VSG seals one-year deal with MOPAC for self-delivery of Project Griffin training

Vision Security Group (VSG) has just announced a one-year contract with the London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) to self-deliver Project Griffin training. Project Griffin is the national counter-terrorism initiative for the business sector produced by the National Counter-Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) to protect the UK’s cities and communities from the threat of terrorism.

Project Griffin was launched back in 2004. Ever since, specialist officers around the country have briefed somewhere in the region of 100,000 workers each year.

NaCTSO has a requirement to increase the roll-out of Project Griffin tenfold by developing new delivery models, one of which is training third parties to deliver Project Griffin. VSG has been assessed to train to the requirements of the Project Griffin initiative. The assessment ensures that a company has an existing corporate training structure using accredited trainers, operates in the ‘Crowded Places’ environment and will deliver all or any part of the NaCTSO Project Griffin product free of charge.

As part of the process, VSG’s trainers will record attendance on the course to help NaCTSO understand both the use and relevance of each module to the business.

Barry Dawson: managing director at VSG

Barry Dawson: managing director at VSG

“We’re delighted to be part of this important national initiative,” enthused Barry Dawson, managing director at VSG. “In the environments where we work, it’s imperative that we can help our team members to understand the threat from terrorism in the UK, guide individuals on what they need to do if they find themselves involved in a terrorist incident or event that leads up to a planned attack and enable people to recognise and report any suspicious activity.”

Ian Mansfield, VSG’s head of counter-terrorism, was the national lead on this initiative for the City of London Police for over a decade, and has been an invaluable mentor for the company’s teams and clients in relation to Project Griffin.

Dawson added: “We look forward to continuing a close working relationship with our clients to increase awareness and enhance safety.”

VSG celebrates record number of wins at BSIA’s Security Personnel Awards

Eight VSG security officers were recognised at this year’s British Security Industry Association (BSIA) Security Personnel Awards. 12 VSG officers and teams had previously been recognised as regional winners following this year’s judging process.

William Yau, a security supervisor from West Bromwich, and David Harries (a duty controller from Southampton) were honoured in the Best Use of Technology category. Yau designed and implemented a user-friendly database that allows members of the team to access information instantly rather than relying on paper copies. That detail encompasses everything from contractor details through to security incident processes and procedures as well as Health and Safety information.

For his part, Harries has overseen the development and implementation of a new digital communication system, helping to ensure that the transition from the old to the new system was seamless.

Crime analyst Siobhan Meenan was recognised in the Best Newcomer category and commended for her significant contributions towards crime prevention and prosecution.

Meanwhile, Stewart Judd (VSG’s K9 supervisor from Newham in London) picked up the same award for bringing the very highest level of operational skills and practices from the public sector to the fore in the private sector.

Leoni Bromfield, a security supervisor from Stratford, was awarded in the Outstanding Act category along with Saleh Akram and Martin Hall (both security officers). Bromfield was commended for her bravery and quick thinking which led to her saving an injured man’s life, while Akram and Hall both demonstrated “exceptional bravery” in preventing a suicide attempt.

Ronnie Harkison took the Service to the Customer Award, being duly recognised for providing a consistently exceptional level of service for the past 26 years wherein he has become an integral part of the Anniesland Business Park operation and is both known and respected by every tenant on the estate.

Last, but by no means least, Roberta Sasnauskaite was highly commended in the same category in recognition of her exceptional customer service skills.

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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