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Securitas celebrates success in regional stages of BSIA’s Security Personnel Awards 2018

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has announced the regional winners of its Security Personnel Awards for 2018, and Securitas is delighted to have winners in three categories. The awards recognise the talent, dedication, skill and bravery exhibited by security personnel in their roles.

Security personnel are recognised in five categories: Service to the Customer, Outstanding Act, Best Use of Technology, Best Team and Best Newcomer.

Securitas officers Ramraj Sooknanan and Matt Bolger have been successful in the Service to the Customer category. Sooknanan has worked at his client site for 24 years, demonstrating true dedication to his role and responsibilities. Bolger started work on his client site in 2014, and his professionalism has seen him progress quickly and establish himself as a key part of the security team.

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Ramraj Sooknanan

Samantha Golding, service delivery manager, has received the Best Newcomer Award. Starting as a relief officer in 2017, Golding’s integrity and commitment has seen her promoted from officer to service delivery manager in a short space of time.

Alison Ridge and David Prosser have been recognised in the category of Outstanding Act. The pair administered life-saving CPR, including by using a defibrillator, to an individual who had collapsed on-site. Their timely actions proved vital as they waited for the Emergency Services to attend the scene.

James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA, said: “It’s important that we recognise the true value of security personnel. They are often the first responders in times of emergency and play a vital role in keeping the public safe. This year’s Security Personnel Awards regional winners are testament to the truly high calibre of personnel we have working within our industry.”

Grainne Kelly, Human Resources director and also Operations Centre director at Securitas, commented: “At Securitas, people are at the heart of our protective services. Our officers in particular are the backbone of the security we deliver. They face a more challenging security environment than ever before. It’s fantastic to see Ramraj, Matt, Samantha, Alison and David recognised by the BSIA for their vigilance and dedication.”

All regional winners now progress to the national finals stage of the British Security Awards, to be held in London on 11 July in conjunction with the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon.

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Securitas to guard major crime scenes for Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police has signed a contract with Securitas for the security solutions specialist to provide a dedicated service guarding major crime scenes in Wiltshire. The contract is effective immediately.

“Protecting the scene of a major crime is an integral part of an investigation, ensuring that evidence isn’t disrupted, destroyed or contaminated,” said T/DCI Jeremy Carter from the Brunel Crime Investigation Team.

“It’s important for the senior investigating officer in the Major Crime Investigation Team to know that Securitas will respond immediately when called upon, and that its security officers are capable of securing a crime scene very quickly anywhere within Wiltshire.”

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Carter added: “By outsourcing the guarding function, we’re able to release police officers from that work to front line policing and, in turn, reduce costs.”

Contracting out the guarding of major crime scenes has been tried and tested by all other forces in the South West, where such a move has been found to be a highly effective way of securing evidence and preventing contamination or interference at the scenes of crimes. It’s likely that the service will only be used when there’s a need for protracted guarding solutions.

Concentration on primary roles

Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Mike Veale said: “We regularly review our services to make sure that we offer the best value for money for the public. This contract will free officers to concentrate on their primary roles rather than guarding. There are no ongoing costs to Wiltshire Police other than the actual use of the service when attending a crime scene.”

Securitas’ security officers are vetted and appropriately trained to high standards. They can be clearly identified at crime scenes by their Securitas branded uniforms.

“Modern day policing requires a different approach, as the pressure to more effectively manage costs and resources must be balanced against increasing levels of threat and incidents that require police forces to be at their optimum strength,” said Michael Clancy, chief commercial officer and executive lead for UK policing at Securitas UK.

“Adopting a partnership approach with Wiltshire Police, our crime scene guarding service can quickly provide fully and specifically trained, accredited and professional protective services officers to maintain the critical security of a crime scene. Thanks to this solution, Wiltshire Police has been able to release its police officers back to valuable front line policing duties at a significantly reduced cost and while maintaining the high standards expected of the police service.”

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Happy New Year as Securitas goes on parade with the London Fire Brigade

 

Securitas helped the London Fire Brigade (LFB) kick off the latter’s celebrations for its 150th Anniversary by sponsoring the organisation’s appearance at London’s New Year’s Day Parade.

New Year’s Day 2016 represents the start of the LFB’s year-long celebration marking the organisation’s anniversary.

The event saw over 50 members of the LFB join more than 8,500 performers in the annual parade through central London.

SecuritasCityofLondonParade2016Serving officers, fire cadets and retired firefighters walked alongside an array of LFB vehicles, past and present, including a brand new 17-seater minibus used by the Brigade’s young fire cadets. This has been donated by Securitas.

Securitas’ Chief Operating Officer Shaun Kennedy told Risk UK: “The event on Friday 1 January was great fun. It has been an honour to support the Brigade and the fire cadets as they kick off the 150th Anniversary celebrations.”

