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Kingdom officers win Security Officer of Distinction Awards

clip_image001Kingdom is absolutely delighted to report that two of their officers have won awards at this year’s ACS Pacesetters Security Officer of Distinction Awards.

Kingdom officers James Kelly MBE and Grzegorz (Greg) Stalmach were among only 13 award winners from across the whole of the UK. These two officers are part of a very select and elite group, and Kingdom is immensely proud of both of them. Only one other security company had two award winners.

To be considered for an SIA ACS Pacesetters Award, the security officers have to be nominated by the client for whom they are contracted, and this then endorsed by Kingdom (their contracting company), with the ultimate winners then being selected by a panel of judges with wide experience in the industry.

clip_image003James (Jim) Kelly MBE was nominated by our client, Grosvenor Estates. For over 15 years Jim has been the Senior Security Officer for Hammerson leading a team of eight officers. The team currently support a prestigious multi-tenanted office – 10 Grosvenor Street. Jim was nominated for a number of outstanding activities, not least of which was his endeavours in saving the lives of two members of the public. On the first occasion, an elderly man collapsed outside the building and James undertook resuscitation until the emergency services arrived. On the second occasion a window cleaner fell four floors onto a marble surface when he failed to connect his safety equipment properly whilst undertaking abseiling as he cleaned the internal windows in the atrium. Jim administered emergency first aid until the emergency services arrived. His actions were later commended by the emergency services. Our picture shows John Legge collecting the award on behalf of Jim who was unable to attend in person. John has worked with Jim for over 15 years.

clip_image005Grzegorz (Greg) Stalmach was nominated by Fran Beasley, Chief Executive of the London Borough of Hillingdon. In January this year Greg was working in the CCTV Control Room at Hillingdon Council when he effectively prevented a serious assault using a combination of his local knowledge, CCTV Systems, effective communication and physical fitness.  Greg’s actions provided the police with a description of the offender, and along with CCTV footage which further supported the verbal statements,  were sufficient to enable a successful arrest. The offender has since pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.

Jim and Greg were presented with their awards at the third ACS Pacesetters Security Officer of Distinction Awards Lunch, which took place at the Royal Windsor Racecourse on Tuesday 24th May 2016. The event was attended by both representatives from the security industry and also clients and, of course, the security officers nominated to receive the awards themselves. The presentations were made by Mr Vernon Rapley, Security Director at the V&A Museum, who also gave an interesting speech on his experience in the field of history and art and the crimes committed by individuals against museums.

Commenting on the awards, Kingdom’s CEO Terry Barton BA Hons said: “For our colleagues to receive recognition and win this award is a fantastic achievement and demonstrates the quality of the people Kingdom employ. We are extremely proud of Jim and Greg and I thank them personally for their excellent work and for representing the Kingdom brand in such a fantastic light.”

Kingdom is a member of ACS (Approved Contract Scheme) Pacesetters. Membership is made up of contract security guarding companies who are in the top 15% of the benchmarking and achievement levels set by the Security Industry Authority Approved Contractor Scheme. Companies have to submit themselves to an annual inspection by one of five appointed UKAS inspection bodies.

To achieve ACS accreditation, companies must achieve a satisfactory score of at least zero. All members of ACS Pacesetters have achieved a minimum score of +128 points, with the current maximum score being +174 points. Kingdom achieved a score of +161 following their last audit in September 2015, putting them in the top 5% of ACS accredited security companies in the UK. As there are currently 790 contract security guarding companies who have achieved ACS accreditation, only a total of 119 companies are eligible to join. ACS Pacesetters says the following about these 119 companies: “These companies, both national and regional, have proved they are market leaders in the security guarding industry and are therefore capable of providing an excellent standard of service to their clients and a high degree of care for their employees. As a client, it makes sense to include companies in the top 15% of the ACS scoring system when compiling your tender list.”

Innovative, independent and driven to explore new ways Kingdom successfully manage thousands of service personnel to the highest standard specialising in security, cleaning and environmental protection. Our national network of regional support offices manage thousands of service personnel to the highest standard, benchmarked by all the major UK quality accreditation bodies.

Established in 1993 and operating nationally, commercial and service strength supported with organic and acquisition growth has seen Kingdom become one of the largest independently owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise. Commercially strong they have a strategy to continually grow and strengthen by expanding their services and offering a complete support service to their customers.

Kingdom take a fresh approach to the support services market: adapting to the proliferation of new technologies and emerging security threats, whilst also offering their customers a leaner, smarter and more connected way of working.

For more information about Kingdom and all their services, please visit www.kingdom.co.uk or call 0845 051 7702.