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WATCH: Critical importance of security personnel during COVID-19 showcased by Securitas

Three videos have been produced by Securitas, all designed to showcase the importance of security personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic. The BSIA has shown its support for the videos, and welcomed activities like this as part of its campaign to challenge traditional perceptions of security professionals.

The videos show in-depth interviews with security officers across three countries and their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ian McCulloch, a Mobile Patrol Officer with Securitas UK described his experience during the pandemic: “Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, our roles have been even more demanding. We’ve had to be even more vigilant and carry out extra duties with added responsibilities.

“As critical workers, we are essential in helping to prevent the spread of the virus. COVID -19 is on my mind, all the time and I’m proud of the work I do.  I feel a huge sense of pride knowing that I’m helping prevent the spread of the virus and keeping people safe.”

Danny Williams, Chief Operating Officer, Securitas UK said “From the outset we have worked closely with our clients to proactively manage the risk of infection on-site. We’ve completed detailed security and risk assessments and provided expert guidance and advice, to make sure every aspect of our clients’ unique security and safety provision are met. And as our officers interact with clients and the general public at sites across the UK on a daily basis, it is very important they understand what they need to do to avoid any transmission risk.

“Many procedures have changed and there are lots of new guidelines so clear instructions, training and regular updates are essential in helping our officers interact safely with colleagues, clients and the wider general public.”

Mike Reddington, Chief Executive, BSIA: “It is vital that the work of our industry members showcase the importance of this critical industry, especially as more people are moving around now thanks to some venues across the UK beginning to reopen. The Securitas UK videos and their work on resetting perceptions is commendable, not to mention giving the public a first-hand view from a security officer’s point of view. We are pleased to promote this with the Securitas UK team and incorporating this into the wider campaign.”

The BSIA, the Security Institute and Security Commonwealth (SyCom) have recently joined forces to challenge perceptions and raise awareness of the Professional Security Industry. Often the army of critical security personnel goes unnoticed as they work in creating a secure and safe environment for the public. This work is intwined with the UK’s infrastructure and frequently slips into a ‘hidden workforce’ category. Find out more about the campaign, here.


The BSIA is also set to hold a broadcast with leading industry experts on how security officer services will adapt and be perceived as we leave lockdown. The webinar – ‘Security personnel – return to normality?’, will be broadcast on Wednesday 15th July at 14:00 (BST).  holding a BSIA Broadcast with leading industry experts on how security officer services will adapt and be perceived as we leave lockdown and navigate the effects of COVID-19 on the industry and the infrastructure of the country.

Register here.

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