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City conference

by Mark Rowe

Corporate security and others in business from across London attended a conference hosted by The Shield Group.

The event, which aimed to address key issues facing the security industry, was on Wednesday, June 11 on HMS Belfast, now permanently moored on the River Thames and run by the Imperial War Museum (IWM).

Chaired by Ken Stewart, The Shield Group’s Corporate Risk Director and a Former Detective Chief Superintendent at the City of London Police, over 100 senior customers and guestshad an afternoon of networking, high-tea and presentations from speakers from the public and private sectors.

Tony Porter, Surveillance Camera Commissioner for England and Wales at The Home Office, discussed surveillance cameras and the challenges in using such technologies. Tony began his career at Greater Manchester Police and was appointed Head of CID for South Manchester. In 2008 he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the New Year’s Honours list for service to policing. Tony moved from policing in September 2012 and took the role of Vice President Head of Physical Security Intelligence for Barclays Bank. In his role as Commissioner, he is responsible for encouraging compliance with the surveillance camera code of practice, reviewing the effectiveness of the code and providing advice on the appropriate and transparent use of surveillance camera systems.

Detective Chief Superintendent Jeff Davies, Head of Crime and Counter Terrorism at City of London Police spoke too about CCTV; in tackling crime and terrorist threats. Jeff provides briefings and advice on a range of topics including personnel, employment screening, cyber security and protective security against terror and domestic extremism. Jeff also shared details of the police’s Project Griffin. Griffin, which was introduced in April 2004, was established to aid counter-terror work by the City of London Police and security in the City.

The Shield Group’s Chief Executive John Roddy is also a member on Project Griffin’s committee, aiming to coordinate the resources of the police, emergency services, local authorities and the private sector security.

The Shield Group’s Ken Stewart said: “The Shield Group Summer Security Conference was yet another fantastic opportunity to emphasise the most pressing security issues currently facing the UK and abroad. As The Shield Group is the leading independent Total Security Solutions provider in the UK, we are able to organise such an event which brings a real focus to protecting people, property, assets and brands.”

Chief Executive John Roddy said: “I am proud of the quality and quantity of our guests as it reflects our reputation in the industry and interests in our business. It demonstrates we are changing as a business and are ready to reshape the industry with our unique position in the market”.

The decision for hosting the event at HMS Belfast, pictured, was also due to the fact that The Shield Group was recently awarded the visitor services and security contract at IWM, as featured in the July print issue of Professional Security magazine.

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