A review of security partnership events in 2022 with CoLCPA, CSSC, CSC, SyI & CSyP
The City of London Crime Prevention Association (CoLCPA) works in partnership with many other security organisations; including the City of London Police, Cross-sector Safety Security Communications (CSSC), City Security Council (CSC), Security Institute, Security Commonwealth and the Chartered Security Professionals Register. Here we track the events and collaborative projects of the CoLCPA and its partners during 2022.
28 January: CoLCPA meeting at Saddlers’ Hall, City of London
The CoLCPA hosts monthly meetings at Livery Halls in the City of London. These include speakers from the City of London Police on the latest threats and prevention advice on crime and terrorism, and specialist updates. The speaker at the January meeting was the hostage negotiator from the City of London Police, who provided an intriguing and helpful insight into their work, and how those in security can support them.
CSSC Updates throughout the year
During January and the remainder of the year, the CSSC distributed updates and advice from a range of sources including:
- Counter Terrorism Policing
- National Business Crime Unit
- National Fraud Intelligence Bureau
9 February: CoLCPA meeting at Haberdashers’ Hall, City of London
Speaker Saskia Garner from the Suzy Lamplugh Trust spoke on their extensive work to minimise Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG). CoLCPA has adopted VAWG as their priority theme for the coming year, sharing information and resources and collaborative events.
21 February: Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces end of COVID restrictions
The end of the majority of COVID restrictions in the UK was signalled by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on 21 February 2022. During the two years plus of the COVID pandemic, the CSSC sent regular updates and advice from government, national and local sources.
24 February: Russia invaded Ukraine
City Security magazine, working in partnership with the CoLCPA, provided analysis and expert views of national and world events and their impact on security and crime prevention throughout the year.
February / March: Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (WCoSP) extends support of trauma packs in Livery Halls
21 March: CoLCPA meeting at Drapers’ Hall on Dealing with Protest
Andrew Donaldson CSyP MSyI discussed ways to effectively identify, assess and mitigate the risk of protest, applying some lessons learnt from dealing with other types of security threats. At the same meeting, City Security magazine Article of the Year 2021 was awarded to Mike O’Neill of Optimal Risk.
8 April: CoLCPA meeting at Grocers’ Hall with speaker Richard Jenkins, CEO of the National Security Inspectorate (NSI)
Richard Jenkins spoke about the work of the NSI in its role as an independent, UKAS-accredited certification body in the security and fire safety sectors. Its mission is to secure the highest standards of safety and security for buyers of commercial and domestic fire and security systems, guarding and security services.
28 April: Security Institute AGM
The Security Institute AGM provided an opportunity for reflection on the past year, sharing plans for the future, and for Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, in her role as their Royal Patron, to provide an insight into her interest in public safety and security.
17-19 May: Joint CPA / CSSC / City Security magazine stand at IFSEC International at ExCel, London
20 May: City of London CPA AGM at Vintners’ Hall
Chaired by Don Randall MBE, with speakers City of London Police Commissioner, Angela McLaren; Town Clerk and Chief Executive of the City of London Corporation, John Barradell OBE; Chair of City of London Police Authority and Patron of CoLCPA, James Thomson.
2-5 June 2022: The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend Celebrations
CSSC messages relating to the arrangements for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations were sent prior to and during the weekend of celebrations.
June: CoLCPA Summer Event hosted at Investec Bank roof terrace (in main photo)
Investec kindly hosted the City of London Crime Prevention Association summer event, enabling senior figures and CoLCPA members to meet, network and share advice and guidance to help improve security and crime prevention in the City of London.
13 June: CoLCPA meeting at Tallow Chandlers’ Hall with speaker introducing CityINTEL
The City Security Council (CSC) and the City of London Police (CoLP) introduced CityINTEL – a new joint communications platform that allows real-time incident information to flow rapidly between the CoLP Joint Command Control Room (JCCR) and the CSC members who are based in the City of London.
1 July: Register of Chartered Security Professionals admits 250th registrant
The Register of Chartered Security Professionals announced the admission of the 250th registrant: Deputy Chief Constable Jane Gyford.
28 July to 8 August: Birmingham Commonwealth Games
CSSC messages were sent throughout the Commonwealth Games.
8 July: CoLCPA meeting at Clothworkers’ Hall, with speaker Assistant Commissioner Peter O’Doherty
7 September: CSSC AGM hosted at PWC
Sir David Veness stood down from the consultative board of the CSSC and received a vote of thanks.
Peter Clarke took over from Sir David. He said he has a long history of supporting the sharing of information so believes what the CSSC does is vital and makes a massive contribution. He believes we need to be as well informed as possible and cannot be complacent. One thing we can be certain of is that the CT threat will change and develop. New challenges include civil disobedience and public disorder and attempts to disrupt the food supply chain. CSSC can help on the preventative side, through the provision of timely accurate information.
8 September: Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
In response to the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Operation London Bridge was launched – the multi-agency response led by the Royal Household and His Majesty’s Government. CSSC sent daily messages during this time of mourning and in the preparation for the funeral and other ceremonial events, such as the Lying-in-State.
16 September: CoLCPA meeting at Grocers’ Hall with speaker Simon Ancliffe on Responding to Terrorist Incidents
Simon spoke about the research undertaken by CPNI into terrorist incidents. This has been used to develop guidance and new immersive training courses so that organisations can respond to terrorist incidents as effectively as possible and save lives.
26 September: Annual dinner of the Register of Chartered Security Professionals
Baroness Henig CBE DL hosted the annual dinner of the Register of Chartered Security Professionals on the 26 September at the historic St. Ermin’s Hotel in London. In attendance were 110 CSyPs and their guests.
27-28 September: Joint CPA / CSSC / City Security magazine stand in Government Zone at International Security Expo at Olympia London
30 September: CSSC North East Meeting
Each of the CSSC regions hosts events for members. As an example, CSSC North East hosted an event in Leeds with about 50 attendees and some excellent speakers, including Figen Murray. The meeting also included CTP training, with ACT Strategic and ScaN as well as a speaker on online extremism.
25 October: CoLCPA meeting at Carpenters’ Hall
On Women and Children’s safety with speakers from the Safer Business Network, Night Safety Charter and British Transport Police.
The CoLCPA is donating £500 to Bromley Brighter Beginnings Home – in line with their theme of ‘Women and Children’s Safety’. They help women and children escaping domestic violence and families on the poverty line. In addition to their daily requests, each year they produce Christmas Hampers with the basics needed such as shampoo, toothpaste, some treats and a Christmas present and book for every child on their system (this was 500 last year). Most are in temporary accommodation and these hampers make a real difference. They are a team of volunteers and rely on supporters who donate, deliver, collect and purchase items.
16 November: the CSSC Annual Charity Dinner
In ‘Old Library’ of the Guildhall, City of London
Early November: Joint campaign with City of London Police and Crimestoppers to prevent phone snatching in the City of London.r
15 December: CoLCPA winter event hosted at Investec Bank, London
Investec is kindly hosting the City of London Crime Prevention Association winter event again, enabling senior figures and CoLCPA members to meet, network and share advice and guidance to help improve security and crime prevention in the City of London.