Foreign and Commonwealth Office security specialists join ASIS International’s UK Chapter

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is directly responsible for protecting and promoting British interests worldwide, having been created back in 1968 due to the merger of the Foreign Office and the Commonwealth Office. Presently employing over 14,000 individuals in nearly 270 diplomatic offices, the FCO wanted to accredit its security professionals and, after researching the various security membership organisations, approached ASIS in the UK to discuss how members of the team could join.

The membership process was led by the ASIS UK Chapter’s vice-chairmen Mike Hurst and Graham Bassett. Following meetings with FCO representatives in the UK and, indeed, with the ASIS leadership in the US, the Chapter is now delighted to welcome almost 40 new ASIS UK members from the FCO, a number that’s likely to increase over the next few months.

This cohort represents the biggest single influx of new members for the organisation so far this year, with the expectation that a good number of these FCO security professionals will undertake study for ASIS certifications, namely the Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Physical Security Professional (PSP) and Professional Certified Investigator (PCI) qualifications.

“ASIS International’s UK Chapter is always pleased to welcome new members,” explained Mike Hurst. “Indeed, it’s something we’re doing on an increasingly regular basis. The Chapter is also seeing more members joining from single companies. This year, for example, we’ve had nine new members join the ranks from Amazon. They’re currently studying for their CPP certifications.”

Hurst pointed out that there’s another large group of security professionals from Amazon, based on mainland Europe, also engaged in a CPP study programme.

In conclusion, Hurst stated: “This latest initiative shows exactly how seriously the FCO takes its security responsibilities. The fact that this Government Department chose ASIS International speaks volumes for the glocal [global yet local] reach of the Association.”

ASIS International’s UK Chapter is the fourth largest globally and the biggest outside of North America.

About the Author
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.

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