Security News » News http://www.securitynewsdesk.com Security News, Publishing, Products and more... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:00:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Protecting the UK’s critical national infrastructure takes planning http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/17/protecting-the-uks-critical-national-infrastructure-takes-planning/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/17/protecting-the-uks-critical-national-infrastructure-takes-planning/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:48:50 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=42729 Escuador Consulting Associates have given SecurityNewsDesk an exclusive glimpse into how to protect an area of critical national infrastructure from threat.

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Philip White, Associate Director of Escuador Consulting Associates

Philip White, Associate Director of Escuador Consulting Associates.

Since the attacks of 9/11 and subsequent worldwide atrocities which have been perceived as ‘acts of terrorism’ it has been increasingly important to identify and protect vulnerable areas and structures. This is being achieved by the national Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), national/ local Counter Terrorism Security Advisers (CTSA) and specialist police task forces working in cooperation with other agencies and organisations to formulate joint responses to threat and threat protection.

Escuador Consulting Associates has been involved in securing a number of such vulnerable facilities in recent years, and have given SecurityNewsDesk an exclusive glimpse into what it takes to protect an area of critical national infrastructure from crime and terrorist threat. Philip White, Associate Director of Escuador, used a project Escudar was involved with, which saw the protection of a major arterial route in the north of England, as an example to demonstrate what is involved in ensuring the safety of areas of critical national infrastructure.

Escuador highlights the crucial necessity for an accurate initial threat assessment of any vulnerable structure or area to be undertaken before any security measures are put into place. The following are key questions that must be answered as part of this assessment process:

  • What is the nature of likely threats and from whom?
  • How would such a threat manifest itself?
  • Would the structure or area be the subject of a direct or indirect threat or attack?
  • Are there local environmental issues affecting the structure or area with regard to protection? For example, is there a main gas supply going through the area? How will this be protected?

Once a vulnerable area has been assessed and the potential threats against it identified, the process of detailing the level, or levels of protection required can begin in earnest. This cannot afford to be rushed, as doing so could result in important factors being overlooked.

Each threat must be evaluated on its own merits. This may seem obvious, however Escudar have experienced projects where this basic tenet has been ignored and a security system that is not fit for purpose has been installed. This utterly devalues the requirements and aims of a project and leaves a structure open to attack. Regardless of whether the threat to a facility is classed as a low, medium or high risk the guiding principles behind the specification must remain the same.

The area in the north of England that Escuador aided in securing covered several square kilometres and required a complex approach resulting in a layered and structured protection system. The area included a mains gas supply, an oxygen supply system, an electricity substation and an environmental power supply as well as being in close proximity to a large retail outlet. In addition, the area was crossed by a canal, a river, a railway line and light rail connection, as well as one of the UK’s major motorway networks, meaning that any attack would have massive implications for the whole of Britain’s transport network. The area was also habitually used by drug users and graffiti artists.

These factors obviously presented an array of considerable challenges for the design team. So where to begin? As with any security system design the essential first step must be to address Operational Requirements (OR). Level 1 ORs consist of assessing and addressing the threat and laying out the basic method of dealing with issues to counter threat and protect the target.

For this project, as with any other, extensive discussions with all stakeholders, government agencies, the local authority and the various business interests involved informed the comprehensive Level 1 OR. The findings of which were deliberated between all stakeholders in tandem with the outline financing and relevant legal issues. At the same time, the compulsory process of purchasing a large tract of land surrounding the structures began.

Before the project could move forward, a Level 2 OR had to be produced to capture all the salient points about the solution that would be required. As the structure area was extensive and vulnerable, methods of protection needed to be practical but realistic with achievable goals and timescales precisely laid out.

The projected time scale for the project was set to be four years, however challenges in completing certain essential steps led to unavoidable delays. For example, the compulsory purchase of the land caused a considerable delay, as did securing Central Government funding for the project, as business cases for the project had to be made. Approaches were also made to the National Counter Terrorism Security Office as well as the Home Office and ACPO for additional funding opportunities.

Once the initial steps were completed the installation could begin. First, the area surrounding the structure was extensively fenced off with high security, attack resistant fencing. A bespoke detection system was also an integral part of this fencing structure.

Although earlier delays led to an unplanned for excess cost of £100,000, the extra cost for this detection system was completely worth it. The concept for this system was completely bespoke for this facility. It had never been applied before, nor has it been used since anywhere in the UK, and quite possible the world.  The threat to this area was so uncommon but could have such far reaching implications that a fully bespoke solution was the only option.

In addition to the top-line fencing and detection system, the perimeter was reinforced with an extensive Perimeter Intruder Detection System (PIDS). This not only provided the operators a warning that an intruder was attacking or climbing the fence, it also detected any approaching target within three meters. The PIDS was also integrated with the extensive CCTV system, which consisted of low light capable cameras as well as thermal imaging cameras, providing combined performance parameters. The CCTV control room was fitted with a fully integrated speaker system, enabling operators to address individuals in the area if required and, at the time of installation, this was considered an innovative measure.

