Metropolitan Police Service hosts awards ceremony to recognise work of security business sector partners

Terry Vass, Brunel University’s operations manager (left) accepts the Partnership and Engagement Award from Chief Inspector Roy Smith, the Met’s strategic lead for business crime

Terry Vass, Brunel University’s operations manager (left) accepts the Partnership and Engagement Award from Chief Inspector Roy Smith, the Met’s strategic lead for business crime

The Metropolitan Police Service has hosted its inaugural awards ceremony at New Scotland Yard specifically designed to recognise and celebrate the good work of partner organisations operating within the security business sector. The Police and Security (PaS) Awards took place on Wednesday 11 May, with the event hosted by the Met’s very own Business Crime Reduction Hub.

The PaS initiative aims to improve collaboration and trust between the private sector and the police to enhance public safety and security. It focuses on better understanding and clarity of standards and training as well as enhanced information sharing and communication, while also promoting the development and sharing of new ideas on how to collaborate effectively.

Detective Inspector Georgie Barnard, head of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Business Crime Reduction Hub, explained: “We wanted to recognise those individuals and teams in the private sector who make significant contributions to the work of the police service and the protection of the public. These awards are all the result of nominations from local police officers and serve to highlight and promote ways in which the police and the private security business sector work together in partnership on the ground.”

The PaS Awards are sponsored by the British Security Industry Association. CEO James Kelly commented: “Recognising the considerable contributions of security personnel in the protection of the public is a vital part of enhancing what’s already a very successful relationship between industry and the police service. The BSIA is proud to be involved in the PaS initiative, and looks forward to helping develop this very important programme of work over the coming years.”

Security personnel have been recognised for their achievements across five categories: Partnership and Engagement, Intelligence Sharing, Innovation, Volunteering and Outstanding Act. Details of the winners are as follows:

Partnership and Engagement

*Simon Francis (Dynamo Security Services): Robust drug search policy focused on the Bexley night-time economy

*Jim Baldwin and Indi Thind (Hounslow Borough Estate Enforcement Team): Reducing crime and improving satisfaction levels among residents

*Andy McDermott (Assist Security): Reducing crime and disorder in Clapham High Street

*Daniel Baquero, Matthew Pitman and Phillip Jones (Westfield): Fostering strong working partnerships to keep staff and customers safe

*Darren Carter (Edwardian Hotels): Improving relations between the hotel sector and the Metropolitan Police Service

*Lewis Gilbert (Andrews International): Reducing crime in the Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street areas of central London

*Khalid Ibrahim (VSG): Dedication to partnership working with the local policing team

*Gordon Glean (Land Securities): Partnership working with police in Lewisham and the local community for more than 20 years

*Terry Vass (Brunel University): Driving down crime in the student community

*The Parkguard Night Safe Team: Reducing crime in the Islington night-time economy

*Mark White (Security Projects UK): Working to support the police and the industrial Business Improvement District

Intelligence Sharing

*Matthew Smith (Cardinal Security): Sharing intelligence to identify suspects involved in crime

*Lewis Gilbert (Andrews International): One of the main contributors of intelligence to the business community

*The Bookmakers Intelligence Forum: Improving intelligence sharing between bookmakers and counter staff

Innovation

Left to Right: Chief Inspector Roy Smith presents the Award for Outstanding Act to door supervisor Yoram Ouanounou of Vigilant Business Protection. Also pictured is Croydon PC Louise Kellam. Ouanounou went to PC Kellam's aid in the town centre last January

Left to Right: Chief Inspector Roy Smith presents the Award for Outstanding Act to door supervisor Yoram Ouanounou of Vigilant Business Protection. Also pictured is Croydon PC Louise Kellam. Ouanounou went to PC Kellam’s aid in the town centre last January

*Michael Wright (Graff Diamonds): Sharing intelligence leading to the apprehension of a gang responsible for a series of thefts from vans

*John Murphy (Valliant Security): Setting up the Alcohol Recovery Centre in order to reduce the burden placed on the Emergency Services in Kingston

*The Keyholding Company: Supporting the police and the business community with a series of ‘Smash and Grab’-focused Workshops

Volunteering

*Westminster Street Pastors: Dedication, commitment and enthusiasm in supporting the local community

*Chrissie Le Marinel (Business Crime Reduction Hub Volunteer): Support for the Met, and in particular the Business Crime Reduction Hub

*Greenwich Volunteer Cadets: Supporting the Business Crime Reduction Hub

Outstanding Act

*Philip Van Der Merwe (VSG): Detaining a violent male in possession of CS spray

*Jermaine Callender (Next): Assisting police officers to safely apprehend a male in possession of a firearm

*Yoram Ouanounou (Vigilant Business Protection): Apprehending a violent male in Croydon town centre who had assaulted police officers

Commander Julian Bennett of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Territorial Policing Command (who opened the awards ceremony) added: “The groups and individuals nominated for these awards highlight the excellent results that can be achieved when we share information and intelligence with our security partners, and work together to prevent and reduce crime affecting businesses throughout London.”

Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey added: “We’re committed to further improving the ways in which we work with the private security sector. To build upon this success, it’s obvious that effective partnership working is key.”

The PaS initiative developed as part of the MOPAC’s business crime strategy. Participants include private security providers, local businesses and more than 400 other stakeholders. Participation is open to all who wish to contribute. Together, those involved ensure strategic engagement and drive forward tactical front line projects.

About the Author
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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