Focus on a Chartered Security Professional

Mahbubul Islam CSyP MSyI

City of London Sheriffs’ Award for Bravery

DS Joby Reeve confronted a moped gang and was stabbed in the leg, but was able to stop the robbery.

CSSC South East hosts Protecting our Places of Worship Conference 6th November 2019


his one-day conference to help better prepare those responsible for the security at places of worship, was held at Rochester Cathedral. It was sponsored by Ward Security and attracted over 70 delegates from the South East.

Delegates heard from speakers from the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, Kent Police, Kent Fire & Rescue Service and the South East CTSA who shared their knowledge and provided practical security advice and guidance.

There were also insights from Andy Snazell, the emergency planning manager for Southwark Council who dealt with the aftermath of London Bridge and Borough Market attacks; Jonathan Brady, Head of security of St Paul’s Cathedral; and Kevin Thomas of Ecclesiastical Insurance and Fiona Macalister, a preventive and practical conservator, who covered artefact recovery for places of worship.

David Ward, Chair of the CSSC South East, who organised the event said, “As a trustee for Rochester Cathedral, I am acutely aware of the very specific security challenges these venues face around providing a safe and secure environment, while still maintaining free and easy access for all.”

We were very grateful to all the speakers who invested their time to provide such useful and practical advice. We will now look to set up future events during 2020 for our CSSC South East members.

In our ongoing series of profiles of Chartered Security Professionals, we spotlight Mahbubul Islam, the Deputy Chief Information Security

Officer (CISO) at HM Courts and Tribunal Services.

Mahbubul began his career with the Civil Service in 2001 in an operational capacity, while completing a degree in Computing and Business IT. His first role in security was as a Special Projects Business Analyst on the National Identity Cards Programme and then onto a trainee Information Assurance role.

During his time at HM Passport Office, he was able to work on cross-government security projects with FCO, Home Office, GDS, DVLA, Crown Dependency and British Overseas Territories and others. Mahbubul’s security roles have spanned both functional and cyber security; for example, he started out on Physical Security Assurance, then moved to Supply Chain Security Management on Physical and Cyber.

Mahbubul was able to transition into security leadership roles early in his career and this meant he needed to consider various chartered qualifications. He chose CSyP because of its robust applicant process and how it is based on a competency framework.

Mahbubul schieved Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) qualification through his experience of working on two major IT programmes: National Identity Cards and Universal Credit. He says, “On being admitted to the CSyP register, I have taken advantage of a number of benefits. The most valuable benefit has been the ability to meet and engage with colleagues from the register. I have used this to gain support and get advice for my day-to-day activity, as I firmly believe that knowledge and experience is never with just one person. I now support the Security Institute by sponsoring the Cyber and Convergence Special Interest Group (CCSIG).”

Mike Bluestone CSyP, Ambassador for the Register of Chartered Security Professionals © CI TY S ECUR I TY MAGAZ INE – WINT E R 2 0 1 9 www. c i t y s e c u r i t yma g a z i n e . c om

It all started on Saturday 11th August 2018 when DS Joby Reeve, whilst off duty, witnessed a man being robbed by a gang.

When he reached the roadside, with no hesitation, DS Reeve launched himself at the suspects, who were on a moped. He seized and dragged the pillion rider off and, as he grabbed the suspect in a bear hug to detain him, he, the rider and the bike all fell to the ground.

As DS Reeve and the suspect stood up, one of the robbers drew a knife, a blade about eight inches long, with the clear intention to stab DS Reeve in the chest.

In a split-second judgement, DS Reeve kicked the suspect in the torso, which created enough distance at the crucial moment to send the knife into the top of his thigh instead. DS Reeve showed conspicuous bravery at the risk of his own life, stood his ground, the only thing between the suspects and their original victim, and forced their retreat.

In the minutes after, waiting for the police and ambulance, DS Reeve had applied a bandage to his own wound, refused to give up his position and gave clear updates about his injury and what had occurred, despite losing a considerable amount of blood.

DS Reeve didn’t hesitate to put his life on the line for a complete stranger; he was without any PPE or a radio. It was an entirely selfless act and a demonstration of his incredibly strong character and values. His actions were an inspiration in the highest traditions of the City of London Police.

DS Joby Reeve was selected for the ‘Principal Bravery Award’ by the Sheriffs of the City of London sitting at the Old Bailey. The Award was presented to DS Reeve on 7th October 2019 at the Annual Dinner of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, held at The Mansion House, London, by Alderman and Sheriff Prof Michael Mainelli and Sheriff Christopher Hayward. >


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