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Security partnerships “delivering savings to the police service”

Continued partnership working between the police service and the UK’s private sector security companies has helped forces across the country reduce costs in the face of public sector budget cuts.

In a report published earlier this week by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), police forces’ responses to budget cuts were praised, while concerns have been raised around the impact on neighbourhood policing.

Responding to the HMIC document, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) – the Trade Association representing the UK’s private security industry – is reinforcing the important role played by security companies in delivering cost savings to forces across the country.

Since 2011, police forces have had to find £2.5 billion worth of cuts, while the central Government funding grant for police forces in England and Wales was reduced by 20%. Rising to the challenge, forces’ response to these cuts has been rated either ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ in the HMIC report.

Continued partnership working between the police and private security firms has helped forces across the country reduce costs in the face of public sector budget cuts

Continued partnership working between the police and private security firms has helped forces across the country reduce costs in the face of public sector budget cuts

Providing support services and performing back office functions are key ways in which private sector security companies help to drive efficiencies by freeing-up warranted police officers to return to front line duties. HMIC’s report highlights a projected reduction in the police workforce of up to 34,000 by March 2015, by which time there will also be 8,500 fewer front line police officers. Despite this, efficiency is on the rise, with the proportion of police officers in front line roles set to increase from 89% to 92%.

Zoe Billingham – Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary – commented: “It’s not easy to provide the high quality police service that the public rightly demands with far less money. Forces have had to change how they do their business. The best of them understand their demand in a sophisticated way and target their resources well, working with local public sector organisations to reduce crime and collaborate with other partners to cut costs.”

Indeed, many members of the BSIA already collaborate with police forces to provide a range of services, from victim support provided by personal safety devices through to ‘street-to-suite’ custodial services (the latter have been proven to save 350 hours of front line police time across an eight-week trial period).

Concerns over neighbourhood policing

Meanwhile, concerns over neighbourhood policing are also allayed by private security involvement. One member of the BSIA has supported the police in driving down anti-social behaviour by conducting park patrols in Manchester, for example, while another member company provides additional support for the police service in one of London’s busiest shopping destinations, namely Carnaby Street.

Most recently, seven BSIA member companies were selected to support the policing function at this month’s Commonwealth Games, which is now underway to great acclaim in Glasgow.

Encouraging more police forces to consider further engagement with private security firms is key to enabling those forces to meet the ongoing demands they face in light of budget cuts.

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

BSIA CEO James Kelly stated: “It’s not about creating a privatised police force, as many opponents of partnership working would have us believe. In contrast, this is a case of private industry taking on support functions to aid the police in delivering the Government’s programme of reform.”

Kelly continued: “The security industry already contributes significantly when it comes to assisting the police and emergency services if called upon to do so. Through its dedicated public affairs programme, the BSIA will continue to engage with police forces, Police and Crime Commissioners and Parliamentarians in order to ensure that political thinking remains open to this diverse and innovative approach.”

Robbie Calder – chairman of the BSIA’s dedicated Police and Public Services Section – said: “Police reform simply cannot be delivered without the support of private sector security companies. Many of the core aims of police forces would be difficult to achieve without outsourcing at least some support functions to the domain of the private sector.”

To find out more about the BSIA and its Police and Public Services Section visit: http://www.bsia.co.uk/police-and-public-services

The HMIC’s report, entitled ‘Policing in Austerity: Meeting the Challenge’ can be viewed online: http://www.hmic.gov.uk/publication/policing-in-austerity-meeting-the-challenge/

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The Security Institute Scottish Members’ Event (Glasgow, 4.6.2014)

Following on from what was a hugely successful gathering in 2012, The Security Institute is returning to Scotland for another special Members’ Event to be held at The Blythswood Square Hotel in central Glasgow on the afternoon of 4 June 2014.

With both the XX Commonwealth Games and The Ryder Cup tournament taking place in Scotland this year, the necessity for robust and effective security planning by businesses north of the border is firmly in the spotlight.

