Security Officers of Distinction honoured at 2015 ACS Pacesetters Achievement Awards

FM Contract Watch introduced the Security Officer of Distinction Awards at last year’s ACS Pacesetters Achievement Awards Ceremony. Due to the large number of excellent nominations received in 2015, the cohort of individual awards was duly increased to 14. The trophies were presented on Wednesday 20 May at the Royal Windsor Racecourse by Brian Sims, Editor of Risk UK, who also gave a Keynote Speech.

Security officers put forward for the 2015 Security Officer of Distinction Awards were nominated by the clients for whom they work, endorsed by the contract security company employing them and, ultimately, selected by a Judging Panel comprised of representatives from the main sponsors of the 2015 ACS Achievement Awards (namely Sutton Specialist Risks, The Security Watchdog, Cobia, Eurotech Monitoring Services, Trust ID and Professional Security).

This year’s proud and worthy winners – each of whom was presented with a special trophy by Risk UK’s Editor Brian Sims following citations read by FM Contract Watch partner Terry O’Neil – are as follows:

*Jameel Jobey (Axis Security Services)

*Ian Bunn (Broadland Guarding Services)

*Mark Hough (Churchill Security)

*The Segro Team (Cordant Security)

*Imran Shehzad (GBM Support Services)

*Julian Erwee/Sam Jones (Incentive Lynx Security)

*Deepthi Dharmapalan (Interr Security)

*Dipak Ale (Shield Security Services)

*Steve Thake (TC Security Services)

*Artur Karbowiak (The Shield Group)

*Mehdi Ali (TSS Security)

*Paul Williams (Ward Security)

*Tim O’Callaghan (The Westgrove Group)

*Frank Cullen (Wilson James)

Risk UK's Editor Brian Sims gives the Keynote Speech

Risk UK’s Editor Brian Sims gives the Keynote Speech

In his Keynote Speech, Brian Sims addressed this year’s winners by stating: “You play a vital role in this country’s safety and prosperity. Every day, there are stories of great heroism from security officers, excellent customer service and a willingness to ‘do the job right’. Be proud of what you do. Be proud of the company uniform that you wear. Be proud of the Security Industry Authority licence card that accompanies you on site whenever you’re on duty.”

Sims continued: “Never be afraid to question. If you feel that security could be better managed on your site then make notes and take them to your supervisor. Further, aspire to become a manager and make your career in the security arena. The path towards a security profession in the UK is underpinned by you… Professional security officers. Without you, there is no security service. Keep on striving to do your best because your efforts are greatly appreciated by us all.”

ACS Pacesetters Achievement Awards 2015

Addressing the audience for the main ACS Pacesetters Achievement Awards, Terry O’Neil said: “The last 12 months have seen the Approved Contractor Scheme operated by the Regulator reinforce its position as the home of the most reliable contract security companies in the sector. Any organisation voluntarily offering itself up to independent audit by one of the major national UKAS inspection bodies would seem prepared to go the extra mile in continuously trying to improve the security service offered for the ultimate benefit of their clients.”

O’Neil went on to state: “There are now almost 800 member companies on the ACS Register. Year on year, most companies appear to improve their audit score and, indeed, this has to be the target for each and every one of them. An even greater incentive awaits the very best companies within the ACS, and that’s the opportunity join the ACS Pacesetters. Membership is only open to those security firms gaining a score that places them in the Top 15% of scores achieved by member companies in a given year. To maintain their membership, those companies must maintain that position every year.”

Sutton Specialist Risks presented ACS Pacesetter Achievement Awards to Cordant Security, TSS Security and Wilson James while Cobia gave awards to Interr Security, The Shield Group and The Westgrove Group.

The Security Watchdog, which is part of Capita plc, presented trophies to Broadland Guarding Services, Corps Security and The Keyholding Company.

Trust ID made presentations to Axis Security Services, Constant Security Services and TC Security Services.

Following on from dessert, presentations were made to APCOA Services Group, Churchill Security and GBM Support Services by Eurotech Monitoring. Professional Security’s managing director Roy Cooper then gave awards to Incentive Lynx Security, Shield Security Services and Ward Security.

Prior to the Security Officer of Distinction Awards, the final batch of ACS Pacesetter Achievement Awards was presented by FM Contract Watch to Cobia, Eurotech Monitoring Services, Professional Security, Sutton Specialist Risks, The Security Watchdog and Trust ID.

Keynote Address on behalf of Hounds for Heroes

The 2015 ACS Pacesetters Achievement Awards Ceremony concluded with a fabulous and extremely moving speech by Gulf War veteran Allen Parton, founder and vice-chairman of the excellent organisation that is Hounds for Heroes (ACS Pacesetters’ chosen charity partner).

Hounds for Heroes exists to provide specially trained assistance dogs for injured and disabled men and women of the UK’s Armed Forces and Emergency Services. The charity aims to be in existence for the long term, helping not only those injured in current conflicts but also those who sustained injuries during conflicts past or domestic disasters and serious incidents.

Terry O'Neil and Lynda Moore from FM Contract Watch pictured with Hounds for Heroes' founder Allen Parton

Terry O’Neil and Lynda Moore from FM Contract Watch pictured with Hounds for Heroes’ founder Allen Parton

“Disabled veterans of all the services, both military and civilian, often see the idea of having an assistance dog as being a sign of weakness,” outlined Parton. “As a charity, we intend to break that negative image and promote these very special dogs as badges of ability and honour.”

Parton continued: “It’s very difficult to explain to those who haven’t experienced it, but within the services there’s a very special camaraderie built upon trust, loyalty and teamwork. We aim to replicate that by partnering our clients with a Hounds for Heroes assistance dog who will, quite literally, open doors for them to a more active and enabled life.”

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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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