As this was such a unique structure, lighting surrounding the area had to be improved to allow CCTV operators to effectively identify targets and ensure reaction teams could be fully briefed about the nature and level of the threat they would be responding to. A full process was laid out for reaction teams to follow when responding to any incident, ensuring they were aware of procedure.  This also detailed the expected delay times when calling in support from local and national police services.

When installation of this pioneering solution was complete every aspect of the system was extensively tested under a range of real life scenarios. All tests included relevant responses and involvement from all stakeholders involved. The exercises were tailored to put the whole system under pressure and test the solution under all conditions of attack to certify all components were fit for purpose.

An attack on this structure could have resulted in great loss of life and immeasurable damage to the UK’s transport infrastructure. As a result, all aspects of threat were assessed in great detail and addressed in the solution to reflect the actual collateral impact that would result should an attack manifest itself.

Securing this and other key areas of national infrastructure is governed by Escuador’s vast experience in examining major terrorist attacks, forensic examination of CCTV and other sources of intelligence over a number of previous attack areas throughout the world. This has driven how we, in the UK, have protected and deterred attacks on vulnerable structures, buildings and areas over the past several decades.

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Marine Armor System extend global reach with exclusive armor systems http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/17/marine-armor-system-extend-global-reach-exclusive-armor-systems/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/17/marine-armor-system-extend-global-reach-exclusive-armor-systems/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:09:43 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=42686 Following on from the continued success of the product, Marine Armor System are excited to announce its global launch and updated website.

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Marine Armor Systems logo (2)Following on from the continued success of the product, Marine Armor System are excited to announce its global launch and updated website.

MAS is an innovative non-lethal vessel protection system based on ballistic blinds, protecting the vessel or rig against pirate attacks and other potential threats such as armed robbery, terrorism and acts of sabotage. The system includes anti pirate blockades, bunkers and armoured citadels or safe rooms onboard, protecting crew with a bulletproof barrier in case of pirate boarding, in line with IMO recommendations.

MAS is part of the Collbaix group, which has over 40 years’ experience in the production, distribution and installation of high security blinds (architectural shielding). Using this extensive experience in providing secure access solutions to both commercial and residential properties, MAS was formed as a solution against naval piracy.

Marine Armor Systems (2)Edurne del Río of Marine Amour System says “Following on from its significant success in Spain we are very proud to be launching MAS globally as a passive solution against the threat of piracy; providing protection to the lives of crew and the assets onboard ship. In the event of a pirate attack response times onboard must be rapid. This is why we have developed a new automatic system which is designed to protect the whole vessel within ten seconds; at the push of a button.”

MAS is manufactured using kriptonia, a patented high-quality material stronger than steel, bullet proof and certified with an FB6 ballistic level (to stop military weapons), designed to protect the most vulnerable areas in any vessel or platform. MAS manufacture, supply and install security hardening systems worldwide onshore or offshore. The system is hidden when not in use, requiring no storage space onboard.

More Information:

http://marinearmorsystem.com/en/

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Former United Nations Security Leader, Sir David Veness, joins Pilgrims Group http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/16/former-united-nations-security-leader-sir-david-veness-joins-pilgrims-group/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/16/former-united-nations-security-leader-sir-david-veness-joins-pilgrims-group/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:34:46 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=42616 Internationally renowned counter-terrorism expert, Sir David Veness CBE, QPM, has joined global security and risk management specialist Pilgrims Group Limited

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Sir David Veness CBE.

Sir David Veness CBE.

Internationally renowned counter-terrorism expert, Sir David Veness CBE, QPM, has joined global security and risk management specialist Pilgrims Group Limited as a Senior Advisor.

Sir David, formerly Under-Secretary General of the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), the body responsible for the global security of UN staff and operations, will further enhance the group’s capacity and capability in overseas security operations in both public and private sectors.

Pilgrims, which provides training and security to government bodies, NGOs and private companies in countries including the UK, USA, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Algeria, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Pakistan and Kuwait, has experienced between 15 and 30% growth annually over the last sixteen years and built an impressive track record protecting its clients in countries with challenging political environments, including a 100% safety record globally.

Sir David, whose vast experience includes the role of Assistant Commissioner (Specialist Operations) at New Scotland Yard from 1994 to 2005, dealing with counter-terrorism and security, comments: “I am impressed by the high quality team at Pilgrims and the leadership of the company. I’m looking forward to contributing as a Senior Adviser to the development of the group at home and abroad and, in particular, I’m keen to support the exemplary security role Pilgrims plays in this industry, which has already been recognised by a series of awards.”