That being the case, The Security Institute has put together a fantastic line-up of speakers who’ll be airing their views at Glasgow’s Blythswood Square Hotel from 3.00 pm through until 5.00 pm (after which time there’ll be a drinks reception and networking opportunities for all attendees).

The Security Institute is looking forward to another successful gathering in Scotland

The Security Institute is looking forward to another successful gathering in Scotland

Timetable for the event

The timetable for the event – which is sponsored by local company SecuriGroup (www.securigroup.co.uk) – is as follows:

2.30 pm: Registration/Tea and Coffee
2.50 pm: Introductions (John Malcolm QPM, Chairman, SecuriGroup)
2.55 pm: Welcoming Address (Andrew Nicholls MSyI, Membership Director, The Security Institute)
3.00 pm: Developments at The Security Institute (Emma Shaw CSyP FSyl FCMI MBA, Chairman, The Security Institute)
3.20 pm: The Insider Threat (David BaMaung CSyP CTSA, Police Scotland)
3.40 pm: Managing Security Projects (Brian McNeill MSyI, Managing Director, Systechnica)
4.00 pm: Setting Up CSSC Scotland (Johanna Buchanan MSyI, Project Manager, CSSC)
4.20 pm: Hostage Taking (Andrew Brown FSyI, Associate Lecturer, Robert Gordon University)
4.40 pm: Opportunities (Bernard Higgins, Assistant Chief Constable, Police Scotland)
5.00 pm: Closing Statements

The Security Institute's chairman Emma Shaw CSyP FSyl is speaking at the Glasgow gathering

The Security Institute’s chairman Emma Shaw CSyP FSyl is speaking at the Glasgow gathering

How to book your place

The 2012 event in Glasgow saw over 40 members and guests attend, so why not come along and meet up with both new and familiar faces?

Bookings cost just £20 per person (or £30 for two attendees if an existing Institute member is accompanied by a potential new member).

*To book your place telephone: 08453 707717.

**Alternatively, to book online access The Security Institute’s Shop via this link: http://www.security-institute-shop.org/page57.htm

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BSIA members selected to secure Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Police Scotland has today announced details of the security suppliers selected to deliver a safe and secure Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.

Following a robust and competitive tendering process examining key factors including capability and value for money, a total of 17 companies have now been contracted to deliver security and stewarding services at the event which commences next month after seven years of careful planning.

Seven of the companies selected to secure the Games are members of the British Security Industry Association:

Private contract security and stewarding only
SecuriGroup Services Ltd
Show and Event Security Ltd
The Protector Group

Private contract security only
Allander Security Ltd
Corps Security
Wilson James Ltd

Contract safety stewarding only
G4S Secure Solutions (UK) Ltd

These private security suppliers will work as part of what Glasgow 2014 terms an ‘integrated, multi-agency approach’ under the leadership of Police Scotland and operate alongside military personnel, the British Transport Police and officers from the Scottish Prison Service.

Several BSIA member companies will be providing security in Glasgow

Several BSIA member companies will be providing security in Glasgow

Development of security and stewarding solutions

David Leather, Chief Operating Officer at Glasgow 2014, commented: “Glasgow 2014 has been working positively and collaboratively with Police Scotland and the private security industry to develop security and stewarding solutions which will play a key role in delivering a safe and secure Commonwealth Games in less than two months’ time.”

Leather continued: “We recognise and value the important role private security suppliers have to play. We are delighted to have created the opportunity for a wide range of security providers to contribute to delivering a safe and enjoyable Games experience for athletes, officials and spectators under the guidance of Police Scotland.”

In addition, Leather explained: “We are applying a level of scrutiny that is unprecedented in the provision of a contractor security and stewarding workforce. That means the progress of every contractor towards the successful delivery of their commitments is fully transparent and there is accountability every step of the way. Glasgow 2014, Games Partners, Skills Development Scotland and colleges across Scotland are also pleased to be creating training and job opportunities in the security industry for hundreds of people which is a positive outcome for individuals, for Scotland and for the Commonwealth.”

