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Valerie Dale joins Securitas as Human Resources director

Securitas has announced the appointment of Valerie Dale as the company’s new Human Resources director who will support the business in achieving its strategies for growth and commercial success.

Dale joins Securitas from G4S Secure Solutions (UK) and brings over 20 years’ Human Resources (HR) experience to the role, 14 of which have been spent in HR management positions.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Dale will be responsible for the overall HR strategy at the company. Having worked in the security sector for over six years now, Dale has helped to develop industry standards.

Valerie Dale: HR director at Securitas

Valerie Dale: HR director at Securitas

Speaking about the appointment, Brian Riis Nielsen (Country President at Securitas and managing director for the UK and Ireland operation) said: “We’re really pleased to have Valerie on board. She will be a key service provider and, along with her team, will consistently support the business to attract, retain, motivate and develop our people such that they can achieve their maximum potential and provide an exceptional service to our customers.”

Autonomy, accountability and innovation for employees

Dale herself commented: “Securitas has a very well respected reputation in the industry and, following his success in Denmark, Brian’s appointment means that we have a clear security solutions strategy and a structure that enables autonomy, accountability and innovation for our employees to deliver that strategy.”

Dale continued: “We’re hoping to expand on the company’s already well-established training and development programmes and ensure an overall HR strategy that’s in tune with the business’ philosophy. We’ll also continue to work closely with industry bodies such as the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), Skills for Security and the Security Industry Authority.”

In a pro bono capacity, Valerie Dale is the vice chair of the BSIA’s HR Committee, a non-executive Board director at Skills for Security and the chair for its Security Guarding Sector Consultation Group.

“I’m really looking forward to being a key part of making Securitas successful through its people, systems and processes,” concluded Dale. “There are lots of initiatives in all three areas that we can implement in order to achieve this.”

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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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G4S wins major UK security contract with Bank of America Merrill Lynch

G4S has won the contract to provide security solutions to Bank of America Merrill Lynch operations in the United Kingdom.

From December this year, the three-year contract will see over 200 officers from G4S Secure Solutions (UK) secure six key sites for the Bank in a move that will form one of the company’s largest commercial UK contracts.

Under the contract, G4S employees will provide reception security, access control solutions, patrolling, administration functions, CCTV operation/systems, intelligence and risk management at the six sites across the UK and Ireland, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s headquarters at King Edward Street, London.

G4S’ contract with Bank of America is another addition to the growing partnership between the two companies. G4S currently provides security solutions to over 3,000 Bank of America branches across the United States and facilities across the world.

The deal will also see G4S provide sophisticated technology-based security solutions to the Bank, including handheld devices for G4S officers providing intelligence, reporting and monitoring.

Technology-enabled operations will include reporting procedures harmonised between the UK and the US leading to a single global standard for the Bank.

Doug Hewitson: group managing director at G4S Secure Solutions (UK)

Doug Hewitson: group managing director at G4S Secure Solutions (UK)

Industry-leading security solutions

Doug Hewitson, the group managing director at G4S Secure Solutions, said: “This is a key strategic contract win for G4S in the UK and Ireland. Our officers will hit the ground running with the provision of industry-leading security solutions to Bank of America. Building on our ethos of partnership working, we look forward to beginning the contract later this year, which includes the delivery of technology-enabled officers as part of our complex security offering.”

G4S Secure Solutions (UK) employs more than 24,000 people throughout the UK, working with a wide range of public sector and commercial clients including 59 FTSE 100 companies.

The company provides specialist security solutions to over 6,000 customers across a range of sectors including Government, the utilities, financial institutions, leisure and tourism companies and transport bodies.

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G4S combines business capabilities to create Fire & Security Systems (UK)

G4S Technology (UK), G4S Fire Security and G4S Monitoring Services have combined their capabilities and begun the transition towards becoming G4S Fire & Security Systems (UK) – part of G4S Secure Solutions (UK), the nation’s largest provider of security solutions.

G4S Fire & Security Systems (UK) is a leading integrator of fire and security solutions with a fully accredited 24 x 7 monitoring centre, providing diverse capabilities underpinned by a determination to continually deliver excellence in customer service.

G4S Technology's UK headquarters

G4S Technology’s UK headquarters

Barry Byrne, the managing director of G4S Fire & Security Systems (UK), commented: “At G4S we recognise that customers are increasingly demanding a single point of contact for their life safety and building security requirements in order to maximise efficiencies and reduce costs. By combining the strong capabilities of G4S Technology (UK), G4S Fire Security and G4S Monitoring Services to create a single entity, we’re now well positioned to deliver this to our customers and the wider security and life safety technologies marketplace.”

Byrne added: “The creation of this systems house will further expand the host of solutions we currently support. The move allows us to offer our customers an even wider choice of systems such that they can meet their fire and building security needs in the most efficient and cost-effective way.”

The transition process is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

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