Corps Security, the leading provider of specialist security services, has recognised five of its officers for their actions during the immediate aftermath of the Westminster terrorist attack, which left four dead and over 50 injured. Corps Security officers are contracted by the South Bank Employers’ Group (SBEG) and on that day members of the South Bank Patrol team were among the first people to arrive at the scene, helping the injured, cordoning off the area and liaising with all the security and emergency services.
Corps Security has worked with SBEG since March 2016 to run the South Bank Patrol which works closely with the police in Lambeth and Blackfriars to improve the everyday experience of people who live, work and visit South Bank.
The South Bank Patrol is trained in advanced interpersonal skills and adopting a non-confrontational approach. This means they are able to help manage anti-social behaviour but they also act as ambassadors for South Bank, helping visitors and Londoners alike with directions. Some members of the South Bank Patrol have targeted powers under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS).
The calm, professional way that the South Bank Patrol performed its duties on 22 March has been praised and recognised by Lambeth’s Borough Commander, Richard Wood, and led to them receiving a Special Recognition Award from Corps Security for their actions on that day.
For Peter Webster, Chief Executive of Corps Security, it highlights the vital role of specialist security service providers. He said, ‘I’m incredibly proud of what our officers did on that horrific day in terms of putting the public first and helping the emergency services attend to casualties. I also know that security officers up and down the country would have responded in the same way, which is why I think that greater respect needs to be given to those who perform security related tasks. They are often unsung heroes in situations such as this and I believe that the professionalism of the security industry needs to be more widely acknowledged.’
South Bank Patrol
South Bank Patrol was founded in 2008 by South Bank Employers’ Group and is funded – through South Bank Visitor Management Group – by revenue from the London Eye Section 106 agreement.
Corps Security was awarded the contract to run the team in March 2016.
The Patrol is also supported by additional and entirely voluntary contributions from business members, and by South Bank Business Improvement District (BID). It provides a highly visible street presence to deter crime and the fear of crime, reduce and eliminate illegal street trading, reduce anti-social behavior and engage with private security teams, police and other agencies throughout the area. South Bank Patrol continues to have an increasing impact on the area and is accredited for the Community Service Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) which allows the team to utilise designated police powers such as seizure of alcohol within a controlled drinking zone, and dealing with anti-social behaviour and low level crime.
South Bank Employers' Group (SBEG)
South Bank Employers' Group (SBEG) is a unique partnership of eighteen of the major employers in South Bank, Waterloo and Blackfriars with a long-term commitment to improving the everyday experience of the area for employees, visitors and residents alike. Over the past twenty six years, SBEG have helped transform a bleak and unwelcoming area into one of the most exciting destinations in the UK. We have dedicated teams which are focused on public realm (capital projects, neighbourhood management and maintenance, security, environmental sustainability), destination marketing, and employment and skills.