Police and Security Group Initiative
In July 2014, the London Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) launched its Business Crime Strategy. The strategy calls for improved collaboration between law enforcement and business, which asks business to work better with the police through private security initiatives.
The Police and Security Group Initiative (PaS) was launched in December 2014 and aims to build upon existing successful partnerships for mutual benefit through a number of pilots. At the project's launch event, held at City Hall, London, on 1st December 2014, the importance of partnerships between businesses, the police and private security providers were explored through a number of existing success stories from across the city, including the Camden Quiet Streets Initiative and Operation Retail Shield.
Speakers included Philip Jones, Senior Security Manager at Westfield Shopping Towns and Nick Bennett, Estate Security Manager at Canary Wharf. Officially launching the initiative with an introduction to MOPAC's Business Crime Strategy was the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Stephen Greenhalgh.
Leading this project from a BSIA perspective is the Association's Immediate Past Chair, Geoff Zeidler. Exploring the importance of partnerships in a feature article written for City Security magazine, Geoff writes: "The launch event identified that this programme will initially start with three key workstreams: a consultation to identify what all the ‘capability’ participants see as the enablers and barriers to success; a mapping of existing local and national collaboration projects to improve coordination and identify best practice; and the development of a ‘roadmap’ that establishes what success looks like and the steps needed to achieve it. This will be a considerable task that can only be achieved through the support of the whole industry, so the final focus of the launch was to get companies to engage and find out how they can contribute."
Download a copy of the PaS Initiative launch brochure.
Register here to be kept up to date on the PaS scheme.
A consultation survey on the PaS Scheme closed on the 5th February 2015. Results of the consultation can be downloaded here