Axis Security to host briefing on private security sector’s role in supporting the police

Axis Security is hosting a Security Briefing which will cover the success of Project Servator – a programme designed to deny, disrupt and detect hostile reconnaissance by would-be criminals and terrorists – and explore the future developments for the partnership between the police service and the private security sector.

The Security Briefing will be presented by the City of London Police’s Project Servator co-ordinator Matt Hone who’ll duly outline the background to the project, its key objectives and successes achieved to date. Hone will also go on to discuss future developments under the ReACT initiative, which will enlist even more help from private security staff.

Project Servator is an inclusive and collaborative community strategy that relies on local people and businesses to be the ‘eyes and ears’ for the police. It encourages residents and staff to be vigilant and help to ensure safety and security. Exercises are based on highly visible police patrols designed to identify and deter potential criminal activity, ranging from pickpocketing or theft to more serious crimes including terrorism.

Project Servator deployments are characterised by the use of a range of policing assets – police dogs, mounted branch officers, firearms and plain clothes officers – in an unpredictable way. Research indicates that visible policing makes the public feel more reassured, while Project Servator arrest figures highlight that the initiative has been effective in identifying criminals.

Keeping the public safe and secure

David Mundell: managing director of Axis Security

David Mundell: managing director of Axis Security

Axis Security’s managing director David Mundell believes that private security teams provide a vital service in keeping the public safe. “Private security staff are said to account for around 50% of the reports made to the police service about suspicious behaviour,” explained Mundell, “but there’s always more that we can do with the right training and support.”

Mundell continued: “Security officers can play an essential role in passing on their knowledge and experience to site colleagues and the general public in order to give them the confidence they need to report anything suspicious. We’re pleased to be hosting this important event and giving Matt Hone an opportunity to tell us and our customers more about the contribution we can make to help in reducing the terror risks in our communities.”

*The Security Briefing is being held at BMA House in London’s Tavistock Square on the morning of Wednesday 11 April. To reserve your place e-mail:

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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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