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Sir David is an Honorary Professor of Terrorism Studies at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, Chairman of the London First Advisory Board on Security & Resilience and Co-Chair of the Executive Board of Cross Sector Safety & Security Communications.

Pilgrims Managing Director, Bill Freear, states: “We are absolutely delighted to announce that Sir David Veness has joined the Pilgrims team. Sir David’s knowledge of how markets are affected by global terrorism and his experience of policing and international staff safety and security at the highest level will be invaluable to our strategic planning and is set to further benefit our clients across all sectors. His decision to join Pilgrims demonstrates that he believes in our team and the standards we represent and sees the continuation of Pilgrims strategic growth, both within the UK and overseas security and risk management markets.”

More Information:

www.pilgrimsgroup.com

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Exhibiting at IFSEC 2014? Be part of SecurityNewsDesk’s IFSEC special. http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/16/exhibiting-at-ifsec-2014-be-part-of-securitynewsdesks-ifsec-special/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/16/exhibiting-at-ifsec-2014-be-part-of-securitynewsdesks-ifsec-special/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:05:31 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=42605 SecurityNewsDesk is releasing a special edition of its print newspaper specifically for IFSEC 2014 in conjunction with the exhibition’s organisers, UBM.

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IFSEC 2014SecurityNewsDesk, the most reliable global news source for the security industry, will be releasing a special edition of its popular print newspaper specifically for IFSEC 2014 in conjunction with the exhibition’s organisers, UBM. Where better to promote your participation at the event?

The exhibition, which is part of UBM’s Protection and Management series running from the 17th to the 19th of June at ExCeL London, will be welcoming an estimated 45,000 from across the globe and promises to be the biggest in the show’s history. UBM have invested over £1 million into this year’s show and the industry has repaid this by demonstrating its commitment to IFSEC. Over 94% of the floor plan had been sold by February this year, proving how excited the industry is about the 2014 event.

Brand new for 2014, Security & Fire Installer Live will be a dedicated installer offering located on the show floor at IFSEC International. Catering for security and fire installation companies, this will be the go to destination to source the latest tools, products and experience insightful training sessions. In addition, at this year’s show there is a heavy focus on the Protection and Management Series that includes FIREX International, Safety and Health, Facilities Show, Energy and Environment, and Service Management. The paper will capture all of these features of the show in detail.

SecurityNewsDesk has long supported IFSEC, and we are dedicated to responding to the evolving needs of the industry. Given the growing enthusiasm and increased interest due to the move to the capital city, it seemed natural to provide a dedicated platform for exhibitors to share their news and views about the event.

“SecurityNewsDesk is the voice of the security industry, and as IFSEC is of the most talked about events in the industry’s calendar it was a natural decision to release a special edition of the newspaper and a great bonus to be producing it with the event’s organisers,” said Philip Ingram, Managing Director of Security Media Publishing. “We are committed to providing the most relevant news and views, and we are looking forward to hearing from the show’s exhibitors about the show news they have to share.”

Don’t miss your chance to promote your stand or share your views about the exhibition in our IFSEC special publication, which will be released at the show. To find out how to get involved contact either our Commercial Director, Peter Mawson or our Deputy Editor, Kirsty McMahon via phone, +44 (0)1543 250456, or via email at Peter@securitynewsdesk.com or Kirsty@securitynewsdesk.com.

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Dr Richie Nanda named ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ at Asian Business Awards http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/15/dr-richie-nanda-named-entrepreneur-year-asian-business-awards/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/15/dr-richie-nanda-named-entrepreneur-year-asian-business-awards/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:23:17 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=42595 Dr Richie Nanda, Executive Chairman of The Shield Group, was awarded 'Entrepreneur of the Year' at the annual Asian Business Awards (ABAs) 2014.

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Dr Richie Nanda, Executive Chairman of The Shield Group

Dr Richie Nanda, Executive Chairman of The Shield Group

Dr Richie Nanda, Executive Chairman of The Shield Group, the UK’s ninth largest security solutions provider and TOPSGRUP, India’s most preferred security solutions brand and the first Indian MNC to acquire a security company in the UK, was awarded ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the annual Asian Business Awards (ABAs) 2014, on Friday 11th April 2014, held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, London.

In a glittering ceremony held at the renowned hotel in London, Dr Nanda was named ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ for his vision, drive and hard work in harnessing the vast potential of The Shield Group and leading the company to its current status as the UK’s ninth largest business security solutions provider. Dr Nanda’s companies provide security for some of the world’s leading brands such as Apple, IBM, TATAs, high profile events such as the IPL and World Cricket Champions League, international celebrities, VIPs and prestigious venues such as 30 St Mary’s Axe (The Gherkin) and the Imperial War Museums.

