Police Scotland has today announced details of the security suppliers selected to deliver a safe and secure Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.
Following a robust and competitive tendering process, which examined key factors including capability and value for money, a total of 17 companies have now been contracted to deliver security and stewarding services at the event, which commences next month after seven years of careful planning.
Seven of the companies selected to secure the Games are members of the British Security Industry Association, including:
Private contract security and stewarding only
SecuriGroup Services Ltd
Show and Event Security Ltd
The Protector Group
Private contract security only
Allander Security Ltd
Wilson James Ltd
Contract safety stewarding only
G4S Secure Solutions (UK) Ltd
These private security suppliers will work as part of what Glasgow 2014 terms an ‘integrated, multi-agency approach’ under the leadership of Police Scotland and working alongside military personnel, British Transport Police and officers from the Scottish Prison Service.
David Leather, Chief Operating Officer at Glasgow 2014, comments: “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 in less than two months’ time.
“We recognise and value the important role private security suppliers have to play and we are delighted to have created the opportunity for a wide range of security providers to contribute to delivering a safe and enjoyable Games experience for athletes, officials and spectators under the guidance of Police Scotland.
“We are applying a level of scrutiny that is unprecedented in the provision of a contractor security and stewarding workforce. That means the progress of every contractor towards the successful delivery of their commitments is fully transparent and there is accountability at every step of the way “Glasgow 2014, Games Partners, Skills Development Scotland and colleges across Scotland are also pleased to be creating training and job opportunities in the security industry for hundreds of people; which is a positive outcome for individuals, for Scotland and for the Commonwealth.
“Glasgow 2014 is the biggest multi-sport event Scotland has ever hosted, it will be a special time and we want people to enjoy their experience as much as possible. We are confident that the approach being taken regarding both security and safety stewarding will play a positive role in the delivery of a safe and secure Games we can all be proud of.”
James Kelly, Chief Executive of the BSIA, welcomes the announcement: “The approach taken by the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee and Police Scotland is an excellent example of a fully integrated and carefully considered approach to event security, which has taken into account all elements of safety and security and involved key stakeholders at each stage of the decision-making process.
“The level of scrutiny applied to potential suppliers has resulted in a Security and Stewarding Framework which is comprehensive, collaborative and fit for purpose, and I am confident that this approach will result in an enjoyable, yet secure, event.
“We are delighted that so many BSIA member companies have been selected to contribute to the security of the XX Commonwealth Games. Many of our members have a long and successful track record in partnering with Police to deliver successful security operations at large-scale events, which have included the Queen’s Jubilee, the Royal Wedding and the Olympic Torch Relay, as well as sporting events including Wimbledon and the Grand National. To add the Commonwealth Games to this list will be an additional accolade of which our industry will be very proud.”
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.