2017 City of London Sheriffs’ Award launched at Old Bailey: Call for Nominations

Monday 27 February witnessed the launch of the 2017 City of London Sheriffs’ Award at the historic Old Bailey in London. The traditional Spring launch event was hosted by Ian Mayes QC (The Master of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals), Alderman and Sheriff William Russell and Alderman and Sheriff Peter Estlin.

Other distinguished attendees included the chief of the Royal Air Force Police and the chair of the London Ambulance Service. In addition, the event witnessed Charles Henty, Under-Sheriff and Secondary of London, being bestowed with the prestigious honour of becoming Freeman of The Worshipful Company.

The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals and Sheriffs are now accepting nominations for the Sheriffs’ Award 2017, which will be bestowed in the Autumn. Last year, the City of London Sheriffs’ Award for Bravery was presented to Dr Matthew Smith, who also attended the recent launch to help promote the 2017 campaign.

Smith received the 2016 honour for his role in preventing a fatality following a stabbing incident in Leytonstone and for “courageously and selflessly” remaining with the victim throughout the horrifying attack.

The Sheriffs’ Award was introduced shortly after the 7/7 London Underground and bus bombings to recognise outstanding acts of bravery by individuals from across the UK. Every year since then, the London Sheriffs have sought nominations for members of the public who have, without thought for their own safety, acted to confront danger in a selfless and inspirational way.

The 2017 awardee’s name will be inscribed on an Honours Board and placed in a Book of Honour, which are both placed on permanent display within the Central Criminal Court, The Old Bailey.

This award is open to nominations from the general public, the business community, the Emergency Services and the Armed Forces. To submit a nomination for the 2017 Sheriffs’ Award, download the form from this link https://www.wcosp.org/wcosp-documents/sheriffs-award/9-2016-sheriffs-award-nomination-form and return the completed form (via e-mail) to The Clerk at clerk@wcosp.org

Deadline for the receipt of completed forms is Tuesday 1 August 2017

Should you require further information, please telephone The Clerk on 01787 282777

The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals is one of the 110 Livery Companies of the City of London. The Company is a membership and charitable organisation providing support to the wider education community and welfare services to the security sector.

Membership of The Worshipful Company is drawn from all security organisations within the UK, including leading security professionals from the industrial and retail sectors, serving and retired members of both the police service and the Armed Forces, security consultants, academics, heads of security for corporate businesses, investigators and the leaders of electronic surveillance companies.

*Further information is available online at http://www.wcosp.org

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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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