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Guards hailed at ACS Pacesetters lunch

Outstanding work by security officers from guarding companies that are members of the ACS Pacesetters scheme was marked at a lunch at Windsor racecourse on Wednesday, May 25.

Presentations went to Axis Security Services; CIS Security; Key Security Group; Sodexo; TC Security Services; ABM Facility Services UK; Kingdom Security; The Keyholding Company; Ward Security; Broadland Guarding Services; Interr Security; Shield Security Services; UniTrust Protection Services (UK); Venture Security Management; First Response Group; Knight Security; Land Sheriffs; and The Westgrove Group. Award sponsors were Cobia, Sutton Specialist Risks, Trust ID, and Eurotech Monitoring.

After a three-course lunch, Vernon Rapley, the former Met Police man now security director at the Victoria and Albert Museum, gave a short talk about the work of protecting museums; and amused the audience by explaining how the Hollywood showing of art thieves – as in the movie The Thomas Crown Affair – is not the same as reality. Vernon presented ‘officer of distinction’ awards, sponsored by FM Contract Watch, to:

Hamed Aminaeeamameh, Axis Security Services, nominated by Sadlers Wells; Tom Atley, Ward Security; Phil Bailey, Westgrove Group; Alan Cutts, TC Security Services, nominated by Toyota Europe; Devin Desbonnes, Interr Security; the Land Securities team, from Broadland Guarding Services; Kevin Greenwood, Westgrove Group; Bishnu Gurung, Shield Security Services; Maverney Jones, CIS Security; James Kelly, Kingdom Security; Lee Klingenspor, Land Sheriffs; Grzegorz Stalmach, Kingdon Security; and the Workspace Group team, from The Keyholding Company. And Lynda Moore of FM Contract Watch presented the Silver Fox award for in-house security team to Graff Diamonds.

A raffle raised £1000 for the charity Medical Detection Dogs, which trains cancer detection and medical alert assistance dogs.

About ACS Pacesetters

The Approved Contract Scheme (ACS) Pacesetters membership is made up of contract security guarding companies who are in the top 15 per cent benchmarking and achievement levels set by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) for its ACS. Visit


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