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March 23, 2021

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UK capability for major event security highlighted in government brochure

The UK Defence & Security Exports department has showcased the UK’s expertise in providing high quality security for events with large numbers of visitors in a new brochure.

EventSecurity-GovernmentBrochure-21The brochure aims to highlight the UK security sector’s strengths to overseas event organisers who want to ensure safety and security. Providing a snapshot of how UK companies can provide a range of products and services to sporting fixtures, concerts, major conferences and more, the booklet explores how UK solutions will help meet the security challenges required.

The brochure was launched on 11th March, coming just a few weeks after the consultation on the new Protect Duty was launched, seeking views from stakeholders on how the UK’s incoming legislation can make the public safer at publicly accessible locations.

In the Ministerial Introduction, Graham Stuart MP, Minister for Exports, notes: “The threats posed by terrorism and serious and organised crime are a global concern, and both governments and the private sector continue to seek solutions to ensure the safety and security of their citizens… Companies in the UK’s security sector have an enviable reputation around the world for their knowledge and expertise.”

READ: ‘Holistic security cultures supported by competent advisors’ – The Security Institute’s response to the Protect Duty consultation 

The brochure details seven security capabilities necessary to deliver secure and safe events for large numbers of visitors. In each, case studies are provided to examine how UK companies can provide (and are providing) the right solutions and expertise.

These seven capabilities are:

  • Planning & intelligence – accessing and making use of the right threat intelligence to prepare the venue and appropriate staff
  • Physical protection – Deployment of a combination of overt and covert solutions to protect visitors, at both permanent and temporary events
  • Screening & detection – Effective solutions to prevent crime, detect illicit or unwanted substances/items, while making visitors feel reassured
  • Reassuring & visible security – Capabilities to keep attendees safe and informed, without appearing overburdening
  • Command, control & communication – Secure control room and communication solutions to enhance situational awareness throughout an event and improve decision making capabilities
  • Incident response – Equipment that allows staff to respond within the venue while minimising disruptions
  • Cyber security – Protecting networks, devices and data from unauthorised access or criminal use and gathering information on perpetrators where possible.

Two highly experienced security professionals share their knowledge on the UK’s capabilities in major event security within the booklet. Colin Morgan, Chartered Security Professional and former Head of Security at Lord’s Cricket Ground and former Head of the Public Order Branch at the Metropolitan Police, shares his own experiences. Meanwhile, Lucy D’Orsi the Deputy Assistant Commissioner at the Met and the UK National Counter Terrorism Lead for Protective Security, offers her perspective on the future of event security.

It is vital, Colin highlights, to ensure a proportionate plan and response is given to the threat, rather than having too much or too little protection. It is also necessary, he argues, to think holistically about the approach – don’t leave gaps in physical, personnel or cyber security plans – and integrate each department.

Lucy agrees with the integration approach, adding that collaboration with the appropriate bodies such as the police, government and private sector will enable greater trust and improved delivery of services.

“UK security, delivered by both the police and private sector, continue to develop and keep pace with the challenges we face,” says Lucy, as she emphasises the UK’s drive to bring new technology and approaches to the security of major events.

Read the full brochure on an introduction to the UK’s capability for major event security.


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