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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
Show and Event Security
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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SecuriGroup Forum focuses on the future for regulation

On Wednesday 24 July, SecuriGroup – the Glasgow-based security solutions provider – held a Forum at which Baroness Ruth Henig CBE gave a timely speech on the future landscape for regulation.

As a company, SecuriGroup has always been at the forefront of the regulatory agenda and, in 2009, won the ACS Champion of the Year category at the Security Excellence Awards.

Only recently, chairman John Malcolm QPM and managing director Russel Kerr asked Baroness Ruth Henig CBE – former chairman of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) – to join the Board, and it was in her capacity as a Board director that the Baroness addressed a gathering of company representatives and key customers at SecuriGroup’s Bath Street headquarters in Glasgow.

Baroness Ruth Henig CBE: now working with SecuriGroup

Baroness Ruth Henig CBE: now working with SecuriGroup

The Baroness began her address on the future roadmap for private sector security regulation by stating that SecuriGroup “embraces all of the values” the Regulator wants to see in security companies. The Baroness also expressed delight that SecuriGroup is progressing extremely well with its business not just north of the border but also in the South East of England.

Of course, licensing via the SIA was first introduced in Scotland back in 2007, and the remit then was really all about licensing the individual. “To be really effective, though,” stated the Baroness, “licensing needs to be focused on businesses.” This, of course, is why the next phase of regulation – the ‘new regulatory regime’ that has still to emerge – will do just that.

SecuriGroup's chairman John Malcolm QPM

SecuriGroup’s chairman John Malcolm QPM

With over 800 responses received to the recent consultation on the future for regulation, the Government has promised further legislation with a slated appearance of this coming October. When that legislation does appear, Baroness Henig is adamant that we’ll need to “see sanctions and penalties for those companies who don’t co-operate” [with the new rules].

Reflecting on proposed regulatory change in the security sector, the Baroness continued: “Companies like SecuriGroup will have everything to gain and nothing to lose as a result of the forthcoming changes. It will now be much easier to crackdown on non-conformant companies.”

In terms of how top end security companies like SecuriGroup might be able to differentiate themselves under the new regime, there has of course been talk of a Hallmark-style scheme being introduced. “This is going to be an important area for development over the next few months,” commented the Baroness.

Russel Kerr: managing director at SecuriGroup

Russel Kerr: managing director at SecuriGroup

Experience of policing and security

Baroness Henig CBE is particularly well qualified to advise SecuriGroup and its customer base on the future regulation roadmap. Chairman of the Lancashire Police Authority from 1995-2005, the Baroness also served as chairman of the Association of Police Authorities between 1997-2005, eventually becoming president.

The Baroness was a member of the National Criminal Justice Board from 2003-2005, receiving her CBE from Her Majesty The Queen in 2000 for services to policing.

Made a Life Peer in 2004 by (then) Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Baroness was appointed chairman of the Security Industry Authority in 2006, and served in that role for six years.

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