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson explained: “Friday 1 January marked a very special day in the history of London’s fire service. Londoners have a great affection and trust in the Brigade, and that’s largely down to the huge professionalism exhibited on a continual basis by firefighters past and present.”

Dobson added: “While rescue is at the heart of the service, we have also had incredible success with our preventative work. Fire episodes are now at their lowest levels since 1966, and we will continue to increase awareness of fire safety through our proactive work to keep London safer than ever before.”

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*For more information on the LFB’s forthcoming anniversary celebrations visit: http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/150-events.asp

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Securitas set to showcase growing range of emergency and fire safety solutions at the Emergency Services Show 2015

Securitas is set to showcase its growing range of emergency and fire safety solutions at the Emergency Services Show, which runs at the NEC in Birmingham on 23-24 September.

With over 400 exhibitors and 5,500 visitors attending last year, the Emergency Services Show is one of the UK’s leading events for professionals involved in emergency planning, response and recovery both here in the UK and abroad.

Securitas’ specialists within the sector will be on hand to discuss a range of fire safety and emergency services including emergency fire crew capability, airfield rescue, firefighting contingency, fire risk assessment, fire training, police support, crime scene guarding, major public event support and canine services as well as related technologies.

Paul Rankin of Securitas

Paul Rankin of Securitas

Paul Rankin, director of fire and safety services at Securitas, told Risk UK: “The Emergency Services Show provides a great opportunity for us to showcase our capabilities and competencies designed to support the industry and also highlight our growing range of tailored services. It’s a great opportunity for us to communicate Securitas’ future strategy which will assist in the development of our Emergency and Fire Safety Services Division.”

Securitas boasts an excellent working relationship with the police and other emergency services across the UK, holding contracts with various local police services as well as national agencies including the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

*The Securitas Emergency and Fire Safety Services Team will be available on Stand L38. Further information is available online at: http://www.emergencyuk.com

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Securitas to host inaugural ASIS UK Enterprise Risk Management Northern Seminar

Securitas has been announced as the main sponsor and organiser for the inaugural ASIS UK Enterprise Risk Management Northern Seminar.

The seminar, which will take place at the University of Leeds on Thursday 9 April 2015, will afford delegates an understanding of how organisations can use Enterprise Risk Management to deliver their security and risk-related services.

Speakers on the day will include Neil Gammon (head of physical security at Sky) who will give an insight into managing enterprise risk within a creative media organisation and Dr Kevin Macnish, teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds. Macnish is to deliver a talk on how risk may be managed from an ethical perspective.

Securitas’ Gail Pinkerton, account director on the Workman contract, will present delegates with a Case Study on security risk management within a business environment, duly explaining how Securitas works alongside the property management and building consultancy to minimise and mitigate risk.

Dr Peter Speight CSyP: director of security risk management at Securitas

Dr Peter Speight CSyP: director of security risk management at Securitas

Speaking about the event, Dr Peter Speight CSyP (director of security risk management at Securitas, an ASIS UK member and recently elected UK Chapter Secretary) told Risk UK: “We’re very much looking forward to this event and we’re delighted that nearly 100 delegates have registered. Enterprise risk management is such a focused area for risk and security professionals. Indeed, the interest in this event has given us the confidence to look into hosting even more in the future.”

​ASIS International is one of the leading organisations for security professionals with more than 38,000 members worldwide, all of whom are involved in the protection of people, property and assets.

Founded in 1955, the organisation is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programmes and materials that address broad security interests.

The seminar begins at 1.30 pm and there will be drinks, canapés and networking opportunities from 6.00 pm. Those interested in attending should contact the ASIS UK Office either by telephone (01494 488599) or e-mail: info@asis.org.uk

Securitas awarded ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management accreditation

Securitas is also pleased to announce it has been awarded the ISO 27001: 2013 Information Security Management standard, demonstrating the company’s firm commitment to providing the highest quality of service to its customers.

ISO 27001 is an internationally-recognised certification developed as a Best Practice standard which enables organisations to formalise and verify that risks are properly identified and managed. It also demonstrates to customers and stakeholders alike that the security of their information is taken seriously.

David Barlow of Securitas

David Barlow of Securitas

David Barlow, business standards and risk manager at Securitas, said: “In 2014, we completed an internal review of the whole of our UK security operations and realised we needed to concentrate on improving our data protection policies if we were to seriously advance in the security solutions aspect of the industry.”

Securitas duly sought the services of UKAS quality and compliance auditing body ALCUMUS, and soon realised that accreditation to ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management would be required in order to satisfy the needs of both the security services and security solutions sectors.

In June last year, a member of the business standards team was appointed as project manager to concentrate on key areas which included the communications centre, ALCUMUS, environmental Health and Safety, the standards department, screening, finance, the Alarm Response Centre and the Help Desk function.

