Record number of businesses benefit from Best Practice advice at Manchester Security 2016

The speakers at Manchester Security 2016

The speakers at Manchester Security 2016

Police and security experts were on hand to provide valuable advice to businesses in the North West as the relaunched Manchester Security event returned to the city on Thursday 29 September. Organised by the Manchester City Centre Crime Prevention Panel with support from Greater Manchester Police, Manchester City Council and Atmaana Business Consulting, the event is designed to impart salient advice such that businesses are able to protect their people and property from potential acts of criminality and terrorism.

This year’s gathering was the best-attended in the event’s history, attracting over 200 delegates, including representatives from well-known city centre retailers, banks and public and private sector organisations alike.

Manchester Security 2016 was opened by Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Garry Shewan QPM, with Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jim Battle introducing the speaker line-up.

Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole, head of the North West Counter-Terrorism Unit, delivered an update on counter-terrorism issues. Also making a presentation on the day was Superintendent Marcus Noden of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) who discussed city centre policing challenges in some detail, as well as James Brown (managing director of event sponsor Selectamark plc).

Julie Edwards, operations manager for Selfridges, accepts GMP's Business Crime Co-ordinator of the Year Award from ACC Garry Shewan

Julie Edwards, operations manager for Selfridges, accepts GMP’s Business Crime Co-ordinator of the Year Award from ACC Garry Shewan

Julie Edwards, operations manager for Selfridges at Manchester’s Exchange Square, was presented with the prestigious GMP Business Crime Co-ordinator of the Year Award by ACC Shewan. Edwards has provided support to crime reduction strategies and operations throughout her 30-year career working in the field of retail security.

Commenting on the award, Chief Inspector Gareth Parkin said: “Julie continues to be a wonderful supporter of local city centre policing, and is always the first to offer assistance around any issues that may arise. Julie’s contribution towards city centre security is unrivalled. The fact that she has won the GMP Business Crime Watch Co-ordinator of the Year Award is thoroughly deserved. I, along with GMP and the Manchester business community, thank Julie for her continued support.”

At the gathering, members of the Manchester City Centre Crime Prevention Panel pledged to continue to fulfil their mission statement of ‘Helping the Police and Supporting the Public’ and will be organising a follow-up event in Spring next year.

Paul King, chairman of the Manchester City Centre Crime Prevention Panel, commented: “We’re only too pleased to help deliver this event for the city of Manchester, and we’re absolutely delighted at the response it has received.”

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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