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Businesses work with the BSIA & SyCom to promote security officers as critical workers
Over the last two decades, the role of security officers has shifted. Where once it was simply a case of guarding a door or location, years of upskilling and diversification have transformed the role to be something more. Security Officers are now required to possess higher levels of training and assume more responsibility than they did in the past. The advent of the Coronavirus Pandemic made this fact even more self-evident. While the public clapped for healthcare and supermarket staff, little attention was given to their security colleagues who stood shoulder to shoulder with them, making...
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OSPAs 2021 nominations are now open
On June 7th 2020, Perpetuity research, organiser of the annual Outstanding Security Performance Awards announced the opening for nominations for the 2021 event. Every year the OSPAs celebrate the best of the UK security industry has to offer with categories covering a range of roles and activities carried out by individuals, companies and teams. Nominations will be open until October 31st 2020, so if you wish to put forward a candidate for any of the following categories, please ensure that you do so before then. Next year’s categories are:   Outstanding In-House Security Ma...
The British Security Awards 2020 winners have been announced
The British Security Awards 2020 was live-streamed for the first time ever on July 1st.  While usually a black-tie event held in London, this year's event was made public given the restrictions currently in place during the Covid-19 pandemic. The awards celebrated the best of the security industry's achievement over the last 12 months with winners coming from a range of companies and walks of life. They were presented by prominent figures in the security industry including SIA Chief Executive, Ian Todd, Security Institute Chief Executive, Rick Mounfield, Metropolitan Police Commissioner ...
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Corps Security publishes report in to Covid-19 security officer mortality rate
Corps Security has just released the findings of a new report, conducted under commission by Perpetuity Research, on why security officers have one of the highest death rates from Covid-19. This report follows the announcement in May by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) that the death rate among security officers Is 45.7 deaths per 100,000 people, one of the highest in the UK. The full report, which you can download using the link below, can be summarized in to the following 7 key points: There appears to be a correlation between low-paid professions and Cov-19 death rates. Secur...
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BSIA & security industry aims to redefine the public’s perception of security officers.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, security officers have been performing critical roles in hospitals, food distribution warehouses, and supermarkets around the country without the wide-recognition afforded those they have been working shoulder to shoulder with. They have also been protecting the closed stores, empty office buildings and factories against would-be looters ensuring that we have something to reopen when the time comes but this has largely gone unrecognised by the public at large. At least three of the UK security industry’s most recognised organisation believe this is unacceptable...
City Security Council and City of London Police Coordinate Joint Hi-Visibility Patrolling Strategy
All 22 members of the City Security Council took part in a joint, hi-visibility patrolling strategy with the City of London Police as part of an initiative to deter attacks. The joint initiative, which was implemented over the May Bank Holiday weekend, saw combined patrols being set up across the CSC sites within the Square Mile.  With approximately 1,000 security officers taking part supported by the police who were out in force both on foot and as mounted police officers. Member of the CSC and Managing Director of security company UniTrust, Scott Gough coordinated the initiative and s...
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Unlicensed security director ordered pay confiscation order
On May 29th 2020, Nicholas Seabrook, former director of NPS Security Ltd in Cwmbran, was served a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act of £5,560.59. This order was handed down at Cardiff Crown Court in relation to his acting as an unlicensed director of a security company. If he does not pay, he will face a prison sentence. Seabrook started NPS Security Ltd in 06 August 2018 and ran it until July in the following year. During this time he provided security services to pubs in the South Wales Region. In December 2019 for working as a security director while unlicensed as we...
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The BSIA’s British Security Awards 2020 goes digital
On May 19th 2020, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) announced that this year’s British Security Awards will be held as an online broadcast. This decision was taken due to the uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic. Originally due to be held on July 1st in London, the BSIA’s flagship event will now be broadcast live to 12,000 participants from around the UK for the first, and perhaps only, time. The event will feature the announcement of this year’s winners, including individuals, groups and companies across 15 categories. As ever, the British Security Awards 202...
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SIA Chief Exec issues statement on Critical Worker designation for security officers
The Chief Executive of the Security Industry Authority has released a statement with regards to Security Officers and whether they are considered to be Critical Workers during the Covid-19 Crisis. Please find the full un-edited statement below: "On Monday, 23 March the Prime Minister announced further instructions to the British public to combat the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). His announcement can be viewed here- this link opens in a new window. It places further restrictions on when people can leave their homes and limits travel for work to essential roles only. I am able to confirm ...
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Skills for Security calls for training provider funding during crisis
On Thursday the 26th of March, the British Security Industry Association’s Skills for Security called on the government to guarantee funding for independent training providers to help them mitigate damage caused by the Covid-19 outbreak. This action is in response to the Department of Education’s guidance released on Monday which stipulates that their policy “does not allow payment for services in advance of delivery”. This means that funding for training and apprenticeships cannot be made until the training has been delivered. It is argued by Skills for Security that this represents...
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