Finally, Leather commented: “Glasgow 2014 is the biggest multi-sport event Scotland has ever hosted. It will be a special time and we want people to enjoy their experience as much as possible. We are confident that the approach being taken regarding both security and safety stewarding will play a positive role in the delivery of a safe and secure Games about which we can all be proud.”

BSIA welcomes the news

James Kelly, CEO at the BSIA, has welcomed the announcement.

“The approach taken by the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee and Police Scotland is an excellent example of a fully integrated and carefully considered approach to event security,” expressed Kelly, “which has taken into account all elements of safety and security and involved key stakeholders at each stage of the decision-making process.”

The BSIA’s leader went on to state: “The level of scrutiny applied to potential suppliers has resulted in a security and stewarding framework which is comprehensive, collaborative and fit for purpose. I’m confident that this approach will result in an enjoyable and secure event.”

BSIA CEO James Kelly

BSIA CEO James Kelly

Kelly concluded: “We are delighted that so many BSIA member companies have been selected to contribute to the security of the XX Commonwealth Games. Many of our members have a long and successful track record in partnering with the police to deliver successful security operations at large-scale events, among them the Queen’s Jubilee, the Royal Wedding and the Olympic Torch Relay as well as sporting events such as Wimbledon and the Grand National. To add the Commonwealth Games to this list will be an additional accolade of which our industry can and will be very proud.”

BSIA membership includes several dedicated sections whose members have experience in securing events. These include Crowd Management, Security Guarding, Leisure Industry Security, Police and Public Services and Specialist Services.

*For more information about the BSIA and its members visit: http://www.bsia.co.uk

**Further detail around the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games can be found at: http://www.glasgow2014.com/

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Security companies taking hands-on role in recruitment ahead of Glasgow 2014

Security companies in Scotland are raising the profile of security as a viable career choice for jobseekers in a new project launched today.

Launched via teleconference and involving over 100 participants from across Scotland, ‘Security Works: Scotland’ is a joint project between the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and Jobcentre Plus, part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The project aims to assist security recruiters by educating Jobcentre Plus staff on the wide-ranging careers available within the security sector, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that the right candidates are put forward for security roles.

Every Jobcentre in Scotland will be taking part in the two-week project, which is to consist of a series of teleconferences as well as a number of opportunities for Jobcentre Plus staff to visit BSIA member companies and witness first-hand the varied tasks that successful candidates could end up fulfilling.

Forefront of the recruitment process

Trevor Elliott, director of manpower and membership services at the BSIA, took part in today’s launch event.

“As the Trade Association representing the UK’s private security sector, the BSIA is delighted to be involved in the ‘Security Works: Scotland’ project,” explained Elliott.

“Actively engaging with Jobcentre Plus staff will place our industry at the forefront of the recruitment process. Raising awareness of the wealth of opportunities within our sector will ultimately ensure that the appropriate calibre of candidates is put forward for security roles.”

Trevor Elliott of the BSIA

Trevor Elliott of the BSIA

Robert Mckay, head of the DWP 2014 Commonwealth Games Delivery Team, added: “With the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games now less than six months away, we wanted to acknowledge the important role that security will play in making the event a success. Although specific requirements for the Commonwealth Games will be a part of this project, we also hope that ‘Security Works: Scotland’ will have a lasting legacy in forging stronger relationships between Jobcentre Plus advisors and the security companies on behalf of whom they help to recruit.”

Visits to Scottish security employers

Visits to Scottish security employers will be an important part of the learning process. Four BSIA member companies – VSG, Argyll Ltd, G4S and Securitas – will be opening their doors to Jobcentre Plus staff over the coming weeks.

Also participating in the series of teleconferences will be Palmaris Services Ltd and SecuriGroup Services Ltd.

Roger Riach, branch manager for Securitas in Edinburgh, welcomes the project as an opportunity to challenge misconceptions about the security sector.

Riach explained: “The opportunity to work with the BSIA and the DWP ‘Security Works: Scotland’ Project means that we will be able to make people aware that the industry isn’t just about recruiting at all costs and putting people out on poor contracts and in poor conditions. This has been the tarnished image of security for too long. Securitas aims to educate both future colleagues and DWP staff around the benefits of not just working for Securitas but of the industry as a whole, making them aware that security can be a career and not just a stop gap.”

