IPSA set to mark 60th Anniversary with celebration event at Botanical Gardens

The International Professional Security Association (IPSA) is to mark its 60th Anniversary by celebrating with its members. The Trade Association representing both companies and individuals operating across the security business sector will hold a celebration luncheon at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham on Wednesday 25 September featuring presentations from leading security experts, among them Mick Creedon QPM (recently retired after a 37-year policing career, the last decade of which was served as chief constable in Derbyshire).

Creedon is set to give a lighthearted and very personal perspective on the huge changes in policing, criminal behaviour, investigations, politics and the expectations of communities. He will outline some of the cases in which he has had a close personal involvement, using them to highlight the reality of the changes over the years, not only in terms of criminality, but also when it comes to investigative techniques.

Dr David Churchill, Associate Professor in Criminal Justice at the University of Leeds, will give his perspective on continuity and change in the security business sector over several decades. Churchill’s delivery will reflect on the contours and implications of transformation, while also highlighting long-standing structural continuities in security provision and consumption.

“Members will also hear about the achievements of IPSA over the course of the year,” commented Jane Farrell, chair of the organisation. “The Association has grown in size and influence representing the interests of members to key industry stakeholders.”

IPSA thanks technology provider Innovise Software for agreeing to sponsor the event.

*IPSA members wishing to attend free of charge should e-mail membership@ipsa.org.uk to register their interest

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