The first 38 guards from the ISS Security business recently graduated with a new police-endorsed qualification for security personnel in FM services.
The security business worked with the Police Crime Prevention Academy (PCPA) to develop the course – The Prevention of Extremism and Terrorism – which is endorsed by The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OFQUAL).
The Level 3 OFQUAL-endorsed course provides additional skills to allow security personnel to deliver peace of mind for clients and communities. The qualification provides a level of ‘future-proofing’ as it is aligned with government plans to introduce a ‘protect duty’ law that will require owners and operators of public spaces and venues to keep the public safe from terrorist action.
The course provides ISS guards with a high degree of expertise to quickly identify potential threats and to protect people and places. The course was designed by the UK police-owned Police Crime Prevention Initiatives, the established supplier to the UK police service for crime prevention learning and development.
David Beveridge, security manager at ISS Security, said: “We see this qualification as another step towards the creation of a professional and highly qualified security guarding service. My team will now have a greater knowledge of the potential threats we face, early identification of such threats and what they need to do to mitigate such threats and assist the police.”
Guy Collyer, head of the Police Crime Prevention Academy, said: “We all share common goals and should be working more closely together so that each party clearly understands the other's role and where boundaries can be clearly set.”
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