Protector Group invited to sign up to Commonwealth Games Framework Agreement

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Police Scotland and Glasgow 2014 have today (Monday 18 November) announced another major step towards the provision of a safe and secure Commonwealth Games.

In line with the existing safety and security processes for the Games, a number of companies have now been invited to support Police Scotland’s significant staffing commitment to the event and provide security and stewarding personnel as part of the overall safety and security operation.

This delivers on the commitment to learn from major events like the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, putting Police Scotland in charge of Games safety and security and providing a mix of police officers, private security guards, stewards, and military personnel to cover all aspects of the security operation.
Police Scotland Deputy Chief Constable Steve Allen, Security Director for the Commonwealth Games, said:

“Glasgow 2014 will be a fantastic sporting event which we want to ensure people can enjoy, from the starting blocks to the finishing line. From the time that athletes and spectators start arriving in Scotland to the Closing Ceremony, it is Police Scotland’s absolute priority to ensure a safe and secure Commonwealth Games.

“To deliver that, Police Scotland and the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee have spent many months developing a programme through which we will work with the private security industry to deliver appropriate levels of security and stewarding staff. These staff are expected to be deployed in a range of specific, targeted locations across the footprint of the Commonwealth Games, from Games venues and accommodation to training facilities.

“We have today confirmed that 19 companies have been invited to sign up to framework agreements. Police Scotland will always have the lead role and responsibility in delivering Games safety and security, with private contract security staff used in roles which do not require police officers to carry out those specific functions such as stewarding and venue and site security.

“Police Scotland, working with a wide range of partners, has a track record of delivering large-scale events safely and securely. For Glasgow 2014 we will be using the appropriate mix of police officers, security guards, stewards, and military personnel as part of our planned operation, Police Scotland and the Organising Committee are confident that Glasgow 2014 will be a success in every sense, an event that will be remembered for years to come and one that athletes, spectators and the people of Glasgow and Scotland can fully enjoy.”

All companies invited to participate in the safety and security programme have gone through a robust and competitive tendering process. Companies who sign up to the framework can be awarded various security or stewarding work. The plans for private security delivery for Glasgow 2014 have developed following extensive engagement with the industry itself and looking at experience elsewhere, including the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

DCC Allen added:

“Our planning for safety and security for Glasgow 2014 has been subject to significant levels of scrutiny. It is well-advanced and on track.”
David Leather, Glasgow 2014 Chief Operating Officer said:
“Glasgow 2014 has been working positively and collaboratively with Police Scotland and the private security industry to develop security and stewarding solutions which will play a key role in delivering a safe and secure Commonwealth Games next summer.
“We recognise and value the important role that private security suppliers have to play and we have created an opportunity for a wide range of security providers to contribute to delivering a safe and enjoyable Games experience for athletes, officials and spectators.
“Glasgow 2014, Games Partners, Skills Development Scotland and colleges across Scotland are involved in providing up to 3000 people with the qualification to enable them to access job opportunities in the security industry, which is a positive outcome for the individuals and for Scotland.”

Companies invited to sign up to the framework are:

Private Contract Security
Allander Group
Controlled Event Solutions
Corps of Commissionaires Management Limited
Kingdom Security Limited
Securigroup Services Limited
Servoca Plc
Show and Event Security Limited
Showsec International
Sword Event Guard Limited
The Protector Group
Total Security Services
Vigilant Security
Wilson James

Contract Safety Stewarding
AP Security (APS) Limited
Garrion Security Services Limited
G4S Secure Solutions (UK) Limited
Norse Commercial Services Limited
Protectevent
The Protector Group
SecuriGroup Services Limited
Show and Event Security Limited
Showsec International
Stadium Traffic Management Limited
Sword Event Guard Limited
Security personnel are in place to protect and safety stewards are in place to maintain spectator safety. Both operate under separate legislative requirements which require personnel undertaking the tasks to be suitably trained and qualified.