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ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions produces Design Manual for risk and security professionals

ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, has provided professionals working on a host of healthcare and education projects with a Design Manual to manage security and door hardware maintenance. 

The Design Manual is a document that provides facilities managers and security professionals with an inventory of hardware on doors throughout buildings.

Offering a door-by-door breakdown of products ensures that specifiers, contractors and facilities managers alike are all easily able to gain access to product information to ensure that all hardware is uniform and meets the latest legislation and standards.

Loughborough University, the University of Edinburgh and BMI Healthcare are just some of the organisations currently benefiting from the ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions Design Manual.

Loughborough University Entrance Signs.

Loughborough University is benefiting from the use of an ASSA ABLOY Design Manual

One of the biggest benefits of an ASSA ABLOY Design Manual is the enhanced performance guarantee that’s awarded to every project for purchasing the complete ASSA ABLOY solution. This provides the end user customer with complete peace of mind on the reliability and longevity of ASSA ABLOY products.

Paul Johnson, commercial manager at ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said: “We work extensively with end user management teams to develop Design Manuals that ensure security systems, access control and door hardware are consistent across whole organisations, whether it be university campuses, hospitals or commercial buildings.”

Johnson continued: “Having a Design Manual ensures that end users receive the quality solutions they require, rather than cost-saving products that may sometimes be installed during design and build projects, but may not be of a high enough standard for continual application.”

Phil Sheppard from Loughborough University commented: “ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions reviewed the buildings around our campus to gain an understanding of our existing security systems. This enabled them to tailor security solutions that would provide better whole life costing for the university through providing quality products that reduce our maintenance, repair and replacement expenditures.”

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Andy Bowers wins The Security Institute’s coveted 2014 Wilf Knight Award

Now in its sixth year, The Security Institute’s prestigious Wilf Knight Award is presented in recognition of a unique piece of research into a security management-based subject. In 2014, the proud winner of this highly sought-after accolade is Andy Bowers, who receives a glass engraved trophy and a cheque for £500.

Bowers has served for 28 years in the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and is currently the Assistant Chief Officer – Head of Community Response, a role affording him responsibility for all emergency response activities. This includes the most common areas of fire-fighting and road traffic collisions as well as specialist teams such as Urban Search and Rescue, Water Rescue, Maritime Response and Hazardous Materials.

Bowers completed national work for the Chief Fire Officers Association on the subject of operational assurance before becoming involved with the national Incident Command project. He was also one of the founder members of the South East Ways of Working Project which then developed into the Collaborative Partnership (and will now become part of a suite of national guidance documents in the near future).

Bowers holds a Masters in Business from the University of Portsmouth and is currently studying for an MSc in Crisis and Disaster Management.

Nominated by Dr Sara Thorne for the Wilf Knight Award, Bowers’ dissertation entitled: ‘Improving Tactical Decision-Making for Crisis and Disaster Responders’ focuses on the response and emergency life-saving element of crisis and disaster management. By considering the role of the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (and, specifically, assessing its incident command processes), this research investigates a means of improving command decision-making by first responders at emergency incidents.

Left to Right: Garry Evanson CSyP, Andy Bowers and Patricia Knight

Left to Right: Garry Evanson CSyP, Andy Bowers and Patricia Knight

Critical area of security and risk management

The 2014 Judging Panel – whose cohort included Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, the Editor of Risk UK – felt that Bowers’ winning paper addresses a critical area of security and risk management. The document demonstrates thorough research and a well-presented argument on decision-making for emergency responders with an extremely usable recommendation particularly for the Fire and Rescue Services.

Bowers’ insightful and original approach “could lead to great practical improvements” in terms of how our emergency services deal with incidents from the outset.

Patricia Knight (Wilf Knight’s widow) and Garry Evanson CSyP, deputy chairman of The Security Institute, recently presented Bowers with his award. Evanson commented: “I’d like to offer my congratulations to Andy who’s a very worthy winner. This award is always hotly contested and it’s a real achievement to win it. I think there’s much that we can all learn as a result of Andy’s diligent and detailed work.”

Richard Diston was runner-up with his paper entitled: ‘Does the mandatory training for managing work-related violence and the use of force for front line security staff actually protect stakeholders from harm or create additional risks?’ Diston was nominated by Danie Adendorff of Loughborough University.

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2014 Imbert Prize winners announced by the Association of Security Consultants

The Association of Security Consultants held its Annual Luncheon on Thursday 26 June. The winners of the 2014 Imbert Prizes were announced at the event, which was held in central London at the Royal Air Force Club, Piccadilly.

To its great credit, the Board of the Association of Security Consultants (ASC) continually seeks to encourage the development of ideas for the advancement of risk and security management in the UK.

One of the ways in which this excellent ethos manifests itself is by way of an annual prize – the hugely prestigious Imbert Prize.

Named after one of the Association’s Patrons – Lord Peter Imbert CVO QPM JP, former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service and Lord Lieutenant of Greater London – the Imbert Prize always consists of three separate awards. These are the University Dissertation Award, the Security Associations Award and the ASC Award.

