BSIA appoints former Flying Squad DCI Sarah Staff as new head of SaferCash

Sarah Staff: the new head of SaferCash

Sarah Staff: the new head of SaferCash

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has welcomed former Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Staff to its ranks as the new head of SaferCash. Recently retired from a 30-year career with the Metropolitan Police Service, Staff ascended the ranks from being a police constable patrolling the streets of North London in the mid-1990s to become one of only two women to hold the role of Detective Chief Inspector in charge of the Flying Squad, subsequently tackling serious and organised crime.

SaferCash is part of the BSIA’s intelligence sharing security initiative which aims to strengthen the collaborative work between UK law enforcement and industry by preventing and detecting crime in partnership. Staffed by former serving members of the police service and seconded police analysts working within their regional police areas, SaferCash is able to draw together vital information and intelligence.

This joint initiative assists at an international, national and regional level working closely in regular partnership with law enforcement and industry partners. Its collaborative work supports police investigations with analytical crime data for intervention, detection and prosecutions.

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA, said: “We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Sarah Staff as the new head of SaferCash. Sarah brings her years of experience gained at the highest level of her profession into the team at a time when collaboration across the agencies is as essential as ever in terms of helping us to understand the offending patterns and methods used by today’s criminals. The SaferCash approach helps us to draw together improved prevention methods and reduce the overall risk and costs of these crimes to both industry and the wider community.”

Speaking about her new role, Staff explained: “I’m really delighted to be taking on the role of head of SaferCash. The impact of these crimes has a far-reaching resonance and, at a time when UK law enforcement is facing huge demands with fewer resources at its disposal, SaferCash is an excellent collaboration to provide additional resources through the support of industry partners. These crimes have a real impact on local communities, fund other criminal enterprises and, in many cases, realise untold costs for both peoples’ lives and their property. I’m looking forward to leading on such an invaluable service and hope to further reduce the impact of these crimes through continued collaboration.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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