City Security Council Launches in London

City Security Council Launches in London

Wednesday the 29th May saw the official launch the City Security Council (CSC) in the City of London.

David Ward, CEO of Ward Security said “It has taken a year of hard work to get to where we are today, but we now have 18 security companies who want to work together to help each other improve standards in the industry. We will be working on joint exercises and sharing best practice and will do all we can to support the City of London Police and the Corporation of London in times of need.

“Many people have been involved in the project but special thanks to Paul Barnard, Richard Woolford, David Evans and Adrian Moore who takes over as Chair today, without you this may not have happened.

“A website with further information will also be launched today, so if you run an ACS approved security company that works in the Square Mile and would like to get involved please do get in touch.”

The launch was well attended, with representatives of the 18 security firms involved, together with senior officers from the City of London Police, together with our own CT lead David MacCrimmon, who was invited to attend and give a input into what we have instituted in Scotland with partnership working with police and security firms, the Security Industry Safer Scotland group.

Paul Barnard, Security Risk and Mitigation Manager at Ward Security spoke of the City Security Council journey so far, and recent media reports on international, and domestic, extremism and associated terror attacks, and the need to collaborate, share best practice and have a commonality in approach to incidents. 

During the formative working group to set up the City Security Circle, they identified 3 strands of key work;

  • Testing and Exercising including PSI volunteers.
  • Communications/communications/communications!
  • Standards of training and delivery.


Commissioner of the City of London Police, Ian Dyson, spoke of the need to do things differently, to support business, and that the security industry is at the heart of the solution to help keep people safe.

He went on to talk about the challenge ahead and what can CSC do? Look at the threat.  Collectively we have to protect against the threat posed by International and Domestic Extremism, to apply learning and think broadly about that threat. Communication; you can never have too much of it and you can always improve.  Use modern technology and message appropriately. Hone the message and make it relevant, and work with the police.


The CSC founding security members are;


o          Allied Universal (Europe) Ltd

o          Amulet Security

o          Axis Security Services Ltd

o          CIS Security

o          Cordant Security Services

o          Corps Security

o          Global Aware International

o          ICTS

o          ISS

o          Kingdom Security

o          Profile Security

o          Securitas

o          Smart Sec Security

o          Ultimate Security

o          Unitrust

o          Universal Security

o          VSG

o          Ward Security


The key figures of all the founding security members involved signed the terms of reference, setting in place the City Security Circle.

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