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Security staff from Sight & Sound Security have been presented with a national British Security Industry Association (BSIA) Security Personnel Award for ‘Best Team’. The award was presented to the Redbridge College Security team of five at the BSIA Annual Luncheon, at the London Hilton on Park Lane in mid-Julu. The luncheon is the association’s flagship event, enabling the security industry to come together to mark achievements of the past year, while networking with Government, police and others.

The five, aged between 32 and 50, are pictured when commended in regional awards at Redbridge. Sight & Sound have been providing manned guarding security services to the east London college since June 2013. Providing security in such an environment requires a level of sensitivity, professionalism and caring, far above the normal requirements, the security contractor says. The Redbridge College team have built a working relationship with staff as well as other local services and the police, to influence college and community relations.

They have been at the forefront of the college’s drive to help students become more resilient to crime, to be more aware of the benefits of contributing to a safer and stronger community and to reinforce the feeling that the college is a place of safety. The security team has seen it as their duty to help educate students in any way that will help them to develop into mature and successful adults. The security team have had to use their wide-ranging skills to help maintain the college’s welcoming and safe environment, including: resolving verbal and physical altercations between students, delivering first aid and coordinating fire evacuations.

The success of this team the contract guarding firm adds is down to their collective security expertise and experience, the team’s communication skills and their commitment to ensuring that security is an integrated part of the college’s student services. Security Supervisor Paulo Rodrigues said: “It is an incredible feeling to receive this award from the BSIA. We are grateful and proud that Sight & Sound and Redbridge College recognise our hard work, dedication and commitment. This has been such a great day.”

The awards were presented by former British Army Officer and inspirational speaker Chris Moon, who also gave a speech. Chris spent time clearing landmines in Asia and Africa, where he was blown up by a mine and lost an arm and leg; and separately survived being taken prisoner in Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge.


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