Brian Newlands, regional manager – Scotland for G4S, shares a positive outlook on the future legacy of the project in attracting high quality candidates to the sector.

“As the largest employer within the private security industry in Scotland, G4S is delighted to support the BSIA ‘Security Works: Scotland’ Project. We believe that by providing Jobcentre Plus staff with an insight into the diverse and varied roles which the modern security industry has to offer, they will be better equipped to advise those looking for employment or a change of career – who perhaps may not have considered a career within the security sector – with a more informed understanding of what our sector has to offer.”

BSIA member companies with a presence in Scotland and wishing to forge closer relationships with Jobcentre Plus staff can still be involved in the project by e-mailing the BSIA’s Scottish representative, Willie Clark, at: w.clark@bsia.co.uk

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BSIA members invited to tender for Commonwealth Games security contracts

Security arrangements for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have taken a major step forward, with the event’s Organising Committee announcing a list of 19 security suppliers who have been invited to tender for a range of Games-specific security contracts.

Among the 19 companies invited to tender are eight members of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA). Their proven track record of delivering security at large-scale events will play an integral role in delivering a solution that Games organisers have planned to include a mix of police officers, private security officers, stewards and military personnel so as to cover all aspects of the security operation.

Commenting on the announcement, which was made on Monday 18 November, Police Scotland deputy chief constable Steve Allen (security director for the Commonwealth Games), said: “Glasgow 2014 will be a fantastic sporting event which we want to ensure people can enjoy from the starting blocks to the finishing line. From the time that athletes and spectators start arriving in Scotland through to the Closing Ceremony, it’s Police Scotland’s absolute priority to ensure a safe and secure Commonwealth Games.”

Allen continued: “To deliver that, Police Scotland and the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee have spent many months developing a programme through which we will work with the private security industry to deliver appropriate levels of security and stewarding staff. These staff are expected to be deployed in a range of specific, targeted locations across the footprint of the Commonwealth Games, from Games venues and accommodation to training facilities.”

He added: “19 companies have been invited to sign up to framework agreements. Police Scotland will always have the lead role and responsibility in delivering Games safety and security, with private contract security staff used in roles which do not require police officers to carry out those specific functions such as stewarding and venue and site security.”

19 security suppliers have been invited to tender for a range of 2014 Commonwealth Games-specific security contracts

19 security suppliers have been invited to tender for a range of 2014 Commonwealth Games-specific security contracts

Developing security and stewarding solutions

David Leather, Glasgow 2014’s chief operating officer, explained: “Glasgow 2014 has been working positively and collaboratively with Police Scotland and the private security industry to develop security and stewarding solutions which will play a key role in delivering a safe and secure Commonwealth Games next summer.

“We recognise and value the important role that private security suppliers have to play, and we’ve created an opportunity for a wide range of security providers to contribute to delivering a safe and enjoyable Games experience for athletes, officials and spectators alike.”

Among those companies invited to sign up to framework agreements (including both private contract security and contract safety stewarding) are the following members of the BSIA:

Allander Group
Corps Security
SecuriGroup
Show and Event Security
Showsec
The Protector Group
Wilson James
G4S Secure Solutions (UK)

James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA, commented: “Our members have a long and successful track record in partnering with the police to deliver successful private and public sector security operations. From national celebrations including the Queen’s Jubilee, Royal Wedding and Olympic Torch Relay to large-scale sporting events like Wimbledon and the Grand National, BSIA members have made significant contributions to securing them all. We look forward to welcoming the results of the procurement process and, of course, to a safe and secure Games.”

James Kelly: CEO of the BSIA

James Kelly: CEO of the BSIA

BSIA membership includes several dedicated sections whose members have experience in securing events. These include Crowd Management, Security Guarding, Leisure Industry Security, Police and Public Services and Specialist Services.

For more information about the BSIA and its members visit: http://www.bsia.co.uk

Further detail about the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games can be found at: http://www.glasgow2014.com/

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