Following a period of internal and external audits and the creation of the Information Security Management System, all information – either printed or written on paper, stored electronically, transmitted by post or using electronic means, shown on films or spoken in conversation – is now handled and stored in a secure manner.

All assets, either physical or electronic, are also risk assessed and suitable control measures taken to ensure the security of these assets.

Subsequently, the ISO 27001:2013 accreditation has now been awarded in respect of Securitas’ UK operations in Birmingham, Wellingborough, Milton Keynes and Uxbridge.

Barlow concluded: “This accreditation demonstrates to our customers that we take all aspects of IT and data security very seriously indeed. I believe that not only will it be of great benefit in winning new clients but will also help us to retain our existing ones. I’m fully confident Securitas will be reaping the rewards of all this hard work in the months to come. “

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Intrepid Integritas to tackle Three Peaks Challenge for Perennial

Employees from Integritas Landscapes, part of the Securitas group, are to take up the Three Peaks Challenge this spring, conquering the UK’s three highest mountains in just 24 hours.

The 26-strong team, who will begin their journey at the base of Ben Nevis on 22 May, are taking up the challenge to raise a total of £10,000 for Perennial, the UK’s only charity supporting all horticulturists in times of need.

Perennial is a national charity that steps in when the going gets tough for horticulturists facing challenges caused by ill health, accident, financial hardship, redundancy, bereavement or even the challenges of retirement.

Whether currently working in the industry, or retired from it, Perennial provides free, confidential advice, support and financial assistance not only to horticulturists but also to their dependent family.

Members of the Intrepid Integritas Three Peaks Challenge Team

Members of the Intrepid Integritas Three Peaks Challenge Team

David Taylor, regional manager at Integritas, explained: “I was already familiar with the great work Perennial does for those in the industry who need their help and I had been speaking with them to see how Integritas Landscapes could support them. After talking with our employees it was clear that an adventure-based challenge was very popular. Not only is this a great opportunity for us to support our industry’s charity, but it also gives us the chance to bring together managers, supervisors and operatives from all over the UK to work together as a team.”

Taylor added: “Perennial’s work depends entirely on voluntary donations from the horticultural industry and the garden-loving public. I know this is going to be really hard work, but I hope people will get behind us and show their support for this very worthy cause.”

The National Three Peaks Challenge is an event in which participants attempt to climb the highest mountains of Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon) within a 24-hour period and includes travelling to each location. The team will complete the challenge at the base of Snowdon on the 23 May.

Kate O’Shea, development manager at Perennial, said: “We were absolutely delighted when David suggested raising funds for us in this way. It’s a really tough challenge event, but I think those who work in this industry tend to be very tough and resilient. It’s great that Integritas want to raise funds to help their colleagues in the industry.”

O’Shea continued: “We have seen a steady rise in clients over the past few years, and we are also seeing clients presenting with increasingly complex and challenging problems. There’s no doubt that he funds raised by this event will make a big difference. I hope people will dig deep and show their support for this fantastic team and for Perennial.”

*Anyone wishing to support the team can donate by visiting the Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/Integritas-Landscapes/

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Team Securitas fully embraces iconic British 10K London Run set for July

On Sunday 12 July 2015, the British 10k London Run will be staged on the world’s greatest road race route through the heart of central London. The 15th Anniversary run will showcase a new route, taking in even more of London’s iconic and truly world-class landmarks and streets. 

Securitas is delighted to be involved in this fantastic event in more ways than one. Not only will the global security giant be providing over 200 stewards to ensure that the event is a safe and enjoyable one for competitors and spectators alike, but a team of dedicated employees will also be taking part.

This year, the Securitas running team has chosen to raise funding for the national charity Embrace. The charity works tirelessly throughout the UK to support those children affected by serious crime through its range of practical, emotional and specialist services. Its excellent work involves children and young people who have suffered directly from abuse and child cruelty.

Anne Campbell, CEO at Embrace said: “We’re delighted the Securitas team will be donning our colours and running to help young victims of crime. All-too-often we see the devastating effects of crime on our younger members of society and we’re determined to do everything we possibly can to help them on the road to recovery – whatever that may take.”

The Securitas British 10K London Run Team from 2014, who ran in aid of Help for Heroes

The Securitas British 10K London Run Team from 2014, who ran in aid of Help for Heroes

As a company, Securitas’ mission is to ‘protect homes, workplaces and the community’ and it’s through this passion and dedication that the business has committed to paying the application fee for any Securitas employee wishing to join the running team.

Securitas Country President Brian Riis Nielsen explained: “I’m really proud to take part and to support Embrace, one of Securitas’ chosen national charities. It’s through coming together that we will really begin to make an impact on the children of Embrace and the wider communities.”

*To find out more about the brilliant work carried out by Embrace to help children and young people affected by serious crime visit: http://www.embracecvoc.org.uk/

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