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Security industry "essential in protecting the nation".

The chief executive of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has emphasised the critical role security companies and professionals play in keeping the country safe.

James Kelly was speaking to mark this year's Annual Security Personnel Awards, an event now in its 18th year which recognises the "commendable and limitless" contributions made by security personnel every day.

Accolades are presented to acknowledge exceptional performance across five categories: best team, outstanding act, service to the customer, best newcomer and best use of technology. 


Speaking at the event, Mr Kelly underlined the crucial contribution that individual security professionals and teams make to the effectiveness of the industry as a whole.

"The security industry remains essential in safeguarding our nation, the success of which is determined by the exceptional personnel that work within it," he said.

"We at the BSIA pride ourselves on representing the very best of the security industry and the outstanding contributions made by this year's award winners clearly demonstrates this. We receive a huge volume of nominations every year and the judging process is always very difficult.

"The standard of applications this year has been as high as ever and we are extremely proud to be associated with the talent displayed by our winners."

Presented at the BSIA's annual luncheon at the London Hilton on Park Lane this month, the awards recognised some security personnel who were deemed to have gone above and beyond the call of duty to guarantee the safety of the people and communities they were protecting.

In the category recognising the best teams, there were awards for security services operating at Redbridge College in north-east London and St David's shopping centre in Cardiff.

G4S was also among the winners, picking up awards for the best use of technology and outstanding acts by security professionals.

Another highlight of the Annual Security Personnel Awards was the inspirational keynote speech delivered by Chris Moon, the world's first amputee ultra-distance runner, who also presented the honours.

The event was sponsored by Camberford Law, whose managing director David Ottewill said: "It is important to recognise and reward the hard work and efforts of those dedicated professionals within the security industry. As such, we were very proud to once again sponsor this year's awards."

For many businesses, ensuring the right security arrangements are in place is crucial to the effective running of the company.

One of the reasons effective security is so important in offices and workspaces is the peace of mind of staff, clients and anyone visiting the premises. Workers and clients who can see a visible, professional security presence will feel reassured that the business and its people and assets are safe.

Consulting with a professional security provider can be a good first step for any organisation that wants to gain a better understanding of its specific needs and then put the right protective measures in place.


Posted by Andrew Miller

Image courtesy of iStock/iunderhill 

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