Ward Security has been accredited by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) to join the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS). The CSAS is a Home Office initiative that was introduced in 2002 to enable chief constables to designate certain limited but targeted police powers to employees of non-police organisations who contribute towards community safety and security. The scheme creates a framework for public and private bodies to work in partnership with the police, providing an additional uniformed presence in local communities. Ward Security received the accreditation after completing a vetting procedure. The company’s application for the scheme was strengthened by its membership of the Security Industry Authority’s (SIA) Approved Contractor Scheme, which demands standards in the provision of security services similar to those required by the CSAS. CSAS accreditation means that Ward Security can put forward employees to the ACPO to become Accredited Persons (APs), who can be identified by a special, CSAS issued badge. AP status allows a person to deal with nuisances such as littering, dog fouling, cycling on the pavement and disorder offences such as anti-social behaviour. David Ward, Managing Director at Ward Security, commented:” We are thrilled to have achieved Community Safety Accreditation and be recognised for our professionalism by the APCO. Our participation in the scheme will enhance the already very strong relationships we have forged with police forces up and down the country.”
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.