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Landing on desks is the April 2017 print issue of Professional Security magazine. Printed before the March 22 terror attack on Westminster, we bring the first of a three-part update on Project Servator, the British police patrolling and counter-terror tactic. Over the last four years we’ve reported on its use in the public and retail space in the City of London, at mainline rail stations in the capital, at Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games; and now at Sellafield nuclear plant, where the 100pc armed police force the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) is using Servator as part of the site’s protective security – with the aim of making security layers start even beyond the physical perimeter.
To start a run of articles, we call in at a coffee shop over the road from the Home Office to speak to Tony Porter, the surveillance camera commissioner, ahead of his launching the national surveillance camera strategy. We report on Windsor, which like other councils is reviewing its public space CCTV. And on the fraud prevention side, we talk to the women behind the Fraud Women’s Network, which is about to enjoy its tenth anniversary; and report from the tenth annual conference of the Midlands Fraud Forum. One of the country’s leading policemen countering fraud admits that in swatches of the world, UK police is unable to physically go after the cyber criminals.
We start a look at FM (facilities management) by talking around the table with the various people making services happen at a PFI hospital. And we report on retail loss prevention – how one high street retailer has adapted, and what a pair of industry surveys say about the convenience store sector.
We bring you our MD Roy Cooper’s gossip for and about manufacturers and their sales people, and regular contributors Una Riley (on the launch of the Trailblazers apprenticeship scheme, trailed last issue) and Jim Gannon (who laments on the state of the UK’s prisons); and pages on and about installers, four pages of ‘spending the budget’, and four pages of new products and services, and a book review page; and a page of pictures from the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals’ spring ball charity fund-raiser.