OFFICIAL City Security Council Formation Press Release

NEW CITY SECURITY COUNCIL FORMED TO IMPROVE CRISIS RESPONSE

A collective of premier security companies have formed the City Security Council (CSC) in order to better support the City of London Police in times of major crisis and emergency incidents.
Over the last 12 months, key security businesses have collaborated to gather ideas and agree a CSC charter that standardises effective and efficient responses when there is an emergency.

The CSC members will pool resources in the form of information gathering and sharing as well as their physical presence from 1000+ security officers and associated services across the square mile. This group will support the Police with coordinating responses to any significant event that should take place within the City.

The formation of the group has been overseen by David Ward, CEO of Ward Security who said “The key purpose for the council is to galvanise efforts and improve incident responses of security companies in the city of London at times of crisis as well as to help the City of London police. By establishing a charter and standardising how we operate when there is an emergency or crisis we will then all instinctively know what our physical reaction will be as well as how we can best gather and share information. The City of London Police will benefit from knowing there is consistency in response from the security industry and how we are supporting them. It will make us all more prepared and effective in the event of a crisis, which can only be a good thing.”

City of London Police Commissioner, Ian Dyson has given his full support for the creation of the new council and said “Alongside our police officers, the security officers are very often the first people who the public turn to for help when there is an emergency. These officers provide a vital role in helping to support and guide people during a crisis and so having a collaborative and consistent approach will not only help them work through an emergency but helps my police officers understand what is going on the background when they are dealing with an incident. The CSC shows just how much knowledge is out there in the security industry and the benefits of collaboration.”

The CSC will be chaired by Adrian Moore of VSG security who said “This collaboration will not only improve our effectiveness but will help us understand where we need to improve standards and training for security staff to ensure that we are all working to the same end. It is an excellent example of how important our industry is in helping to safeguard the public and assist the police in times of crisis.”

For more information about the CSC and how to join please see www.citysecuritycouncil.co.uk

List of CSC founding security members:

o Allied Universal (Europe) Ltd
o Amulet Security
o Axis Security
o CIS Security
o Cordant Security Services
o Corps Security
o Global Aware International
o ICTS
o ISS
o Kingdom Security
o Profile Security
o Securitas
o Smart Sec Security
o Ultimate Security
o Unitrust
o Universal Security
o VSG Security
o Ward Security

The aims and objectives of the CSC can be summarised as follows;
o Improving standards of training for security staff to respond at times of crisis and emergency
o To provide support to the police in times of crisis and emergency
o To standardise effective and efficient responses, including media, physical reaction and online messaging in support of clients/the public at times of crisis and emergency
o To promote shared values, principles and best practice, including research and review of current practices
o To become a credible voice of the security industry in times of crisis/emergency