UniTrust Protection Services’ security officer Val Trifinov presented with Special Recognition Award

Left to Right: Representatives from the City of London Police Crime Squad, Antoinette Edwards (UniTrust), UniTrust security officer Val Trifinov, Ian Yexley (md at UniTrust), George Westwell of Cheval and Shiv Gill (also of UniTrust)

Left to Right: Representatives from the City of London Police Crime Squad, Antoinette Edwards (UniTrust), UniTrust security officer Val Trifinov, Ian Yexley (md at UniTrust), George Westwell of Cheval and Shiv Gill (also of UniTrust)

Security solutions provider UniTrust Protection Services has presented Val Trifinov, one of the company’s many dedicated security officers, with a Special Recognition Award for his actions while working on an assignment at the ‘Cheval 3 Quays’ luxury apartments development next to the Tower of London.

One afternoon, Trifinov witnessed a confrontation taking place between a woman and a man immediately outside the location and, believing the female to be distressed, went to investigate. It quickly became apparent that the man had stolen a purse belonging to the victim.

Satisfied that an arrestable offence had been committed, Trifinov made a citizen’s arrest, ensuring that the victim and a witness to the incident were looked after separately while he waited for the City of London Police’s officers to arrive on scene. The suspect was subsequently arrested.

On his own initiative, Trifinov interrogated images captured by the location’s CCTV system and was able to provide further intelligence and hard evidence to the police which was essential to assist in the arrest. It transpired that the assailant was part of a Romanian criminal gang responsible for similar offences in the City and West End of London.

The police officers attending the scene were very grateful for Trifinov’s actions and intervention. It was pointed out that: “Ordinarily, most security personnel choose not to become involved in matters not directly affecting the premises at which they work. Val was the opposite, and chose to help. This partnership approach is without doubt the way forward. Helping your neighbouring premises, sharing information and acting to keep the area safe is without doubt key to improving the local environment from a law enforcement perspective.”

George Westwell, director of Cheval Residences, added his appreciation and was pleased that, although the victim was not a resident of ‘3 Quays’, that could very easily have been the case.

Investigation and intelligence sharing

UniTrust’s managing director Ian Yexley commented: “Val’s previous police background in Latvia shone through here. He identified a crime, took control of the situation, dealt with it confidently and, using his own initiative, carried out further investigations to provide more evidence which enabled further charges and intelligence sharing. We’re all very proud of Val. In addition, the support from the City of London Police in this matter clearly shows that they recognise his efforts and commitment to the cause.”

Trifinov was recognised by the police service and UniTrust’s management for his courageous actions. In his acceptance speech, this skilled security officer said: “I was just doing my job” and went on to thank the UniTrust management team for their support.

A Canadian tourist, the victim in this scenario was also most appreciative to the City of London Police and Trifinov for their interventions which meant that she could continue with her holiday. However, she was unaware that UniTrust also provides the security services at the Canadian High Commission and Embassy in the heart of London. It’s a small world!

*Congratulations to Val Trifinov from all of the team at Risk UK and Pro-Activ Publications

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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