter including the famous Brick Lane restaurant district).

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ASC hosts inaugural Business Group meeting of 2016

The Association of Security Consultants (ASC) held its first 2016 Business Group event of 2016 at the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) in the City of London on 18 February.

“2016 is a significant year for us as the ASC celebrates its 25th Anniversary,” explained the organisation’s chairman Joe Connell. In fact, there has arguably never been a better time to join the ASC either as a member, as an associate or a supporter.

The ASC’s move to such a prestige environment as the HAC is just one example of how the organisation is focusing on the delivery of enhanced benefits to its members.

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ASC Business Group gatherings offer great opportunities for professional learning, sharing and networking. Add to that the ability to earn CPD points, opportunities for dining and networking at the House of Lords, the RAF Club and the HAC and first class conferencing at the Marriott Hotel, Heathrow for CONSEC and it’s no wonder ASC membership applications are at an all-time high.

For this month’s meeting, Jason Piggott and James Walker of Dallmeier plus Geoff Gritton and Dave Adams of Veracity informed, shared and entertained up to 60 guests alongside Richard Bell, head of cyber operations at Transport for London.

Comment from the industry

From an industry perspective. Murray Bothwell, the managing director of Veracity, stated: “The ASC Event was definitely a great opportunity for us to meet many of the key consultants, specifiers and project managers from the UK’s security business sector. I know that our team members were delighted with the turnout and the organisation of the whole event.”

James Walker, managing director at Dallmeier Electronic UK, added: “The day was very educational for all who attended, and a great opportunity for networking with both new and regular ASC members. Dallmeier will certainly be returning to future ASC Business Group events to benefit further from the educational and interactive presentations given across all aspects of security topics.”

Roger Noakes, the ASC’s vice-chairman, commented: “We’re grateful to our sponsors, including Dallmeier, Veracity and Frontline, and indeed to our guest speakers who always provide added interest and relevance to industry professionals. We’re pleased to be able to offer this great service to our members, their guests and associates and look forward to an exciting range of ASC events throughout 2016.”

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ISC contracted to provide event security support at London’s Victorian Bath House

Integrated Security Consultants (ISC) has been awarded the contract to provide security services to one of the most fascinating, curious and exclusive new venues situated in the heart of London: the recently-opened Victorian Bath House.

Featuring a secluded Victorian Courtyard and many original features, much of the building is situated underground, including a Grade II-listed Bath House, yet it’s located on a busy street close to Liverpool Street Station.

ISC will provide assistance to the event teams at Camm & Hooper, the events space specialist.

The venue, which opened on 1 December last year, will accommodate up to 150 guests and be used for a wide variety of private and corporate events.

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ISC’s role will include providing corporate security officers for all events at the Victorian Bath House. The security team will offer a complete security service in a manner which befits this unique and special venue providing customer excellence.

Justine Shepherd, ISC’s head of operations, said: “We’re excited to be working at The Bath House. ISC will be providing discreet, professional and customer-focused solutions so that everyone involved, from the guests to the event teams and all the other members of staff have the best experience possible. As always, our aim is to keep things running smoothly and safely and to enhance the experience.”

ISC already provides services to two other iconic Camm & Hooper venues: the Banking Hall, situated in the City, which holds events for up to around 800 guests, and the Tanner Warehouse near London Bridge Station (host to a bar, restaurant and venue space).

The company also works on a range of corporate events at Wembley Stadium and provided the security support to hospitality events at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

“Every one of the venues is different, and each event is unique”, explained Shepherd. “We tailor our services accordingly, and will be developing and adapting our provision to ensure maximum customer service.”

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City of London Police Commissioner calls on financial centres to act now and prevent a major cyber attack

International financial centres, Governments and law enforcement must work closely together to prevent organised criminals and terrorist organisations from bringing global markets to a standstill with a massive cyber attack. This was the message delivered by City of London Police Commissioner Adrian Leppard when he appeared as the keynote speaker at the Financial Crimes and Cyber Security Symposium in New York.

Hosted by the New York County District Attorney’s Office and held in the Federal Reserve Bank, the event was attended by more than 300 delegates from the world of policing, finance and public and private sector cyber security.

Commissioner Leppard, whose UK force is the National Policing Lead for Fraud, highlighted the increasingly sophisticated fraud and cyber threats facing world financial centres, with a particular focus on the City of London and Wall Street. He pinpointed the risks posed by state-sponsored espionage and terrorism using highly complex malware – such as Ransomware and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks – to threaten the integrity of trading platforms and major deals.

Commissioner Leppard also stated it’s now vital that law enforcement and financial institutions share information on the current threats. He called for companies to be legally obliged to report to the authorities when they have fallen victim to a cyber attack and thereby ensure steps can be taken to protect other financial institutions and target the offenders.

