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James Moore is the Editor of IFSEC Global, the leading resource for security and fire news in the industry. James was previously Editor of Professional Heating & Plumbing Installer magazine.
July 31, 2020

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UK Guild of Security Industry Professionals launched

The Guild of Security Industry Professionals, launching 1st August 2020 in the UK, has been described as a dedicated peer support network for frontline security workers.

The team behind the Professional Security Officer Magazine (TPSO) is launching the initiative designed to provide a voice for the estimated 400,000 frontline security professionals working in the UK.

Micheal O’Sullivan, Guild co-founder, explained: “Security officers represent the largest section of the security industry, but are the least represented. The Guild seeks to redress this issue and provide a peer support network to enhance the career development of individual members and work to improve the security industry in general.”

The Guild of Security Industry Professionals: (GoSIP) will also provide members with a peer support network. Benefits include:

  • Discounted training opportunities from respected companies
  • Career guidance
  • A conduit for the views and opinions of its members
  • Free CPD resources
  • Campaigning to promote good news and stories of security industry excellence, to counter negative media and public misconceptions, in support of the Security industry initiative to change perceptions of security officers in the public domain.
  • A way to raise concerns to government regarding the unacceptable levels of violence and aggression that security staff regularly suffer in the course of their duties

All verified front line security operatives will be given their first 12 month’s membership free of charge. Ongoing annual registration fees will be on a sliding scale, including ongoing free memberships for colleagues in financial hardship.

The Guild is already said to be working closely with numerous industry stakeholders, to help change perceptions, improve training standards and make a career in physical security a desirable, respected and justly rewarded vocation.

Security Institute, CEO Rick Mountfield, commented on Twitter: “I believe that this Guild will guide and enhance the career development and capability of many Security Officers. It’s vital that we invest in them now! The @SyInstitute [Security Institute] has been supporting this initiative since inception and will continue to do so.”

Rollo Davies, Managing Editor of Professional Security Officer Magazine, added: “There are an estimated 400,000 front line security officers in the UK. The Guild of Security Industry Professionals creates a huge opportunity to represent many of these ‘forgotten’ professionals. It will provide a voice to campaign for improved standards and will work hard to change perceptions of security officers in the eyes of the public.”

Find out more about the Guild of Security Industry Professionals.

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