Stuart Pizzey, MBE, has been appointed Police Liaison & Commercial Risk Advisor at The Shield Group, the UK’s largest independent Total Security Solutions (TSS) provider. Mr Pizzey, will be joining The Shield Group to develop relationships with businesses across Greater Manchester and throughout the North-west, advising on business risk and solutions.
Mr Pizzey, 52, is a former police officer who worked for Greater Manchester Police for over 30 years and was awarded a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2003 Queens Birthday Honours List for his services to policing. Mr Pizzey played a crucial role in saving the lives of over 80,000 people during the 1996 IRA bombings in Manchester, with his evacuation master plan allowing the police force to usher shoppers and staff to safety. He later received the Community Police Officer of the Year in 2000.
The Shield Group, which recently launched four strategic verticals, combining traditional man-power and innovative technology to deliver intelligent, risk-based Total Security Solutions (TSS) to its customers, had decided to add to its portfolio of business premises in London and Preston with a recently opened Manchester regional headquarters. Subsequently, Mr Pizzey will be based in the Manchester office, where he will be working closely with The Shield Group Special Liaison Unit, headed up by Ken Stewart QPM, to identify and sustain partnerships with the Police Service throughout the UK, supporting non front line duties and responsibilities.
Chief Executive of The Shield Group, John Roddy said of Mr Pizzey’s appointment: “We are are delighted and very proud to welcome such a distinguished individual as Stuart Pizzey to The Shield Group. Stuart has made a significant and lasting impact on his community through his role at Greater Manchester Police.
“We have been fully aware for some time of Stuart’s key relationships and advisory skills and we are very pleased that he has decided to join The Shield Group to both enhance our overall capability in the North West and to support our programme to further develop our growing relationship with the Police Service.”
Stuart Pizzey commenting on his appointment said: “The chance to join The Shield Group presents a great challenge and an opportunity to utilise my skills and experience to better serve our customers nationwide.
I am particularly impressed with the company’s efforts to foster a working relationship with the police service and provide support in non front line duties and responsibilities. I look forward to working with this innovative and ambitious team whose commitment and services to security are testament to their recent upward growth.”
In addition to his achievement, Mr Pizzey set up a radio network alert system, which covered nearly 600 pubs, clubs and stores across the city. It means businesses and police are in 24-hour dialogue to prevent trouble. Mr Pizzey helped set up exclusion orders – before ASBOs were introduced – to deter prolific thieves and criminals from targeting Manchester. It’s no surprise that His MBE from the Queen for Services to Policing was specifically for crime prevention in Manchester.
Mr Pizzey retired from the Greater Manchester Police Force after 30 years in 2010, joining a number of private security companies in a police liaison role.