This year’s event celebrated 17 years of the Asian Business Awards which are organised by Asian Media & Marketing Group (AMG) to celebrate UK Asian business excellence, acumen and achievement. Applauding Dr Nanda at the event included a burgeoning and highly influential group of enterprising individuals, public figures and global business laureates primarily from the Indian Subcontinent including Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Home Affairs Committee, Priti Patel MP for Witham, one of the UK’s richest billionaire’s Gopichand Hinduja, Sri Prakash Lohia, Founder and Chairman of Indorama Corporation and Sir Anwar Parez OBE, Chairman of Bestway Group to name but a few. He was presented his award by brothers Vijay and Bhikhu Patel who founded Waymade Healthcare plc and Michael Gove MP, Member of Parliament for Surrey Heath and Secretary of State for Education.

Dr Nanda also celebrated another accolade on the night after it emerged that he has been featured in the Asian Rich List 2014, which is launched each year at the ABAs to profile the country’s 101 richest Asians. Compiled by a panel of external experts and editors of AMG, it is the definitive guide to ultra-high net worth individuals and UK Asian Business success stories. Accounting only for the UK wealth of the richest Asians, the combined value of the 101 wealthiest Asians in 2014 stood at a staggering £52bn with Dr Nanda’s entry of £115M, positioning him as the 55th richest Asian in the UK.

In commenting about his award win Dr Richie Nanda said: “I am so honoured and humbled to have been recognised with the award for the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’. I would like to thank the eminent panel of judges at AMG for voting for me.

‘I am extremely proud and delighted at The Shield Group’s success story. I owe this recognition tonight to my talented, dedicated and hard-working team at The Shield Group, who have worked tirelessly to develop and grow the company further, and to take it to the heights that it has currently reached. We have tremendous plans for the future of The Shield Group, and our aim is to position Shield amongst the top four security solutions providers in the UK within the next two years.’

‘Entrepreneurship is the bedrock of our society and I am a great believer that it is the platform for social change on a global level. Being entrepreneurial isn’t just about making the right business decisions but also about taking the right risks and adopting a fresh approach to business life that pushes you to embark on a new challenge and creative path.’

Asian Business Awards 2014 (L to R Vijay Patel, Mr Solanki, Dr Nanda, Michael Gove MP, Bhikhu Patel) (2)

Asian Business Awards 2014 (L to R Vijay Patel, Mr Solanki, Dr Nanda, Michael Gove MP, Bhikhu Patel)

Dr Nanda is acknowledged by many as a pioneer and the most prominent spokesperson of the evolving global security industry. Dr Nanda took over the reins of TOPSGRUP at the age of 22 when it was a struggling company with revenues of £30,000 pa and 8 customers, to build it into India and UK’s leading security group with revenues in excess of £150 million, 93,000 employees, 120 offices and approximately 8,500 customers. Dr Nanda did this by re-writing the rules for the Indian and British security sector with innovative and forward-thinking initiatives.

In 2012 he acquired the UK’s 13th largest (now the 9th largest), national security solutions provider, The Shield Group, following the completion of a £19.5M acquisition of Shield, initiated with a 51% controlling stake in 2008. The acquisition positioned Dr Nanda as the only entrepreneur of an Indian MNC to purchase a 100% stake in a British security company.

The award and rich list entry also reflected the exceptional results Dr Nanda has seen across the business with his pioneering introduction of the Total Security Solutions (TSS) model to Shield which comprised of creating structured teams by sector expertise with clear account management and responsibilities assigned to workforce and continuous management and feedback. The TSS model helped the company secure major contract wins from clients who had previously tried the “total facilities management ” model in a recession, but now understand the importance of having a specialist security provider.

Under Dr Nanda’s leadership both TOPSGRUP and The Shield Group displayed outstanding results with a growth in EBIDTA of 25% in the financial year ending 31/03/14. For the current financial year ending 31/03/15, the group is expecting to achieve a turnover of £165M with significant EBITDA growth.

More Information:

www.theshieldgroup.com 

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Security Industry ‘Tough Mudders’ – Join the team if you are tough enough http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/15/security-industry-tough-mudders/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/15/security-industry-tough-mudders/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:48:36 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=42587 John Guest of Eligo Recruitment, Chris Worrall of ATEC and Nick Stannard and Luke Webster of Total Security Summit are to tackle the ‘Tough Mudder’ event.

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Tough-Mudder-2012 (2)John Guest of Eligo Recruitment and Chris Worrall of ATEC are joining forces with Nick Stannard and Luke Webster of Total Security Summit to tackle the “Tough Mudder“ event on 26th April.

The obstacle course will test their strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. They will be enduring electric shocks, ice water tunnels and fire walls, all with plenty of mud, not to mention the 12 miles they have to run.

