Securitas attains Free-Running Explosive Detection Dogs certification from Department for Transport

Securitas UK has officially achieved Free-Running Explosive Detection Dogs (FREDDs) certification – the European Union (EU) standard for the use of dogs in aviation cargo security regimes. Attained in conjunction with the Department for Transport, this groundbreaking achievement means that Securitas UK now provides the highest level of explosives detection capability using canines.

This is the first time central Government has certified the private security industry to provide specialist free-running explosive detection dogs. It’s a significant step forward not only for Securitas UK and its myriad end user customers, but also the UK’s security business sector as a whole.

Meeting exacting EU and Department for Transport standards, the challenging certification process put the dogs and their handlers through their paces, testing them across a suite of explosive samples in an operational environment.

Ever-present terrorist threats render such capabilities an essential arm of the security provider’s portfolio. It’s also worth bearing in mind that aviation is the only sector that requires regulation of private security dogs.

Shaun Kennedy, director of specialised protective services at Securitas UK, explained: “Our team demonstrated exceptional levels of dedication and commitment in gaining this certification. It’s a real game-changer, not only for our customers, but the aviation industry in general. Our focus is always on investment in the highest levels of training in order to raise standards and provide our customers with the very best protection solution.”

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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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