The London Bridge City estate has been presented with the prestigious Secured Environments award.
It was made earlier this month by Guy Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer of the Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (Police CPI).
The estate, located in an iconic neighbourhood in the heart of the capital, surrounded by famous London landmarks, is a destination for shopping, entertainment and dining, and hosts a range of residential and business premises.
As such, the area presents a range of security challenges to manage and the award recognises the response to them.
A PCPI statement said: “Recognising these challenges and the benefits that good security management can bring to all users and occupiers of the site, and the surrounding local community, the London Bridge City management team set their sights on achieving the Secured Environments award to ensure an effective framework was being followed.
“To achieve the Secured Environments award, the organisation underwent a thorough audit of their security processes and procedures, as well as consultation with staff, to verify that they were following six key principles to maximise the security of all visitors and users of the area.
“The six key principles of the Secured Environments accreditation are a commitment by an organisation and its leadership to create a secure environment; an understanding of the security risks that it faces; the development of an effective response to reduce the risks to the organisation; a management plan to achieve its aims and objectives; the effective implementation of the security and crime prevention measures; and the monitoring and evaluation of the security and crime prevention measures.”
Presenting the award Guy Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer, Police CPI stated: “It’s a real testament to everybody here’s hard work that you’ve achieved the Secured Environments award, it’s not easy to get, so congratulations for rising to the challenge and meeting the high standards required to achieve the award. Well done.”
Magnus MacAulay, Estate Director, London Bridge City said: “London Bridge City is delighted to have achieved the Police recognised Secured Environments award.
“By submitting our safety and security operation to the rigorous assessment process we have demonstrated our commitment to public safety.
“London Bridge City is determined to continue to provide a safe, welcoming and sustainable place for businesses, the public and the local community and we are committed to working with the Police and other partners to continuously test, evaluate and improve our processes.
“We are especially proud that whilst the assessment was facilitated by our team of security professionals the award was ultimately achieved by the collaboration of a multi-disciplinary team, all of whom are committed to safety, security and defeating crime.”
Jon Felix, Risk and Threat Advisor, CIS Security Ltd noted: “Achieving this certification by working in partnership with our clients, the police, wider community, and the efforts of the teams involved is fantastic.
“The hard work put in by the security, operations and service partners who engaged as a team across London Bridge City, is testament to the levels of commitment ensuring the safety and security of this iconic landmark location.
“Taking into account how the Secured Environment principles and the future of the Protect Duty are being embedded every day at London Bridge City, makes this partnership between CIS and London Bridge City something we are incredibly proud to be a part of.”
The picture shows Magnus MacAulay receiving certificate from Guy Ferguson.
Secured Environments is a police certification scheme. It was established in 2007 and provides a framework for managing and meeting the challenges faced, and it enables organisations to refine their approach and demonstrate that it is effective. The aim is to help organisations to think about their risks and how to make the best use of measures they already have.
Secured Environments was developed through the partnership of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives and Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International Limited (PRCI), a specialist in crime, risk and security management.