Are you a ‘Tough Mudder’ and want to join them? There is still time to join the team if you are tough enough! Alternatively you can support them and the Jeans for Genes charity by sponsoring them.

To join the team contact John Guest johng@eligo.co.uk.

To sponsor them visit their fundraising page.

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Employees in high risk situations must be trained in effective conflict management http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/15/employees-high-risk-situations-must-trained-effective-conflict-management/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/15/employees-high-risk-situations-must-trained-effective-conflict-management/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:08:12 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=42568 Emotional outbursts, such as conflict, violence and aggression against the workforce are a growing concern. Increasing the need for physical skills training.

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140414-nurse with bruise black and white 3 (Custom)According to recent figures from NHS Protect physical attacks on NHS staff have risen 6% in the last year. Gerry Ellis, member of The Security Institute and Managing Director of Stand2 (Specialist Training & Development) Ltd, responds to this increased risk of conflict by calling for increased awareness and proper training for staff in conflict management.

Emotional outbursts, such as conflict, violence and aggression against the workforce are a growing concern. These situations, in surroundings such as NHS facilities, are likely to be exacerbated by increased demands on staff, decreases in staffing and reductions in resources.  The effects of violent incidents impact both the individual and the organisation, with the organisation often seeing negative cycle with breakdown in morale, increased absenteeism and reduced efficiency.

Much existing training focuses on verbal resolution and is based on the principle that the key skill in managing violent situations is the ability to communicate effectively. This is a dangerous assumption. Although such skills are important, and should form part of any programme, it is dangerous to place so much emphasis on communication skills and ignore the fact that the people who can be reasoned with are generally not the ones who lash out and assault staff.

Despite the clear need for ‘at risk’ staff to understand how to protect themselves and control a potentially violent situation, there is still resistance from managers to provide appropriate training in ‘physical skills’.  One can understand the restraint in commissioning training that includes physical skills as many have witnessed or experienced unrealistic or inappropriate training first hand. However, the benefits of experiencing credible, quality training far outweighs the cost of doing nothing.

Why teach physical skills?

Knowledge and theoretical understanding alone is soon forgotten unless that knowledge can be translated into action. Teaching staff to deal with potentially aggressive and violent people without teaching the associated physical skills is like trying to teach them to play football without a ball!

An aversion to physical skills may be due to management believing that situations can be managed by staff keeping their distance and using good communication skills to deal with conflict. Whilst this is a good starting strategy, it has its limits. For example, how would a member of staff treat a confused patient who may lash out, without getting close to them? What should staff do if an aggressor physically moves closer and blocks any escape?

Closing your eyes, crossing your fingers and hoping for the best may be the answer. Any other solution would, of course, require the application of physical skills.

Legal and Human Resource departments are often concerned about the risk of injury when teaching physical skills, or the perceived risk of litigation if their staff apply physical skills in the workplace. Unfortunately life is not that simple.

To paraphrase former United States President, John F. Kennedy, “Whilst there is a risk involved in any action there is a greater risk involved in comfortable inaction.”

140414-stu teaching 2 black and white (Custom) (2)No training is better than poor training

While I am demonstrating the necessity of physical skills training for conflict management, managers should be aware that no training at all may actually be better for their staff than poor training. Passing poor training over may save more than just money. There is no doubt that ignorance gets people hurt, but so do complacency, false hope and unrealistic expectations.

All too often conflict management and personal safety training is nothing more than rebranded customer services training. This approach, although well intentioned, can inadvertently set people up to fail in an unforgiving environment. Unfortunately organisations often adopt this approach and fail to teach staff what to do when communication skills fail, or teach inappropriate personal safety skills that cannot be applied under pressure.

Another precarious tendency is to teach skills in a modularised way, where key subjects are taught separately. For example, skills such as conflict resolution, breakaway and control techniques are often taught as separate courses. However, these skills are inter-dependent and should be taught together, along with other relevant skills to provide staff with the full range of options they may need. To provide people with only part of a solution makes it difficult for them to see the bigger picture and to respond appropriately under stress.

Who needs training?

It is important that any complex organisation recognises that employees often require different levels of training to match differing operational needs whilst adopting a well-recognised and easy to understand corporate approach.  The type and level of training needs to be identified through risk assessment and the level of protection required by staff in their particular role. This can be broken down by levels as follows:

  • Level 1 Staff who are unlikely to deal with criminal behaviour and/or aggression and violence either because they do not have direct contact with the public or they deal with a low risk client group
  • Level 2 - Staff who may occasionally have to deal with difficult behaviour and/or aggression and violence but can extract themselves from the situation and call upon immediate support where required.
  • Level 3 - Staff who may occasionally have to deal with criminal behaviour and/or aggression and violence, e.g. direct aggression, who may not always be able to call upon immediate support from colleagues when required.
  • Level 4 - Staff members who regularly deal with potential conflict and may have to confront and manage difficult circumstances alone or as a team.

