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ACS Pacesetters awards online

As last summer, ACS Pacesetters has been unable to run their Security Officers of Distinction awards lunch at Windsor, as they have in recent years. But on Wednesday, June 16, Pacesetters are running their awards online.

As at the physical awards event – last held in June 2019 – Pacesetters, a group of high-scoring guarding companies that are members of the Approved Contractors Scheme of the Security Industry Authority (SIA), is recognising security officers who have done extraordinary things in the last year, yet just doing their job.

The broadcast online begins at 12.30 hours. A guest speaker is Michelle Russell, since October 2020 the acting Chief Executive of the SIA. She joined the UK private security regulator in January 2020 as Director of Partnership and Interventions.

The compere online is Roy Cooper, the MD of Professional Security Magazine, who was among the panel of judges.

He says: “I was invited to host the event, which I was delighted to do, after having judged all 89 entries. I was quite impressed and amazed at what a security officer has to put up with during the day. Some of them put their lives at risk, and go way ‘above and beyond’, and it’s in a day’s work.

“We have had nominations of people that delivered babies, that have saved suicides, and put their lives at risk to save others. It’s a very difficult decision for the panel of judges, to narrow these down to 12, and I can’t wait to see who those 12 winners are. Good luck to everyone.”

More in the July 2021 print edition of Professional Security magazine.

For more on the awards’ sponsors – they are Centralus PLC, First Response Group Ltd, Orka Works Group, Security & Vetting Solutions Ltd, the SSAIB and TrackTik – visit the ACS Pacesetters website.

Picture courtesy of ACS Pacesetters: the 2019 winners, at Royal Windsor Racecourse.

About ACS Pacesetters

It’s independent of the ACS and the SIA; it’s open to guarding firms that are among the top 15 per cent of the ACS approved companies, according to their score when audited; as about 830 firms have ACS status, that means there can be about 125 members of Pacesetters. The point of Pacesetters; it’s a way for the buyers of security services to make decisions. Visit


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