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BSIA members help resource communications hub for 2012

Members of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) have embraced the opportunities provided by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to increase public and private sector cooperation, by putting forward volunteers to man the Cross-sector Safety and Security Communications (CSSC) hub. 

The physical hub officially came into action to coincide with the start of the Torch Relay last weekend (Saturday 19th of May) and will continue to operate until the end of the Games. It forms an essential part of the CSSC, a partnership initiative between the Police, Government and industry that brings businesses and their networks together to ensure they receive timely and authoritative messages to stay safe and secure in the lead up to, during and after the Games.

The hub will facilitate communications from Police BRONZE Community, the National Olympic Coordination Centre (NOCC) and the London Resilience Team to ensure the relevant and required messages are being provided and cascaded to the sectors involved. It consists of up to 10 volunteers at any one time, four of which have been provided by BSIA member companies.

David Evans, Project Director for 2012 at the BSIA, commented: “The BSIA is a strong supporter of the CSSC initiative, and to see that our members too have understood the benefits of becoming involved in it is very pleasing. In busy times when resources are already stretched, volunteering staff to carry out duties outside your organisation can be a big ask, so our members’ commitment is not only appreciated, but also demonstrates the value of the project.”

The security sector is united in supporting the CSSC and a number of organisations have undertaken to promptly cascade the messages received to their members and constituents. These organisations include ADS Group Ltd, ASIS International, BSIA, Info4Security/UBM, Infologue.com (Interconnective Ltd), International Professional Security Association (IPSA), National Doorwatch, Professional Security Magazine, Securitas Security Services, Security Industry Authority (SIA), and Security Institute.

To receive the messages from the CSSC, businesses can sign up for free, by going to www.neighbourhoodlink.met.police.uk or following the Metropolitan Police Service at
www.twitter.com/metpoliceuk and www.twitter.com/co11metpolice (for public order updates). Earlier in the year, the BSIA also launched a dedicated webpage to help visitors keep updated with the messages. The site can be viewed at www.bsia.co.uk/CSSC

The project will provide a worthwhile platform for communications to continue following the Games, providing an ongoing legacy for London 2012.

Editors Notes

The British Security Industry Association is the trade association covering all aspects of the professional security industry in the UK. Its members provide over 70% of UK security products and services and adhere to strict quality standards. For more information see www.bsia.co.uk, email info@bsia.co.uk or telephone 0845 389 3889.

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