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BSIA to reward security sector's 'commendable' work

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) will recognise the "commendable and limitless contributions" made by security professionals at its next annual awards event.

It recently announced that nominations were open for the 2017 Security Personnel Awards, with members of the BSIA being encouraged to put forward their nominees before the deadline of November 30th 2016.

Judging for the regional awards will take place throughout December, with those who are successful at this stage advancing to the national judging round in March 2017.

The overall national winners will be announced at the BSIA's Annual Luncheon, the industry group's flagship event in July 2017. This year's celebration took place at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Accolades will be handed out across five categories: service to the customer, outstanding act, best newcomer, best use of technology and best team. At the 2016 awards, there were 34 regional award recipients and 17 national winners, who were recognised for their contributions to community safety and maintaining the industry's positive reputation.

Achievements that have contributed to security professionals receiving honours from the BSIA include life-saving actions, outstanding customer service and excellent teamwork.

James Kelly, chief executive of the association, noted that the industry boasts "an incredible amount" of talented individuals, many of whom exceed expectations "each and every day". He said the BSIA takes "immense pride" in recognising the work of the men and women who help to protect the nation.

"Security personnel are the public face of our industry and are key to the continued growth of consumer trust in our industry," Mr Kelly added. "As such, it is hugely important that we reward the exceptional levels of professionalism displayed by security personnel.

"The awards have traditionally been dominated by the larger companies operating in the security industry; however, our awards are now regularly presented to employees of small and medium-sized companies and they often pick up some of the most coveted awards. I would therefore strongly encourage members of all sizes to participate in nominating their employees for this year's awards."

David Ottewill, managing director of Camberford Law, a specialist insurance broker to the security industry, also emphasised the importance of rewarding the efforts of dedicated professionals within the sector. The firm has sponsored the Security Personnel Awards since the programme began 18 years ago.

The BSIA also acknowledges achievements in the industry through the Chairman's Awards, which are personally selected by the association's chairman, Dirk Wilson. This year, Mr Wilson presented the accolade for contribution to the industry to Detective Inspector Georgina Barnard, who has been closely involved with the Police and Security collaboration initiative.

One of the most important elements of Detective Inspector Barnard's work has been the encouragement of discussions between the Metropolitan Police and the private security industry.

Businesses seeking to ensure stronger protection for their premises and staff might want to look into private security services, which can provide peace of mind for workers and clients, as well as an effective deterrent to criminals.


Posted by Julie Tucker

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