The Security Institute held its annual evening of Remembrance on Thursday 16 November at the Honourable Artillery Company in central London. A capacity audience enjoyed the evening which was organised by the Institute’s deputy chairman Andrew Nicholls. On the night, the programme included a minute’s silence followed by a reading of ‘In Flanders Fields’. The reading of Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae’s famous prose was conducted by a Volunteer Police Cadet and proved to be a poignant moment in the proceedings.
Volunteer Police Cadets are a nationally-recognised police uniformed youth group which exists to encourage the spirit of adventure and good citizenship among its members. At the Institute’s Evening of Remembrance, some Cadets ably assisted with Front of House arrangements.
Following on from the reading, there was then an enlightening and inspirational talk given by guest speaker Craig Mackey QPM, deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service. Again, this was very well received.
The Security Institute was delighted to welcome its latest corporate partner, Excellentia Limited, and a Certificate of Admittance was presented to the company’s director Derek Kerr by Baroness Ruth Henig CBE DL, president of The Security Institute. This new partnership signifies the beginning of Excellentia Limited’s ongoing commitment to the Institute as the organisation’s close protection partner and, indeed, to the security industry as a whole.
“We’re honoured to become a corporate partner of the organisation and very much look forward to working even more closely with the Institute in order to help promote the highest possible standards of integrity and professional competence in the business of security both nationally and internationally,” observed Kerr.
A seasoned close protection specialist himself, The Security Institute’s CEO Rick Mounfield is especially keen to take the relationship further in order to encourage personal development of the close protection sector. “Plans are already underway to create a Special Interest Group focused on personal protection and the associated skills,” explained Mounfield. “I know that Excellentia Limited will be a fantastic partner for this Special Interest Group.”
Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s Fund
Sadly, the Evening of Remembrance was Garry Evanson CSyP FSyI’s last formal engagement as chairman of The Security Institute. It was announced to the members present that Dr Alison Wakefield FSyI of the University of Portsmouth, who’s currently vice-chairman of the Institute, will step into the chairman’s role in 2018.
As an official supporter of The Security Institute, Risk UK would like to pay tribute to the sterling efforts of Garry Evanson during his chairmanship and also wish Dr Alison Wakefield well in her new and vital role at the organisation.
During the Evening of Remembrance, money was raised for the Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s Fund, which provides financial support for worthy causes involving officers and staff.
The event was sponsored by Integral Security, a business that provides its clients with tailor-made, integrated security systems. The Institute would like to thank the company for its ongoing support.
*Further information about The Security Institute’s 2018 events programme is available online at www.security-institute.org or by telephoning 08453 707717