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Linx International Group expands team with new Group marketing manager and marketing co-ordinator

Linx International Group – the global provider of security, risk management, consultancy and training services – has announced the appointment of Group marketing manager Jerry Alfandari and marketing co-ordinator Victoria Carter.

Fluent in both English and German, Alfandari has a proven track record of managing international marketing campaigns including social and digital content strategies. He’s joined by Victoria Carter, who brings expertise in social media, public relations and video production to the team.

On his appointment, Alfandari explained: “I’m excited to be part of a team that’s working with security practitioners at all levels around the world to develop and launch new courses along with innovative training methods.”

Victoria Carter and Jerry Alfandari

Victoria Carter and Jerry Alfandari

Carter added: “Training and education has always been central to my own career progression, so I’m excited to be joining a company that shares my ethos and is committed to professionalism across the security sector.”

Led by director of sales and marketing Sarah Hayward-Turton, the marketing team will promote the Linx International Group brand and the work of its companies – Tavcom Training (including the CTSP Register), PerpetuityARC Training and the Linx Consultancy.

Hayward-Turton stated: “It’s an exciting time to be part of the Linx International Group. We’re bringing new talent into the organisation, as well as nurturing and developing the skills of those that have been with us for many years.”

Alfandari and Carter are based at the Linx International Group’s Training Centre in Bishops Waltham, Hampshire.

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Protectas SA and Bosch Security Systems partner on new cloud-based monitoring services in Switzerland

Protectas SA and Bosch Security Systems are now partnering to provide remote video monitoring services to Protectas customers in Switzerland, home to two major Protectas Remote Control Centres.

Bosch cloud-based monitoring services enable Protectas to offer a vast portfolio of video monitoring services securely and cost-effectively from a centralised cloud server.

For its small- and medium-size customers, Protectas offers a highly effective ‘live intervention’ service, with IP cameras from Bosch monitoring key areas. Cameras detect suspicious behaviour and notify personnel at the Protectas Remote Control Centre. From this central location, the security operators view video, and can investigate and verify the suspicious behaviour being reported.


Through a remote audio connection, the operator notifies intruders that the police are on the way, preventing further damage.

Other vital monitoring services include video verification for indoor areas, virtual guard tours and virtual assistant, which provides immediate remote video and audio support to employees in distress with just one push of an emergency button.

The system is also designed for easy and inexpensive start-up. With only an IP camera and an Internet connection, end customers can begin using the Site Monitor App immediately for live and remote video monitoring. Benefits also include industry-specific business support services such as customer traffic reports for high-traffic retail facilities.

Fastest possible emergency response

Bosch cloud-based monitoring services and Protectas’ highly-trained operators work in synergy to ensure the fastest possible emergency response. Cloud-based alarm bundling intelligently groups related events together, significantly reducing the operator capacity needed per incident. As soon as the operator on duty initiates the alarm response process, cloud-based monitoring services displays the video operation interface, which renders a clear perspective of the situation to enable a swift and sure emergency response.

Arnaud Ducrot, CTO at Protectas, explained: “At Protectas, we’re really confident that this partnership will serve our remote guarding strategy. Including mature, efficient and cost-effective cloud services in our security solutions, especially on-site and mobile guarding, makes an important difference to our small- and medium-size customers.”

Protectas SA belongs to Securitas AB (which, incidentally, is not affiliated with the Swiss company of the same name, Securitas AG). From a broad range of services of specialised guarding, technology solutions and consulting and investigations, the business customises offerings that are suited to the individual customer’s needs in order to deliver the most effective security solutions.

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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’.


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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Corps Security and Outokumpu: a security partnership

Corps Security is working in partnership with Outokumpu, the famous stainless steel producer, to enhance on-site security provisions at its UK bases.

Sheffield is synonymous with the metal industry and was the home of British Steel. In 1992, British Steel Stainless merged with the Swedish firm, Avesta which in 2001 merged with Outokumpu, making it the third largest stainless steel producing company in the world at the time.

Outokumpu has two sites in Sheffield covering more than 50 acres in total, manufacturing stainless steel into wire rod coil which is then used in a diverse range of applications including needles and pins, springs, welding consumables, yacht rigging and medical implant components.

The larger of the Outokumpu sites in Sheffield is the home of the SMACC melting shop and the Sheffield Stainless bar finishing works, along with Europe’s largest stainless steel service and distribution centre.

The smaller of the two sites accommodates the hot rolling and acid de-scaling sites known as ASR. This site is designated a Tier One location under the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999 (COMAH), due to the degree of hazard posed to people on site and the surrounding area (which includes the Meadowhall Shopping Centre).

One of Corps Security's officers on duty at the recent conference

One of Corps Security’s officers on duty at the recent conference

“This is a massive site and maintaining its security is incredibly important due to the materials kept here and the work that takes place on a daily basis,” explained John McLean-Searle, security manager at Outokumpu.

“Having met with Salman Shamim, the business development manager at Corps Security, we invited him to submit a tender proposal to outline how he could enhance security on site.”

Tackling the TUPE process

Shamim’s recommendations were accepted and the contract was awarded in September 2012. “John and his team were pleased to hear that we attach great importance to the welfare of all our officers,” said Shamim, “and this was particularly evident during the TUPE process.”

To comply with the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 – otherwise known as TUPE – the 15 individuals that worked for the previous guarding supplier had to transfer their employment to Corps Security. While this can be a problematic process if not handled correctly, Corps Security prides itself on its ability to ensure a smooth transition and views legal compliance as a bare minimum requirement.

Adopting a policy of inclusivity, consultation and Best Practice means that Corps Security generates a motivated and engaged workforce – ultimately ensuring that high levels of productivity and service provision are maintained.

Mike Bluestone CSyP: director of security consulting at Corps Security

Mike Bluestone CSyP: director of security consulting at Corps Security

To develop the most appropriate and beneficial security operation, Shamim recommended the completion of a comprehensive risk and threat assessment. This was undertaken by Corps Security’s director of security consulting, Mike Bluestone CSyP.

“This process involved an analysis of Outokumpu’s activities, premises and facilities,” stated Bluestone, “and addressed all the risks posed to staff, visitors and customers. Vandalism, metal theft, the protection of an on-site power plant and the safety of the company’s trainline that connects to the mainline rail network were just a few of the issues that had to be addressed. Once I’d finished this process I presented my recommendations, which are now being rolled out.”

Among their other duties, Corps Security’s officers are responsible for the radiation scanning of any trucks entering the site – an important process that can stop harmful contaminants from accessing the production chain.

The way the site is patrolled has also changed. Those who work independently have now been furnished with GPS lone worker protection devices tracked by operators at the Corps Monitoring Centre (CMC) in Glasgow.

Security at conference time

Corps Security played a major role in a recent event at Outokumpu’s site when the British Stainless Steel Association and the Sheffield Metallurgical and Engineering Association hosted an international conference and exhibition which focused on the future for stainless steel.

Part of Sheffield’s celebrations to mark the 100th Anniversary of the discovery of stainless steel, the site was visited by a number of industry VIPs. Corps Security officers in full commissionaire uniforms were on duty.

“I’m incredibly impressed with the improvements we have experienced since Corps Security began working with us,” said John McLean-Searle. “The company has consistently delivered on its promises and clearly has an unrivalled level of expertise. What’s more, all those staff who transferred are very pleased to be working for the company.”

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