The 2012 Infologue.com ‘Building the Future’ Award winner is Janet Williams, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Janet Williams QPM of the Metropolitan Police Service, Specialist Operations.
Several worthy names were considered in 2012 but the selection panel felt that the progress made towards greater collaboration between the Police and the Security Sector was worthy of acknowledgement. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Janet Williams QPM of the Metropolitan Police Service, is responsible also for business engagement. In addition she is the ACPO lead on E-Crime. In the run up to the Olympic & Paralympic Games she has put communications with security industry to the fore in the Policing strategy. As a result a collaborative initiative with London First has led to the formation of the Cross-Sector Safety & Security Communications (CSSC). This initiative has already had a significant impact with over 22 Industry Sectors linked in, with Sector Leads communicating via regular conference calls, security and safety messages being cascaded throughout the sectors and a CSSC industry communication hub being established to facilitate communication during the Games. The CSSC will continue in legacy as a way of communicating with industry when issues arise which will affect them or their staff. The close working relationship which has been established with the Metropolitan Police Service and the security industry will be reflected in a new Metropolitan Police and BSIA industry initiative – Operation Sentaur. This initiative will, through a series of working groups, increase liaison and understanding between the Metropolitan Police Service and Industry in a number of areas, which will be to the benefit of public security and safety. DAC Janet Williams’ support for this initiative has been fundamentally important to its establishment.
In 2004, Interconnective Limited introduced the Infologue.com ‘Building the Future’ Award, which is bestowed upon the person or organization that – in the view of previous recipients who are still active in the UK security sector as a collective – has created over the past 12 months, the most significant footprint on the road to a vibrant, professional and mutually profitable security industry. This award is presented jointly by the Editors of Infologue.com and Info4Security.com.
Previous winners have included such industry luminaries as former British Security Industry Association Chief Executive David Dickinson, security industry company chairman Bill Muskin (VSG) and Chief Executives David Beaton (G4S), Stuart Lowden (Wilson James) Ian Nisbet (G4S Cash Services), posthumously to Jǿrgen Philip-Sǿrensen CBE MA (JPS) and last year (2010), David Evans of the BSIA.