Quality from credibility

The final, but no less important, aspect of training is the credibility of the individual trainer. Even the best programme in the world will be compromised if the person delivering the training lacks credibility in terms of teaching ability and relevant experience.

At Stand2, for instance, we have the advantage that we develop and deliver our own training based on our own extensive expertise, rather than relying on other companies’ products. This expertise allows us to provide a bespoke and flexible programme, based on a proven model which can evolve with the needs of individual organisations.

The practitioner based qualifications and experience of the Stand2 team are too numerous to list, but all the instructors are highly experienced and qualified across a range of sectors including the police, military, security, close protection and health/social care. All of our trainers have completed the NOCN level 3 CARE programme instructors course and also hold a wide range of educational qualifications up to degree level. We always seek to match the trainers with the most relevant experience and qualifications to the clients’ needs.

It is that experience, together with the operationally proven C.A.R.E. (Countering Aggression and Response to Emergencies) system which sets Stand2 apart from other training providers.

The Conflict Management and Physical Intervention training programmes are all based on our unique and highly effective C.A.R.E. Programme, which will teach students to apply a logical and systematic approach to the management of conflict, aggression and violence. The training is principle rather than technique based and as such can be applied in any context, giving staff the freedom to adapt.

More Information:

stand2.com

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Elmdene: Drawing line under graffiti to keep criminal damage in check http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/15/drawing-line-graffiti-keep-criminal-damage-check/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/15/drawing-line-graffiti-keep-criminal-damage-check/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:34:02 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=42556 Contrary to what some of its proponents may argue graffiti is far from being a 'victimless' crime or a harmless means of 'self expression'.

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Mr Ian Moore

Mr Ian Moore, Managing Director, Elmdene International Limited.

By Ian Moore, Managing Director, Elmdene International Limited

Contrary to what some of its proponents may argue graffiti, that appears without permission, is far from being a ‘victimless’ crime or a harmless means of ‘self expression’. As for it being a piece of modern art, how would you like it across your home or building? Unless you have been sprayed by Banksy and can remove the section of wall to sell on then I think not! Experience suggests that problems with graffiti need to be tackled head-on in a proactive manner to stop them soaring out of control and encouraging other forms of disorder and criminal damage.

Despite the adoption in recent years of costly conventional measures to address the issue – such as easy-clean coatings – a walk through any of our urban areas offers a stark reminder that sadly, we are far from winning the battle to curtail this highly visible, and damaging, form of anti-social behaviour. This worrying reality underlines the pressing need for new thinking. Moving ahead we are likely to see technology-based, rather than physical or coating solutions, coming to the fore. In this regard there is tremendous potential for the roll-out of measures, such as an intelligent acoustic graffiti detector, which can identify the actual sound of aerosol spray paint cans being activated, in graffiti hotspots allowing, rapid, decisive steps to be taken from the activation of an alarm to the alerting of the authorities.

Facing up to the Challenge

So what can be done to address soaring graffiti attacks and to prevent this criminal damage encouraging a wider spectrum of anti-social behaviour? Historically a number of approaches have been adopted in an attempt to tackle the problem, with mixed results. One method has simply been to deploy additional physical measures such as fencing to prevent offenders gaining access to certain hotspots which can certainly help to reduce attacks in a limited number of locations. The downside here is that this option is material, time, and labour intensive and is not always a practical, economically viable, or aesthetically pleasing answer as many of the locations where graffiti is found tend to be in public areas, or very large spaces.

In recent years, other solutions have also started to come to prominence. Anti-graffiti measures such as special coatings for walls are now being widely applied. However even this is not foolproof. Although it helps to avoid re-painting or specialist removal, there is still the initial cost to consider and, crucially, the need for cleaning to take place following an incident. This obviously has additional financial implications given the prevalence of repeated strikes and the increased challenge for taggers to try and keep one step ahead of the cleaning crews.

Acoustic detection means that the writing is on the wall for graffiti (2)

Acoustic detection means that the writing is on the wall for graffiti.

Sound Solution

From the evidence above it is clear that there is a requirement for a proactive alternative, one which provides the opportunity to deliver an alert and warn-off offenders before they can leave their mark on a wall – the point when costs really start to rack-up. An economical and award-winning way of addressing this capability gap head-on is to implement advanced acoustic detection technology in the form of a graffiti detector to automatically identify the distinctive acoustic fingerprint of aerosol-propelled spray paint.

