From recovering an escaped prisoner to saving a man's life, our Security colleagues face challenging situations on a regular basis and they have been recognised for their bravery, quick-thinking and compassion with awards from the British Security Industry Association.
Among those to receive an award was the Security team at York Teaching Hospital. Kevin Richardson, Kyle Lowson and Terence Williams won the Best Team award for the Yorkshire region in the Security Personnel category of the 2019 British Security Awards. In the past 12 months, they have been involved in numerous incidents, from apprehending a fugitive on hospital grounds to performing CPR on an elderly gentleman after he collapsed at the main entrance to the hospital. They also watched over an aggressive patient threatening suicide, assisting the medical team during a four-day bedwatch.
The three were recognised not just for the way in which they deal with such incidents but also for creating a dedicated and dynamic close-knit team that is properly informed, supported and motivated. Their award submission was supported by the hospital's Head of Security, Janet Mason, who wrote: "They regularly prove that they care about what they do and the effect this has on the patient experience. I am extremely proud of the team we have, both at York and Scarborough."
Also successful were Josh Woolhouse, who won the Outstanding Act award for the Yorkshire region after saving the life of hospital porter Shaun Marshall when he collapsed, and the Security team at North Bristol NHS Trust's Southmead Hospital, who won the Best Team award for the South West.
Head of Security Steven Gardner said: "These awards are an endorsement of all the things we do, and to be recognised by the industry body is huge, not only for OCS but for the officers."
Mike Reddington, Chief Executive of the BSIA, added: "It is vital that we recognise the great lengths security personnel go to in keeping the public and property safe. More often than not, these security professionals are first on the scene when incidents and emergencies occur and they demonstrate true quality and professionalism in their actions. This year's regional winners are no exception and have shown remarkable achievements throughout the past year."
The winners will now go through to the national awards, which will be held in London on 10 July.
Pictured are the team from York Teaching Hospital