The Hidden Workforce

The BSIA has joined forces with the Security Institute and the Security Commonwealth to run an awareness campaign to highlight the essential role that Security Officers play in public life, and to increase respect and recognition for their capabilities.

The private security industry has developed vastly in the last 10 years and this campaign is designed to reset the public perception of the security professional.

The campaign will showcase security professionals as a respected, valued, professional service provider contributing to and creating a safe and secure environment: critical to protecting people, places, and property – a key worker that is acknowledged and embedded in our daily lives.

The industry will be reaching out to all companies, professionals and organisations in the sector to participate in the campaign, and hope that over the coming challenging weeks as lockdown is eased, the industry can play its part in ensuring that the country emerges with confidence to start to recover and build for the future.

The recognition of security officers as key workers is the start of a re-appraisal of what service they provide to the community in keeping the public safe and secure.  As we exit lockdown and have to navigate public spaces again, they will have a crucial role in supporting public confidence.  

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Supporting statements from our partners

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The Security Institute

“The security sector is vast with specialisms from Cyber and Engineering to protective services including both technical measures and security officers. The latter engages with society more than the rest but is often overlooked and unappreciated. Great effort has been invested in the professional standards and capabilities of frontline officers and they have proven their worth during the Coronavirus crisis in the UK. They, along with the wider security sector deserve to be recognised, respected and appreciated for the safety and security they provide across the UK."

Rick Mounfield, Chief Executive, Security Institute
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Security Commonwealth

 “The Security Commonwealth is comprised of some 40 organisations from across the security landscape all of whom share common objectives.  

These include building professionalism, raising standards and sharing best practice in order to help develop a more effective security response to keep people safe and secure.  

I hope that this campaign can make more people recognise the changes we have all made and continue to make.”

Guy Matthias, Chairman, Security Commonwealth
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