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Watch Award

by msecadm4921

The April and May issue of Professional Security feature Project Griffin – how security staff in London and lately the regions get briefed on terrorism risks by police. Below, a related item, how a venue’s managers co-ordinate security and other operations.

Quite apart from the risk of crime, terror or some other catastrophe – everyday business at a 24-hour Manchester city centre site like The Printworks is hectic enough.

Operations Manager, Patrick O’Dowd from The Printworks Centre Management, recently was given a business watch award by Greater Manchester Police (GMP), to mark his work on crime prevention and awareness. Besides looking after tenants and visitors, Patrick liaises with police. The site is a workplace and entertainment magnet – with shops, bars, clubs and cinema. VIP visitors range from Coronation Street actors, Hollywood actor Will Smith last year, and the England football team.

Partnership

Patrick said: “Since The Printworks opened, Centre Management and Greater Manchester Police have consistently worked in partnership to try and achieve our aim of ensuring the highest possible safety and security for staff, tenants and visitors to the centre.  I have always attempted to maintain this excellent working relationship and believe it is the key foundation to a successful and innovative business.”

Watch co-ordinator

Patrick was presented with the award, and a divisional commander’s commendation, at the annual GMP and BSIA security exhibition in Manchester, in March. The day’s organisers include PC Stuart Pizzey, GMP crime reduction advisor. He said: "Patrick typifies what a watch scheme co-ordinator should be and this title is a just reward for his efforts. He is enthusiastic, positive and provides wonderful support to the police.”

CD launch

Launched at the exhibition was an interactive CD-ROM covering crime prevention issues from vehicle security to terrorism. Also launched was a community partnership booklet, giving crime prevention advice. Some 70,000 copies have gone out across north Manchester over the coming weeks.

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