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Strengths W


hat do you believe are the key strengths of the


security sector for protecting our people, property and community in 2020?


Richard Jenkins CEO


National Security Inspectorate (NSI)


The key strength that shines from the


professional security sector


security sector leaders SWOT analysis for 2020


Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats W


e asked a range of senior representatives from security organisations to contribute to a SWOT analysis, focusing on


Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats for the security sector in 2020.


is its people. From the front line to the boardroom, the commitment within the sector is staggering.


People building partnerships: you see it all the time with frontline security officers working with the public and their client organisations. Police-private sector partnerships are equally invaluable. One such is the ‘false alarms’ partnership which has reduced the rate of false alarms by over 90% over the long term and which continues to improve year on year.


As long ago as the 1980s, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) – now the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) – in agreement with industry agreed the standard to which intruder alarms should be installed and connected. The standard PD 6662 is the benchmark for routine inspection of around 1500 installers by NSI and SSAIB – both UKAS accredited and wholly independent assessing bodies – and the Alarm Receiving Centres that monitor for alarm signals.


Many security professionals will be familiar with a SWOT analysis: the management technique for assessing you or your organisation’s position before embarking on a new strategy. In this article, we have used this powerful tool to assess the security sector from all angles, with views from leaders in security who are at the forefront of taking the sector forward in 2020.


In this first part, we’ve asked about the Strengths: where does the security sector perform well? What are the significant improvements and developments in the sector? Then we tackle Weaknesses: what could the sector do better? What challenges must be addressed to continue the improvement of the sector?


On the following pages, we’ve focused on the


Opportunities open to the security sector in 2020. What should all security professionals and organisations be ready to take advantage of and take forward? How can we turn our Strengths into Opportunities? And lastly, highly pertinent to the security sector, what are the Threats in 2020 and how should we be prepared for them?


We include responses from: Richard Jenkins, NSI


David Mundell, Axis Security Jason Towse, Mitie


Mike O'Neill, Optimal Risk Group Crawford Boyce, Wilson James Peter French, SSR Personnel Mike Hurst, ASIS UK Chapter Amanda Mcloskey, CIS Security Nick Smith Genetec and Andy Kynoch, ICTS UK & Ireland


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Partnership is built on people working to agreed standards, accepting an independent inspection, delivering a safer, more secure environment with police responders more effectively deployed to far fewer ‘wasteful’ false alarms. Victims of crime are better supported, and the public purse far better managed as a result.


Looking forward, industry is developing greater automation: in 2020 the industry sponsored ECHO will launch its platform – a hub for the receiving of all verified alarms signals triggered in the UK and dispatching to the appropriate police control room, saving time and increasing accuracy of alarm signals. This facility could also serve the 52 fire and rescue services, with similar efficiencies in the deployment of fire and rescue teams.


People committed to partnership and to continual improvement of process serving public safety are at the heart of the sector. People: the security sector’s greatest strength as we go into the 2020s.


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