Adrian Leppard: City of London Police Commissioner

Adrian Leppard: City of London Police Commissioner

In recognition of the rapidly evolving and expanding threats to the global financial districts, including London and New York, the City of London Police and the New York County District Attorney’s Office are to forge a closer alliance. From Spring 2015, there will be a staff exchange programme between the two agencies aimed at developing greater operational collaboration, intelligence sharing and de-briefing of investigative Best Practice.

This development comes hot on the heels of the City of London Police signing an agreement with the Royal Bank of Scotland to have financial experts from the bank providing specialist advice and guidance under the force’s new Corporate Volunteer Consultancy Scheme.

Determination of international criminals

Speaking from New York, Commissioner Leppard said: “We cannot underestimate the determination of international criminals, operating alone or as part of serious organised crime gangs or terrorist organisations, to launch a major strike against our financial centres, particularly in London and New York. It’s therefore crucial we take a proactive approach to this threat by putting in place the technical and legal systems that will keep trading platforms secure from malware and prevent companies from being compromised by a rogue employee or weak IT systems.”

The Commissioner continued: “The agreement signed by the City of London Police and the New York County District Attorney is another important step in the right direction, bringing the people who protect the Square Mile and Wall Street closer together and ensuring we’re doing everything we can to thwart what has become a common enemy.”

New York County District Attorney Cyrus R Vance Junior added: “An increasingly close connection between cyber crime and financial crime means that co-operation is more important than ever. Our international partnerships, in particular our ongoing collaboration with Commissioner Leppard and the City of London Police, reflect a changing landscape and the understanding that cyber criminal attacks will not be limited by state or national borders. This is why it’s essential for financial institutions, Governments and law enforcement agencies to work together in protecting the integrity of our markets and financial systems as well as our citizens.”

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Survey finds Londoners ready to tackle the terrorist threat

A survey has revealed that nearly three quarters (73%) of individuals who live or work in the City of London are concerned about terrorism compared to 68% of all London adults. An even greater number of Londoners (87%) think that members of the public are important in fighting terrorism, with nearly three quarters (73%) of survey respondents stating they’re likely to report suspicious behaviour to the police.

The survey, undertaken after the UK terrorist threat level was raised from ‘Substantial’ to ‘Severe’, shows that the message from the City of London Police to remain vigilant at all times is one shared by the public. The survey also highlights a gender bias, with 76% of women concerned about terrorist attacks compared to only 59% of men.

The City of London Police continues to pioneer a new and innovative approach to deter terrorism and detect crime through Project Servator. This involves joint deployments with the British Transport Police (BTP) as well as private sector security officers from hundreds of businesses to ensure a ‘Ring of Steel’ around The Square Mile.

Adrian Leppard: City of London Police Commissioner

Adrian Leppard: City of London Police Commissioner

Adrian Leppard – Commissioner of the City of London Police – explained: “Members of the public should be vigilant to the threat posed by terrorism. This survey shows that they are willing to work with the police to prevent such attacks. The people of London are resilient and knowledgeable about the risks from terrorism and know they are key to helping fight that threat.”

Commissioner Leppard added: “Project Servator’s success lies in the partnership between the City of London Police and British Transport Police working with the private security industry, businesses and the public to create a ‘Ring of Steel’ around The Square Mile.”

Project Servator: the detail

Project Servator uses behavioural detection officers and specialist teams to spot suspicious activity and has already led to a total of 98 arrests and 31 cars being seized since launch in February of this year.

Servator involves new tactics and cutting-edge training for police officers that will help deter people from carrying out hostile reconnaissance and detect those with malicious intent. It also increases the opportunity for interaction between police officers and members of the public, provides further reassurance to the public and helps deter and detect other criminal perpetrators.

Hostile reconnaissance is the purposeful observation of people, places, vehicles and locations with the intention of collecting information to inform the planning of a hostile act against a target. Criminals – whether extreme protest groups, organised crime groups or terrorists – have to conduct hostile reconnaissance in order to plan a successful attack. If they can be disrupted and deterred at an early stage, it’s likely that they will abandon their plans.

Following three years of intensive work and study by a Government organisation, the City of London Police ran an initial pilot scheme which heralded a change in the way police use tactics to deter hostile reconnaissance. Due to the way in which the scheme works, these tactics should also have beneficial effects on crime in general.

*Unless otherwise stated, all figures are from YouGov plc. The total sample size was 2,076 London adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 24-30 October 2014. The survey was carried out online. Figures have been weighted and are representative of all London adults (aged 18+)

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