Premier security companies including Axis Security, CIS Security, ICTS, Securitas and VSG Security have formed the City Security Council (CSC) in order to better support the City of London Police in times of major crisis and emergency incidents. Over the last 12 months, key security businesses have collaborated to gather ideas and agree a CSC Charter that standardises effective and efficient responses when there’s an emergency.
In practice, the CSC members will pool resources in the form of information gathering and sharing as well as their physical presence from 1,000-plus security officers and associated services across the Square Mile. This group will support the police with co-ordinating responses to any significant event that should take place within the City.
The aims and objectives of the CSC can be summarised as follows;
*Improving standards of training for security personnel to assist with their response at times of crisis and emergency
*Providing support to the police in times of crisis and emergency
*Standardising effective and efficient responses, including media, physical reaction and online messaging in support of clients/the public at times of crisis and emergency
*Promoting shared values, principles and Best Practice, including research and reviews of current practices
To become a credible voice of the security industry in times of crisis/emergency
Improving incident response
The formation of the group has been overseen by David Ward, CEO of Ward Security. who said: “The key purpose for the CSC is to galvanise efforts and improve the incident responses of security companies in the City of London at times of crisis as well as assist the City of London Police. By establishing a Charter and standardising how we operate when there’s an emergency or crisis scenario in play, we will then all instinctively know what our physical reaction will be as well as how we can best gather and share information.”
Ward added: “The City of London Police will benefit from knowing there’s consistency in response from the security industry and how it’s supporting law enforcement. It will make us all more prepared and effective in the event of a crisis, which can only be a good thing.”
Security officers play vital role
City of London Police Commissioner Ian Dyson has given his full support for the creation of the new City Security Council and observed: “Alongside our police officers, the private sector security officers are very often the first people whom the public turn towards for help when there’s an emergency. These officers provide a vital role in helping to support and guide people during a crisis and so having a collaborative and consistent approach will not only help them work through an emergency, but also helps my police officers understand what’s going on in the background when they’re dealing with an incident. The CSC shows just how much knowledge is out there in the security industry as well as the benefits of collaboration.”
The CSC will be chaired by Adrian Moore of VSG Security. Moore told Risk Xtra: “This collaboration will not only improve our effectiveness, but will also help us in understanding where we need to improve standards and training for security staff to ensure that we’re all working to the same end. It’s an excellent example of how important our industry is in helping to safeguard the public and assist the police in times of crisis.”
*For more information about the CSC visit www.citysecuritycouncil.co.uk
**The full listing of CSC founding security members is as follows: Allied Universal (Europe) Ltd, Amulet Security, Axis Security, CIS Security, Cordant Security Services, Corps Security, Global Aware International, ICTS, ISS, Kingdom Security, Profile Security, Securitas, Smart Sec Security, Ultimate Security, Unitrust, Universal Security, VSG Security and Ward Security