You may be slightly confused as it is (as yet) largely unknown in the U.K. and was started 3 short years ago on the 24th of July 2016 by members of the security industry in Singapore who recognised that the men and women, were at the front line of the provision of private security services, went about their role quietly, effectively with very little or no recognition, (sound familiar?).
As a consequence, they established a national day of recognition for these security officers who contributed to the security, welfare and safety of the people of Singapore and its businesses. This has crossed over from Singapore to Australia as well as India and it is growing each year and it is time for us in the U.K. to acknowledge the thousands of professional men and women of the private security industry. This is all door supervisors and security officers working in Governments, Commercial / Private security sectors.
Why the date was selected?
The date has been specifically chosen to represent the 24/7 nature of security work. The eventual goal from many countries around the world is to work together to petition the United Nations and have them formally declare July 24th, each and every year, International Security Officer’s Days to celebrate and recognise the contributions made by the often nameless and unseen thousands of men and women who work long and arduous hours in often harsh conditions to keep us safe.
Why bother celebrating?
You may be forgiven for thinking what is the point of this and what will it actually achieve?
The reality is that every day, security officers and door supervisors put themselves in harm’s way to protect the public from danger and this has seen some great news stories in the media where door supervisors have saved peoples lives by jumping into a river and saving a drunk person from drowning to providing first aid and especially CPR to save a persons life.
The other issue is that security officers and door supervisors have by default become the front line defence against violence, crime and disorder and often have to deal with violent offenders while police forces in the U.K. struggle to attend these incidents due to manpower issue in officer shortfalls. The police cannot guarantee attendance at a 999 call.
This essentially means that security officers and door supervisors have to deal with some of the most violent offenders committing horrific incidents of violence until a police unit can be deployed. In one recent case I had a gentleman who had been assaulted and the police were called.
Two Police Scotland officers attended some three hours after the male had been assaulted and yet this was a 999 call.
There is also a lot to be said for the bravery of these security officers and door supervisors during terrorist attacks such as London Bridge and the heroic acts by Door Supervisors and other members of the public in protecting human life and in doing so, putting their own lives on the line.
The truth is that we have a long way to go in recognition for better quality of training and fit for purpose training in anti terrorism, first aid and many other subjects that we have long complained about to the Security Industry Authority.
Yet, very few people will ever recognise the sacrifices that these brave men and women make and that is precisely why we need to make this happen.
The first step is to simply share this blog post as a very simple first step. The next is to have your company make a statement on their social media and raise awareness. We also need to petition our local MP's and MSP's on social media and ask them to share the recognition of the hard working professional men and women of the private security industry. By doing this we help raise a social media platform. We can then start to build upon this local, regionally and nationally to achieve this. This will put direct pressure on the SIA to treat those in the private security industry with the respect that they deserve.
Other things that can be done to raise awareness of ISOD is to use any industry trade associations or professional groups that your are with to post a message of support for ISOD. Also security companies and managers of security companies and especially (ACSA) Approved Contractor Scheme companies can petition the SIA as well as thousands of others to finally give official recognition and show gratitude towards our profession.
Employers can recognise and thank their security officers and door supervisors in their own workplace and the work places they visit while carrying out site visits and tell them that this is the day that their efforts for the year are officially recognised and that you care about them and their work. Another simple way is to send a thank you letter/email to all of your employees thanking them for their hard work and dedication action. I have placed an example letter below that is free for all employers to adapt.
We need to also raise awareness amongst our clients to which security services are provided. This helps grow recognition in professional security provision above those who are not professional security companies and demonstrates that their are great employers out their with great security operatives ready to serve on the front lines of your premises.
Encourage members of the public to recognise and thank these men and women for the work they are doing. A smile and a thank you goes a long way in brightening up the day. When there is enough ground support with most if not all security companies and users declaring 24th July (24/7) as ISOD, we can take the next big step.
Example Letter or Email to be sent to all of your staff...
Happy International Security Officers Day!!
Please see the short video below, that say's it all.(Insert YouTube Link)
I would like to share just a few moments of your time to share my thoughts of each of you and our team. Your work is 24/7 around the clock and 365 days a year, that you protect, watch over and assess the people and property of *****.
Nothing moves in our out of our client's sites without security approval.
There are times that I know that each of you wonder 'Why do I do this type of work' and really there is one simple answer "Because you truly care'!
You care about people doing the wrong thing by others. You care about the people that you protect to ensure they can go home safely to their families, even if that means you may not. On this day and every day, be proud of your job and what you do and I just want to say to each of you, Thank You'. We have a fantastic team that I am very proud to be a part of. Each of you, all add so much to a great group of people protecting our clients.
CEO Security Company Ltd
The future of International Security Officers Day
That is to present and build a case to lobby the United Nations to declare 24/7 officially as ISOD, in recognition of the essential nature of security to modern day to day living, functioning in all aspect of life. Much work is needed to help build awareness and most importantly acceptance and recognition of International Security Officers Day.
How do we grow this?
We all need to all work towards getting the United Kingdom Government and devolved Governments to firstly acknowledge the vital contribution of all the professional men and women within the private security industry and to be the sponsoring country in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
To achieve this you can help support the organic growth of ISOD by getting your company, employer, colleagues, friends, anyone and everyone to get behind this? Thank you in advance on behalf of the tens of thousands of largely lowly paid but hard working security officers and door supervisors out there doing their jobs with responsibility and dedication 24/7!
Both Singapore and India have indicated they can be co-sponsor nations and I will be working with counter-parts in those countries as well as others to help build awareness and recognition of ISOD in the U.K.I will, at a later date post some suggestions on what individual companies, users of security services and also governments can do when July 24th next comes around in 2020.
If you wish to help, please get in touch and we can focus on this much needed issue of recognition of the great and brave men and women of the private security industry.
So help us say thank you and show your appreciation by sharing this blog post as far and wide as possible.