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International security consultant Michael Chandler launches book and online training course

International security consultant and author Michael Chandler will bring his Technical Surveillance Countermeasures training programme to the fore as he launches a brand new book and online training programme based on his globally-renowned teachings.

With his counter-surveillance and close protection courses recognised in most English speaking countries, Chandler is a familiar name in the security industry. The course and book offer a comprehensive introduction to bug sweeping in addition to a wealth of technical and practical instruction.

BugSweeping

“Having taught this course all over the UK and the US, I’m delighted to be making it available to all in the form of a new online training programme backed up by the launch of my new book,” said Chandler. “Not all bodyguards have bug sweeping expertise, but it’s clear that, in today’s landscape, it’s an exceptionally useful tool to have. Most attacks are planned and, therefore, a principal is very likely to be monitored in one way or another which is why electronic monitoring or technical surveillance should be something that a modern day bodyguard is able to detect.”

The new online bug sweeping course makes this vital skill more readily accessible to anyone working in the security industry, regardless of location. The course syllabus covers everything from the history of eavesdropping to vehicle tracking devices, hidden camera detection, legislation, mobile phone monitoring, thermal imagery and standard operating procedures along with practical lessons on bug sweeping.

Those registering for an online course will receive a complimentary copy of the book, but it’s also available to purchase from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kindle, Google Books and other book retailers around the world, priced circa £19.99.

*The original in-person training sessions are also open for registration, with a series of seminars set to take place in London, Manchester, Accra, Sydney and New York during 2019. To find out more, register for a course or order the book visit https://www.thesecurity.academy/online-tscm-course

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Pilgrims Group appoints country director as part of footprint expansion in Algeria

Global security and risk management specialist Pilgrims Group has announced its first country director for Algeria, confirming the company’s commitment to developing its portfolio of services for businesses working in the region. 

Algeria has large oil and gas reserves and a major part of its GDP comes from this sector.

Martin Fuller has been appointed to the country director’s role and brings with him a wealth of experience in risk mitigation, crisis management, business development and business continuity.

Fuller’s previous roles include development director at G4S with responsibility for the oil and gas markets in Africa, security team leader for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), principle consultant for a Middle East security management company and twelve years working at BP International as a security, crisis and business continuity management specialist.

On his new role at Pilgrims, Fuller told Risk UK: “My focus is to grow Pilgrims’ footprint throughout the country and manage our operations to ensure the highest quality of service delivery. While it’s easy to travel to Algeria from Europe, our clients deserve and expect close management of their contracts and this is most effectively met through having a permanent local presence. It also helps us meet and maintain the necessary contacts and service our clients need with maximum efficiency.”

Martin Fuller: country director for Pilgrims Group in Algeria

Martin Fuller: country director for Pilgrims Group in Algeria

Fuller added: “By living in Algeria, I can develop a personal and hands-on understanding of the day-to-day challenges that businesses face in the country. This will perfectly position us to add value to our clients’ operations by delivering what they need, when they need it and by being able to anticipate those needs.”

Risk management and risk assessments

Pilgrims has already energised a partnership with The Mesli Group which operates a well-established security guarding company (by the name of CGPS) with over 4,000 officers deployed throughout Algeria.

A number of key services are already provided by Pilgrims in Algeria. “Currently,” stated Fuller, “our main service offerings here cover key areas of risk management, from embedded risk managers and logistic co-ordinators, the provision of risk assessments and the development of appropriate mitigation plans, among them technical security solutions, through to comprehensive journey management support using our in-house cars, drivers and tracking systems, close protection teams, medical support – including our own fleet of ambulances and medics – and motor cycle response teams.”

A key service also provided for international clients is Pilgrims’ award-winning pre-deployment hostile environment awareness training (HEAT), delivered either through its Centre of Excellence near Gatwick Airport in the UK or at its Training Academy located in Algiers.

Commenting on Fuller’s appointment, Pilgrims’ managing director Bill Freear said: “I’m delighted that Martin has joined the growing Pilgrims ranks. His in-depth understanding of the risk management spectrum and, in particular, the oil and gas industry makes him an ideal lead for our future plans in Algeria. The manner in which he has quickly aligned himself to the Pilgrims ethos and become an invaluable member of the team is a credit to his commitment and capability.”

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Ninth consecutive year of ACS audit improvement recorded by Showsec

Event and venue security solutions specialist Showsec has achieved year-on-year improvement in the Security Industry Authority’s Approved Contractor Scheme ratings for the ninth time in succession. An extensive assessment of all aspects of the company’s operation resulted in the award of a hugely impressive audit score of 132.

Assessing body the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) commended Showsec for its performance across all elements of the business and singled out several examples of good practice. Significantly, the company was successful in undergoing assessment for CCTV and close protection in readiness for the introduction of business licensing in 2015.

Showsec aimed for Improvement Scope in the Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) assessment process with the prime objective of gaining British Standard accreditation across all aspects of the company’s work.

“This excellent result highlights once again the progress made by the company year-on-year and places us in a strong position should business licensing be implemented,” enthused Showsec’s managing director Mark Harding. “One of the prime objectives of this proposed business regulation for the security industry is to ensure that everyone complies with the British Standards in whatever line of security work they undertake. We now have approval for both CCTV and close protection duties in addition to door supervision and security guarding.”

Harding continued: “The ACS provides a clear benchmark of the standards we achieve in the delivery of our product. We’re constantly striving to raise the bar even higher in terms of the services we offer to our clients and members of the public, and also in relation to being at the forefront of industry-wide progression. Everyone within the company can be extremely proud of this latest achievement. I know this result will provide further encouragement for our staff to work even harder in the pursuit of excellence and continued improvement.”

Showsec provided security management and stewarding solutions for the recent Kasabian gig at Victoria Park in Leicester

Showsec provided security management and stewarding solutions for the recent Kasabian gig at Victoria Park in Leicester

Event stewarding and crowd management

The NSI assessment was conducted by Joanne Fox who visited two venues – in Manchester and Leeds – at which Showsec operate before spending two days at Head Office in Leicester. In her report, Fox asserted: “I cannot believe the number of things the company has done in the last 12 months. It’s a great achievement.”

Among the five examples of good practice highlighted in the report are the introduction of a specific training module for SIA staff to ensure all supervisors have a clear understanding of the necessary requirements when supervising employees and casual workers, as well as the formation of Facebook accounts managed by members of the team at Head Office which enable employees and casual staff to communicate on specific events and activities.

On top of that, the NSI report also draws attention to the fact that Showsec has worked diligently alongside the UK Crowd Management Association to develop a specific qualification for event stewarding and crowd management.

Other examples of good practice include the company conducting a number of Human Resources Forums as a means towards even better communication and the identification of any pressing issues.

Showsec has also introduced e-Briefings for a number of events to provide employees and casual workers with detailed and specialist information ahead of them reporting for duty.

“These are just some of the ways in which we’ve endeavoured to improve our product over the past year,” concluded Harding, “but just as significant is the fact that there were no improvement needs identified in the report. That’s an extremely rare occurrence in this process and reflects the extent to which we’ve gone to make improvements across the board.”

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