Securitas wins record-breaking 15 regional honours in BSIA’s Security Personnel Awards

Securitas' regional winners in the 2015 BSIA Security Personnel Awards pictured with (centre) Chief Operating Officer Shaun Kennedy

Securitas’ regional winners in the 2015 BSIA Security Personnel Awards pictured with (centre) Chief Operating Officer Shaun Kennedy

Dedicated security officers from Securitas have smashed last year’s company record by collecting 15 regional titles bestowed by the British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) Security Personnel Awards 2015.

The BSIA’s prestigious Security Personnel Awards serve to reward security officers for their dedication, loyalty, teamwork, customer service skills, their use of technology and also their bravery in the line of duty.

The annual awards are presented both regionally and nationally in five categories: Service to the Customer, Outstanding Act, Best Use of Technology, Best Team and Best Newcomer, with regional winners then put forward to take part in the national round of judging. 

One of this year’s regional winners from Securitas is Adam Murphy, a mobile security officer from County Down in Northern Ireland. Murphy was chosen as the Irish regional winner in the Outstanding Act category for his bravery during the early morning hours last September when, while on duty and driving to his next site, he witnessed a violent altercation between two males in the street that involved a deadly weapon.

Instinctively, Murphy positioned his patrol van between the two brawling males involved in order to separate them. After several exchanges of the weapon and its subsequent discarding, Murphy and a member of the public left their respective vehicles to assist the wounded man. That male’s assailant escaped, but Murphy gave chase and managed to restrain the offender shortly afterwards.

Liaison with the Emergency Services 

Leeds-based security officers Darren Pounder and Mark Clifton also scooped a well-deserved accolade for their courageous actions and swift handling of a difficult incident at Leeds Bus Station when they were alerted to a young woman who was entering the latter stages of labour having visited the ladies’ toilets.

Pounder and Clifton cornered off the area in order to afford the young female the privacy she needed. Pounder then contacted the Emergency Services to request paramedics and an ambulance while Clifton continued to protect the area by way of ensuring that access to the toilets was duly restricted.

Pounder remained calm and offered support to the mother-to-be while taking instructions from the telephone operator as it was becoming readily apparent medics would not arrive in time to oversee the birth.

An ambulance duly arrived on site just as the woman began to give birth. The paramedics were then able to control the developing situation, in turn successfully delivering the baby.

Along with the other Securitas regional winners, Murphy, Pounder and Clifton now proceed to the national judging phase of the awards (which takes place on Friday 24 April 2015). The prestigious national Security Personnel Awards Ceremony is to be held at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane on Wednesday 15 July 2015 as part of the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon.

Commenting on what is a magnificent result for Securitas’ UK operation, Shaun Kennedy (Chief Operating Officer at Securitas in the UK) told Risk UK: “Once again, I’m extremely proud of our security officers. Fifteen awards is an amazing achievement for the company. It’s testament to an ongoing determination aimed at serving our customers over and above our contracted duties. I would like to join the BSIA in paying tribute to our officers’ outstanding work over the past 12 months, and I wish them all the very best of luck for the national judging stage.”

Regional winners from Securitas in 2015 

Securitas’ regional winners in the 2015 BSIA Security Personnel Awards are as follows:

Service to the Customer

*Dave Hunt (North East)

*Clare Johnson (Yorkshire)

*Bryan Wilkinson (North West)

*Philip McCready (Northern Ireland)

Outstanding Act

*Adam Murphy (Northern Ireland)

*Victor Reay (North West)

*Robert Gray (North East)

*Chris Fielding (Midlands)

*Tim Prodger (London)

*Darren Pounder and Mark Clifton (Yorkshire)

Best Use of Technology

*James Belk (Scotland)

Best Team

*Virgin Money Security Team (North East)

*Emerald Park Security Team (South West)

Best Newcomer

*Allan Higgins (Scotland)

*Paul Wilson (North East)

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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