The City Security Council (CSC) says it’s opening membership to all UK based security companies who are SIA-ACS approved or working towards the British Standard.
The CSC says this move to broaden its membership follows its collaborative approach working with the City of London Police and emergency services in London; as a voice to represent the security industry (as in March at the start of pandemic lockdown, when the security guarding sector sought ‘key worker’ status from the UK Government).
Previously, any security company wishing to join the Council was required to have a presence working within the City of London, to promote the sharing of information and collaboration between security companies, the City of London Police and City of London Corporation; as seen in February in a training exercise in the City; that is, pre-pandemic. Now, the CSC says it’s looking to create stronger and more effective collaborative partnerships with police and emergency services nationally.
David Ward, co-founder of the ACS Pacesetters security guarding company Ward Security, is chair of CSC. He said: “Since our inception in 2019 we have quickly grown in membership and impact. We have successfully proven the benefit of working closely and collaboratively within the City of London and the CSC is now recognised as a leading and authoritative voice of the security industry. During the pandemic we also showed that collectively as a council we were able to strongly voice and represent the interests of thousands of security officers at Government level. Importantly, we were fundamental in getting these security officers the recognition they needed and status as essential key workers.
“We now believe our collaborative approach will have benefits for security companies, police forces, communities and security officers all over the UK. We would like to welcome these companies to join the council and help them establish networks within their communities. We also want to continue to promote high standards which is why we will continue to promote the ACS standard alongside our Charter to our members.”