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Corps Security, the London-based provider of security services, has had its contract for civilian manned guarding and CCTV monitoring at a number of military bases renewed.

In what the security firm calls a highly competitive tender involving some of the UK’s major security providers, Ministry of Defence (MoD) HOCS Commercial will continue to work with Corps for the next three years, with an option to extend for a further two.

Corps Security provides civilian guarding services to six Royal Marines sites in the south-west of England – Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM) at Lympstone, near Exeter; Royal Marines Chivenor, Royal Marines Bickleigh, Royal Marines Norton Manor, Royal Marines Stonehouse and The Royal Citadel in Plymouth.

Gary Broad, Major Accounts Director at Corps Security, said: ‘This is an incredibly important contract to us and we are proud to have the opportunity to provide our services to MoD HOCS Commercial for a second consecutive term. As expected, the tender process was extremely rigorous and we are pleased that the standards that we work so hard to achieve and maintain have once again been recognised.’

The six bases have to be guarded from the possibility of a terrorist or other security threat, the contract company says. With people entering access points on a 24-hour basis, the Corps is charged with checking personal identity cards and vehicle passes and carrying out vehicle checks. Personnel carry out internal and external patrols in vehicles and on foot to maintain a visible presence; and monitor CCTV from designated on-site stations.

The Corps Security team working on this contract has been recognised at the British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) Security Personnel Awards on a number of occasions. In 2014 it won the Best Team accolade, where the judges identified its ability to communicate effectively, carry out duties with enthusiasm and flexibility, and ‘go the extra mile’.

About Corps Security

‘The Corps’ can point to a long association with the armed forces. The Corps of Commissionaires was founded in 1859 by Captain Sir Edward Walter, a retired officer of the 8th Hussars, as a way to provide gainful employment for ex-servicemen on return from the Crimean War. The company’s president, Sir Robert Fulton, is a Royal Marines ex-commandant general and the organisation also has an Armed Forces Corporate Covenant stating its commitments to supporting the UK armed forces. More than 60 per cent of those deployed on the MoD Fleet Commercial are ex-armed services personnel, who are selected for their ability to recognise the types of threats that these environments face. Visit www.corpssecurity.co.uk.


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