The third ACS Pacesetters Achievement Awards Lunch took place at Royal Windsor Racecourse yesterday, 24th May, and was attended by many of their members, clients, industry associations, end-users of security and most importantly the Security Officers nominated to receive an Award.
The Security Officers receiving the awards were nominated by the client to whom they are contracted and the final decision on the winners was made by the Sponsors of the event – Cobia UK, Sutton Specialists Risks, Eurotech Monitoring Services and Trust ID. This year the work performed by the nominated officers was outstanding and included life-saving acts, the arrest of criminals and illegal immigrants, officers being injured in the line of duty and individual acts of excellent work which has enhanced the level of security for their clients.
The winners of The ACS Pacesetters Security Officer of Distinction Awards for 2016 were:
James Kelly MBE – Kingdom Security Ltd
Hamed Aminaeeamameh – Axis Security Services Ltd
Tom Atley – Ward Security Ltd
Phil Bailey – Westgrove Group Limited
Alan Cutts – TC Security Services
Devin Desbonnes – Interr Security
Land Securities Team – Broadland Guarding Services Ltd
Kevin Greenwood – Westgrove Group Ltd
Bishnu Gurung – Shield Security Services Ltd
Maverney Jones – CIS Security Ltd
Lee Klingenspor – Land Sheriffs Ltd
Grzegorz Stalmach – Kingdom Security Ltd
Workspace Group Team – The Keyholding Company
The presentations were made by Mr Vernon Rapley, Security Director at The V & A Museum, who also gave an interesting speech on his experience in the field of History and Art and the crimes committed by individuals against museums.
This year ACS Pacesetters chose to include an Award to The Graff Diamonds Security Team who has been subject to regular Silver Fox Audits for the past 5 years as they felt it was time the in-house Security Teams should be recognised alongside the contract security companies. During this time the Officers have excelled when faced by their auditors who have carried out numerous scenarios including penetration audits, customer service, covert surveillance, goods in transit and telephone audits. The award was presented to Scott Mitchell, Security Lead Officer, by Lynda Moore of FM Contract Watch.
ACS Pacesetters’ chosen charity this year was Medical Detection Dogs and Sue Surbey, accompanied by her assistance dog Casper, attended the lunch and gave an insight into how these dogs allow people suffering from life threatening illnesses to lead independent lives. The charity also trains dogs to detect the early signs of cancer. A total of £1,020.00 was raised on the day from the proceeds of a raffle.