The University Dissertation Award

Each year, an award of £1,000 is bestowed for a selected dissertation submitted by an academic institution. Cranfield, Leicester, Loughborough and Portsmouth Universities are each invited to submit a dissertation produced by one of their students – a dissertation relevant to the discipline of consultancy in the security profession.

The Judging Panel (which, in 2014, included Mike Bluestone CSyP, immediate past-chairman of The Security Institute among its cohort) is appointed by the ASC’s chairman and Board.

All Judging Panel members are independent of any of the institutions submitting dissertations.

2014 Winner

The winner in 2014 is Lt Col Paul Easter (Cranfield University) for his dissertation entitled: ‘Jihadist Use of Technology: 1998-2013’.

Runners-Up

In 2014, the runners-up are Andrew Bates (University of Leicester): ‘Whistleblowing in the Private Security Industry – Factors That Influence The Reporting of Wrongdoing’, Stuart Senior (Loughborough University): ‘Mine Action Industry: Is There A Case for a New Approach to Security When Working In Current or Post-Conflict Zones’ and Stephen Green (University of Portsmouth): ‘An Investigation of Current Security Technology Procurement Paradigms and Subsequent Effects on Perceived Efficacy’.

The Security Associations Award

This element of the Imbert Prize is awarded to the person deemed to have made the most notable contribution to the security sector in the preceding 12 months.

Nominations are received each year from The Security Institute, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the International Professional Security Association (IPSA) and ASIS International’s UK Chapter.

2014 Winner

The winner for 2014 is Peter Finch CSyP CPP FSyI FCMI FInstLM, former head of security at the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust and now security manager at the Coventry Building Society.

ASIS Nominee: Adrian Leppard (Commissioner, City of London Police)
BSIA Nominee: Andrew Rennison (former UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner)
IPSA Nominee: Geoff Tate (CEO, Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board)

The ASC Award

This award is bestowed upon the ASC member who has made the most significant contribution to independent security consultancy in the preceding year. The nominee is put forward by the ASC, as adjudged by the ASC Award Panel.

2014 Winner

The winner in 2014 is Joe Connell (director, Praemunitus Intelligence and Risk Consultants Ltd)

*Long-standing ASC member and founding director Nigel Flower was also named an Honorary Life President of the ASC

**The Keynote Address was given by Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach KCB CBE ADC BA MPhil DTech DLitt FRAes RAF, Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff

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Griffin Security Solutions offers Higher Certificate in Security Risk Management

Griffin Security Solutions is offering an externally accredited and approved Masters level course – the Higher Certificate in Security Risk Management – which features a combination of blended learning and an online programme with tutor support throughout.

While the Griffin course is a recognised qualification in its own right, it’s also complementary and specifically designed to help prepare students for the rigours of undertaking study at the highest level.

The programme of education provides a pathway – and guaranteed entry – for successful students to join the post-graduate security management study programme run by Loughborough University, eventually leading to the award of an MSc in Security Management.

Pre-requisites for attending the new Griffin Security course are a Certificate/Diploma in Security Management, a CPP/PSP/Level 5 course in a related discipline or at least five years’ experience at a middle/senior security management level.

Allan Hildage: CEO at the Griffin Security Group and chairman of the ASC

Allan Hildage: CEO at the Griffin Security Group and chairman of the ASC

What the course covers

The course covers in-depth study of academic writing/research skills, an introduction to security and security management, risk and risk assessments, crime reduction through environmental design, security surveying, physical and electronic security systems, security project management, the principles of law, corporate security, cost benefit analyses, business communication, business continuity management, crisis management and disaster recovery, supply chain security, information security management, maritime and aviation security, counter-terrorism, retail security and conflict management.

In terms of course format and assessment, the initial commitment runs to 40 hours of classroom-based teaching followed by a further 160 hours of personal study. This will ensure the 4,000-word assignment that needs to be produced by candidates absolutely meets the required academic standards.

The classroom experience will focus on the core aspects of security risk management together with the crucial dimensions of academic essay writing and research techniques.

Why take the course?

This new course is recognised as a valuable stepping stone for all those individuals seeking to return to professional academic study at the highest level. Put simply, it provides:

• a Higher Certificate in Security Risk Management – Level 7 professional qualification (+20 university prior-learning credits at Level 7)
• the opportunity to properly prepare for the full university programme while gaining a formal and recognised professional qualification
• guaranteed acceptance on to the Loughborough University post-graduate security management study programme for all successful Griffin students

The introductory phase of the course is held at Griffin Security’s Training Centre, which is located at Balderton Hall in Nottinghamshire.

Early registrations are being offered at a discounted rate of £1,495 +VAT (the normal fee is £1,995).

For further details contact Nikki Ashe on (tel) 01636 643915, or send an e-mail to: nikki.ashe@griffin-group.co.uk

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