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

by Brian Sims

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: alina.cartas@axis-groupservices.co.uk

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