The reality is that a graffiti detector is similar in size and cost, and no more difficult to fit, than a standard PIR detector. This means that this sort of device has the potential to be deployed well above head height in a wide range of graffiti-prone locations to stop walls being painted on in the first place. A graffiti detector can be readily used in flexible configurations, via relay output connections, working with or independently of security equipment, whether it be sounding an alarm with a local siren in seconds, alerting an Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) or being integrated as a remotely monitored CCTV solution. In practice this means that a graffiti detector may be operated overtly when tied-in with a siren, which can activate automatically on alarm, or in conjunction with an audio-challenge activated by Remote Video Response Centre (RVRC) operators. A covert approach is also possible where the graffiti detector alerts control room operators who can then take action, including calling the authorities, so the vandals can be arrested at the scene of their crime.

At a wider level, the sophisticated heuristics and algorithms used by the graffiti detector to distinguish specific sounds parallel very much what we have witnessed as a trend in the CCTV world with the roll-out of intelligent video content analysis. By focusing on acoustics, however, the graffiti detector opens up a whole new area of analytics which, by its nature, is not dependent on the prevailing lighting conditions for a successful activation. The key point here is that this makes a detector equally effective day or night.

The Merlin Graffiti Detector is able to identify the sound pattern of an aerosol paint can being activated

The Merlin Graffiti Detector is able to identify the sound pattern of an aerosol paint can being activated

Leading the Fight Back

So to conclude, with the development of advanced acoustic detection techniques, we are seeing a step-change in the way that the whole issue of graffiti is being approached for public spaces, housing developments, refurbishment projects, school buildings, multi-storey car parks, railway networks and commercial sites, from offices to factories. There is now a real opportunity to fight back in the battle against graffiti and the associated criminal damage by deploying an active monitoring device that can recognise the distinctive sound pattern of spray paint in seconds and stop attacks before unsightly damage is done – rather than relying on special coatings or physical measures – and, crucially, make offenders think twice about targeting an area again so preventing further paint application.

A demonstration video of Elmdene’s award-wining Merlin MGD-S Graffiti Detector can be viewed on Elmdene’s YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ElmdeneInternational.

For more information on the Merlin MGD-S Graffiti Detector please Tel: +44(0)23 9269 6638, email: stop-graffiti@elmdene.co.uk or for a datasheet log on to www.elmdene.co.uk.

 

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IFSEC’s move to London generating excitement, says Jamie Barnfield of IDIS http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/15/ifsec-move-london-generating-excitement-jamie-barnfield-idis/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/15/ifsec-move-london-generating-excitement-jamie-barnfield-idis/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:52:32 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=42543 IDIS are set to take advantage of IFSEC 2014 to get the industry talking about its DirectIP solutions. Jamie Barnfield speaks to SecurityNewsDesk.com

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Jamie Barnfield, Senior Sales Manager, IDIS

Jamie Barnfield, Senior Sales Manager, IDIS

IDIS are set to take advantage of IFSEC 2014 to get the industry talking about its DirectIP solutions. Jamie Barnfield, Senior Sales Manager, IDIS, has spoken exclusively to SecurityNewsDesk.com about why IFSEC is the ideal platform to reach the security indutry’s major players.

Why is IFSEC so successful?

It’s the only event, certainly here in the UK, which brings the entire security buying chain under one roof.  As a manufacturer, that’s incredibly important as we can meet distributors, integrators as well as end users.  It’s really become one of the “must attend” events of the security calendar and a great place to catch up with industry peers.  The UBM team do a great job promoting IFSEC, so there’s always anticipation in the weeks building up to the show and even more so this year, with the move to London.

Why are IDIS exhibiting and how have previous years been beneficial?

Definitely to showcase our DirectIP solution suite and get people talking and interested in IDIS. It’s a truly global show, last year we met with installers and end users from across mainland Europe, the Middle East and Asia as well as the UK – the interest was huge. The world’s security trade press gather at IFSEC, so it’s also a great place to launch our new offerings to the press and meet with our media partners.

A previously unknown brand, we launched DirectIP and created a real buzz at the show last year, so we’re really excited to be returning with an extended product line up, some strategic partnerships in place and significant wins under our belts.  We generated a solid number of sales enquiries in 2013 so from a sales perspective I’m hoping for more of the same.

What does IFSEC have to offer the industry as a whole?

It’s a great place for visitors to see advancements in technology with some of the largest global security companies through to specialist technology vendors exhibiting. Security is a serious business throughout the year – and the buzz of the show provides a relaxed yet dynamic atmosphere for networking.   The education program is an opportunity for visitors to gain new insights and knowledge.  You also have the whole Protection Management series under one roof, so there’s plenty for those with a wider interest in facilities and health and safety on offer.

main-1 (2)What do you think the move to London will do for IFSEC? Do you think it will have a positive or negative effect?

