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ST21 Glasgow next month

Security TWENTY events, thanks to the covid pandemic, seem like buses – you don’t see any for 15 months, and then several seem to come at once. Since the lifting of covid meeting restrictions in the summer, we’ve run ST Birmingham, Manchester and Belfast. Glasgow is next, on Tuesday, October 5.

For the first time since ST20 Birmingham in February 2020, the first and only ST event of 2020, ST is having a conference running alongside the exhibition, as was the norm pre-covid. The confirmed speakers so far are Niven Rennie, Director of the Violence Reduction Unit (SVRU) – the Scottish Police unit that’s come to set the standard in a public health approach to tackling violence, as applied in London for instance; Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick for one has consistently said, most recently in a speech to the Superintendents Association, that reducing crimes of violence is her force’s number one priority in London.

Rennie’s message is that just as everyone has had a role in tackling the pandemic, whether medics in intensive care units or all of us doing our bit by wearing a mask and washing our hands, so it is when it comes to reducing violence, we all have a part to play. He says: “It will take a massive team effort to protect children from trauma, prevent young people joining gangs or ensure that our homes and neighbourhoods are a place of safety rather than abuse. This isn’t just a job for the police any more than overcoming covid-19 is just a job for the NHS.”

For more from Rennie and the SVRU’s work since 2005, visit the Unit’s website.

David Scott of the skills body Skills for Security is a return speaker to ST Glasgow, this time talking about apprenticeships; in the summer SfS announced a Security Officers Services Apprenticeship, as featured in the September print edition of Professional Security magazine. Due to begin next year, it’s offering an SVQ qualification beyond the training required for an SIA badge, for example covering first aid, and health and safety.

And ST manufacturer updates will come from exhibitors Hikvision (pictured at ST21 Belfast), BT, the incident software firm CritialArc and video storage product firm Seagate. The conference will be chaired by our Security TWENTY regular Michael White.

The ST venue is the same as pre-covid, the Hilton Hotel on William Street downtown. Doors open at 8.30am allowing access to the exhibition with the conference running between 10am and about 1.30 pm. The exhibition will close before 3.30 pm. As pre-covid an informal networking dinner for exhibitors and their guests will run the evening before at the hotel. In eight years of ST events so far, the diners have raised upwards of £100,000 for various UK good causes; ST21 Glasgow we will be raising funds for Children 1st Scotland, a charity to help survivors of abuse, trauma and other adversity to recover.


For more about the SVRU, visit to download the plan that outlines six key actions the SVRU will take to create a safer Scotland.

ST dates and venues

The ST21 year will end as pre-covid in London, except not at Heathrow as usual but at Twickenham Stadium, on Tuesday, November 16. ST is free to attend, whatever your interest in private security, whether as a security manager or installer, consultant or specifier, or something from another field that wants to stay up to date with security products, services and issues. While you can turn up on the day, we do ask that you sign up beforehand, to help us gauge numbers; visit the ST section of the website, or email organiser Liz Lloyd at

For the 2022 cities and dates for Security TWENTY, visit


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