The Security Institute launches ‘A Manifesto for Professional Security’

Posted On 22 Nov 2014
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N3892The Security Institute” the UK’s largest membership body for security professionals” launched its ‘Manifesto for Professional Security’ on Tuesday 18 November at the Churchill War Rooms in London.

The Security Institute’s vision is to make professional security more effective” recognised and respected for the value it delivers to society, to organisations in both the public and private sector and to individual members of the public.

The Institute firmly believes that professional security has the opportunity and the responsibility to play a full role in addressing the challenges and security risks of the future.

The organisation’s vision is that the sector as a whole should become recognised, respected and seen as professional by Government, the business world and the public at large.

On that basis, the ‘Manifesto for Professional Security’ sets out what The Security Institute is going to do to make this change happen.

The Security Institute commented:” This is an ambitious Manifesto and requires all stakeholders in this sector” the associations, the trade bodies, the press and the memberships” to come together and work effectively for the good of the profession.”

Needs of Government and society at large

An official statement continued:

(1) We call on all professional bodies in this industry, however diverse, however large or small to be more outward-looking and join with us in working independently and together for the benefit of our profession, the benefit of our industry and the benefit of our society

(2) We call on education bodies to join with us to examine the future development of structured learning programmes designed to upskill the security workforce

(3) We call upon key commercial organisations to work with us to provide the funding and support that some of these initiatives will entail

(4) We call upon Government and its many agencies to establish an enabling, meaningful and ongoing dialogue with the profession to ensure it develops in a way that’s entirely consistent with the needs of Government and society

The Security Institute’s chairman Emma Shaw CSyP commented:” We are proud to present our ‘Manifesto for Professional Security’ to the security community. This is a time of immense change, innovation and development within the security sector. Some of the changes are driven by technology, some by external events and some through innovative approaches via the constant quest to always remain one step ahead of those who would interfere with our safety.”

Shaw continued:” Our Manifesto is a call for closer co-operation and collaboration between the professional bodies, the forums and networks within the security sector. We ask you to work with us to make security a profession of which we can be proud. One that is forward-looking, influential and an aspirational career choice for ambitious young people.”

*The ‘Manifesto for Professional Security’ can be downloaded at:

*Further detail will be available in the December print edition of Risk UK

Art and science of security management

The Security Institute is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1999 for the benefit of individuals working in the security sector. It promotes the art and science of security management and works to drive standards, educate and spread Best Practice across the security sector” a sector responsible for the safety of much of the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure.

The Institute is responsible for managing and operating the Register of Chartered Security Professionals on behalf of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. In conjunction with the Registration Authority it sets standards, provides quality control, appointment and management of licensees and admitted registrants.

The Register of Chartered Security Professionals

The Register of Chartered Security Professionals was launched on 7 June 2011. Established under Royal Charter by The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, the Register itself endorses the main aim of the Company which is:” To promote, support and encourage standards of excellence, integrity and honourable practice in conducting the profession of security practitioners and to aid societies and other organisations connected to such a profession.”

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.