The Metropolitan Police Service has hosted its first awards ceremony at New Scotland Yard to recognise and celebrate the good work of partners within the security industry.
The ‘Police and Security’ (PaS) award ceremony took place on Wednesday, 11 May and was hosted by the Met's Business Crime Reduction Hub.
The PaS initiative aims to improve collaboration and trust between the private sector and the police to enhance public safety and security. It focuses on better understanding and clarity of standards and training; enhanced information-sharing and communication; and promotes the development and sharing of new ideas on how to collaborate effectively.
Detective Inspector Georgie Barnard, Head of the Met's Business Crime Reduction Hub, said: "We wanted to recognise those individuals and teams in the private sector who make significant contributions to the work of the police and protection of the public.
"These awards are all the result of nominations from local police officers and serve to highlight and promote ways that the police and private security Industry work together in partnership on the ground."
Nominations came under five categories and included groups and individuals from across the security industry.
The winners were:
- Partnership and Engagement:
Simon Francis from Dynamo Security Services for a robust drug search policy focussed on the Bexley night time economy.
Jim Baldwin and Indi Thind from the Hounslow Borough Estate Enforcement Team for reducing crime and improving satisfaction amongst residents.
Andy McDermott from Assist Security for reducing crime and disorder in Clapham High Street.
Daniel Baquero, Matthew Pitman and Phillip Jones from Westfield for fostering strong working partnerships to keep staff and customers safe.
Darren Carter from Edwardian Hotels for improving relations between the hotel sector and the Met.
Lewis Gilbert from Andrews International for reducing crime in the Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street.
Khalid Ibrahim from VSG for dedication to partnership with the local police team.
Gordon Glean from Land Securities for his partnership work with police in Lewisham and the local community for more than 20 years.
Terry Vass from Brunel University for driving down crime in the student community.
The Parkguard Night Safe Team for reducing crime in the Islington night time economy.
Mark White from Security Projects UK for work to support police and the Industrial Business Improvement District.
- Intelligence Sharing:
Matthew Smith from Cardinal Security Limited for sharing intelligence to identify suspects involved in crime.
Lewis Gilbert from Andrews International for being one of the main contributors of intelligence to the business community.
The Bookmakers Intelligence Forum for improving intelligence between bookmakers and counter staff.
Michael Wright from Graff Diamonds for sharing intelligence leading to the apprehension of a gang responsible for a series of thefts from vans.
John Murphy from Valliant Security for setting-up the Alcohol Recovery Centre to reduce the burden on emergency services in Kingston.
The Keyholding Company for support the police and the business community with a series of smash and grab workshops.
Westminster Street Pastors for dedication, commitment, and enthusiasm in supporting the local community.
Chrissie Le Marinel, Business Crime Reduction Hub Volunteer, for support to the Met, in particular the Business Crime Reduction Hub.
Greenwich Volunteer Cadets for supporting the Business Crime Reduction Hub.
- Outstanding Act:
Philip Van Der Merwe from VSG for detaining a violent male in possession of CS spray.
Jermaine Callender from Next for assisting police to safely apprehend a male in possession of a firearm.
Yoram Ouanounou from Vigilant Business Protection for apprehending a violent male in Croydon town centre who had assaulted police officers.
Commander Julian Bennett, of the Met’s Territorial Policing Command, who opened the ceremony, said: "The groups and individuals nominated for these awards highlight the excellent work that can be achieved when we share information and intelligence with our security partners, and work together to prevent and reduce crime affecting businesses throughout London."
Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey, added: "We are committed to further improving the way we work with the private security industry and to build upon this success, effective partnership working is key."