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Live demos at Expo

The International Security Expo has announced the line-up for its Government Zone when it returns to London Olympia on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 27 and 28.

With those responsible for border control, transport, security, terrorism, trade, the private sector in attendance, visitors are invited to debate, network, and discover the latest projects and plans from UK Government departments and agencies. This includes Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC), Counter Terror Policing, British Transport Police, National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO), UK Defence & Security Exports (UKDSE), Border Force and Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA).

For the first time, the Expo welcomes FCDO Services (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Services), a trading fund providing services to support diplomacy, development and defence for the UK government. They also offer services and advice to foreign governments and international organisations closely linked to the UK; the Publicly Accessible Locations (PALs) team, who are part of the Homeland Security Group in the Home Office, are also exhibiting; plus the UK National Nuclear Laboratory (NLL), a UK government owned and operated nuclear services technology provider covering the whole of the nuclear fuel cycle.

Attendees can watch live demonstrations within the Government Zone. Border Force will bring along a classic VW Camper van to highlight how space can be used and adapted within a vehicle, by a smuggler. Butch – a trained Border Force dog – will be showing how it searches for hidden contraband.

Also there will be the National Deep Rummage Team (NDRT) – who search commercial vessels, using breathing apparatus, and medical equipment for confined space search and rescue. NDRT work with the National Crime Agency (NCA) and other intelligence agencies to disrupt the supply of drugs entering the UK via the sea.

The event’s free-to-attend, CPD-certified conference will bring Government officials together to discuss security topics. Among the speakers confirmed are Sergeant Peter Lucas, Community and Business Engagement, National Project Servator Team – City of London Police on day one. He will cover how law enforcement uses Servator and See Check and Notify (SCaN) to disrupt hostile reconnaissance.

On day two, the conference will hear Kate Downs, Designing Out Crime Manager – British Transport Police. Kate is the National Manager for the Designing Out Crime Unit (DOCU) where she has the responsibility for designing out crime and offering vulnerability advice to internal and external partners. Anita Friend, Head of the Defence and Security Accelerator – Defence and Security Accelerator will go over DASA’s work.

Also on the second day the International Risk and Resilience Conference, supported by conference partner Resilience First, will look at high-level policy issues with more advice from those who were instrumental in creating it. The Minister for Government Resilience and Efficiency will outline the post-pandemic developments in the Government’s approach to resilience planning and implementation. This post supports the Minister for the Cabinet Office in delivering Cabinet Office policy, and has responsibility for efficiency, resilience planning and cybersecurity.

At the Global Counter Terror & Serious and Organised Crime Summit, sponsored by SkopeNow, attendees can hear Shaun Hipgrave, Director Protect and Prepare – Homeland Security Group (HSG), and the Publicly Accessible Locations (PALs) Team. Sure to be discussed will be the proposed Protect Duty.

The Expo has an Advisory Council of 68 from the industry; including new members Anna-Liisa Tampuu, Co-Chair of the Inclusive Security Special Interest Group, the Security Institute; Satia Rai, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, IPSA; Letitia Emeana, Head of Security at Unilever who chairs the ASIS UK Chapter; and Beena Chester, Director of Business Engagement, Resilience First.

Rachael Shattock, Event Director, International Security Expo, said: “We pride ourselves on being the place where global security leaders and experts, academics and specialists come together to network and discuss the latest challenges and trends with policymakers and government leaders. This year is no exception with a raft of impressive and experienced speakers ready to share their knowledge with attendees. There is no other event that provides the vital link to strengthen relationships between Government, industry, academia, and the entire end-user community. We’re looking forward to welcoming back an impressive array of Government representatives, and the wider security community for what promises to be a stimulating and insightful two days.”


Photo by Mark Rowe; the Expo show floor in 2019.


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