I’m a Londoner and to me London is the greatest city on earth, so of course I’m delighted IFSEC has moved to the capital!  The majority of our UK partners are based in the south east so it’s closer for them to visit and the public transport network offers more alternatives to driving compared to the NEC.  City Airport is also on the doorstep, so I’m hoping to see a bigger European audience at the show this year. The fact that some key business districts are also a stone’s throw, should mean an increase in end user visitors.  London provides an inexhaustible range of evening entertainment options, and the locality of good pubs, bars and restaurants should never be underestimated!

What are you showcasing this year?

We will bring visitors to IFSEC the ultimate surveillance experience with the introduction of our range of Ultra High-Definition (UHD) monitors and cameras to the DirectIP solution suite.  With four times the resolution and pixels of full-HD, we will demonstrate unsurpassed picture quality in 4K resolution and the most comprehensive one-stop-shop surveillance solution in the market today.

The range of UHD and full-HD monitors, designed specifically for security applications, extends the DirectIP one-stop-shop philosophy, while our new 4k cameras build on our signature high-performance.

What are you looking forward to the most?

The whole IDIS team comes together for IFSEC, from across Europe and our headquarters in Korea.  We’re a young, vibrant company that is innovative and hardworking yet we also have fun, so I’m looking forward to that exhibition camaraderie as well as networking with industry peers and customers.

What I’m really excited about though is launching the new UHD line up.  It will bring the ultimate home cinema experience to surveillance.  Who can’t get excited about that sort of technology and performance, especially as we’ll launch in the greatest city on earth!

www.idisglobal.com

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The Nautical Institute launches maritime handbook: “Stowaways by Sea” http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/14/the-nautical-institute-launches-maritime-handbook-stowaways-by-sea/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/14/the-nautical-institute-launches-maritime-handbook-stowaways-by-sea/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:15:33 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=42536 The Nautical Institute (NI) has launched “Stowaways by Sea”, a new handbook in the Maritime Security series of books. It has been written by Steven Jones MNI.

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Stowaways by Sea Image Steven Jones (Custom)The Nautical Institute (NI) has launched “Stowaways by Sea”, a new handbook in the Maritime Security series of books. The new guide joins “Maritime Security – a practical guide” published in 2012 and Maritime Security handbook: “Coping with Piracy” published in 2013.

As with the other books in the series it has been written by Steven Jones MNI, who commented: “Stowaways pose significant security, safety, commercial and liability issues for shipping. The problem is a serious one and shows no sign of abating.”

He added that as Maritime Director of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI), his primary focus is on the human element of maritime security. He aims, through the book to make available best practice on protecting vessels, training, and provision of useable and timely intelligence to all, whether they are onboard vessels or ashore.

Stowaways pose significant problems, and the issue shows no sign of abating. For too long practically resolving stowaway has seemingly lacked clarity and process, while there was much theory, there was no real functioning mechanism in place. Thankfully through a number of developments at the United Nations and International Maritime Organization, (IMO), now things are far more straightforward.

Stowaways have become a Master’s and shipowner’s worst nightmare. It is a sad fact that many people, more often than not young men, feel compelled to stow away on ships in search of a new life of perceived opportunity overseas.

It has been stressed that this new book is not an attempt to fix the ills of the world which drive such desperate acts. It has been produced to help seafarers and shipowners to manage difficult security challenges and the logistics of dealing with stowaways.

Alas the many changes and developments in maritime security have not led to a significant reduction in the number of stowaways, the number of incidents or the spiralling costs of dealing with them.

Having knowledge of the risks being faced, and having appropriate responses will ensure that crews can react properly, while protecting themselves and their vessel legally and physically. Stowaways need to be handled with care, and must be processed and documented swiftly, safely and methodically, which calls for skill, knowledge and resources.

In doing the right thing with confidence and with the support of those ashore, shipboard personnel can keep themselves and the stowaways safe and free from harm. They can then take the necessary steps to get the stowaways off the ship as quickly as possible and into the care of third parties or the authorities.

The first aim is to keep stowaways from boarding the vessel; if that fails it is vital to know how to deal with the subsequent problems. If stowaways do get onboard, they need to be found, contained safely with due regard to their rights, and as much information as possible obtained from them to speed up the repatriation process.

The “Stowaways by Sea” handbook delivers the practical guidance needed to keep a vessel secure, while also outlining the processes which need to be followed to bring as swift a possible resolution to a stowaway situation.

The guidance provides help for people who have to deal with stowaways by giving advice on the preparation and training that is needed both onboard and ashore. It contains practical guidance on making a vessel secure against stowaways, managing any that have succeeded in getting onboard, collecting the necessary evidence and organising the repatriation process. It includes an explanation of who stows away and why, how trading patterns affect risk, the responsibilities of all parties involved in a stowaway incident and the importance of reporting.

Maritime Security handbook: Stowaways by Sea is available from The Nautical Institute price: £20; ISBN: 978 1 906915 47 6 http://www.nautinst.org/pubs

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