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New qualification for ISS Security Services staff

ISS Security Services have been working with the Police Crime Prevention Academy to develop a new qualification for security guards deployed by ISS, The Prevention of Extremism and Terrorism qualification.

The announcement of the new qualification coincides with the Minister of State for Security at the Home Office, James Brokenshire, announcing plans to introduce a ‘protect duty’ law that will require owners and operators of public spaces and venues to put measures in place to keep the public safe from terrorist action, part of the government’s commitment to improve the safety and security of public spaces.

The proposed legislation will put the onus on venues to consider the risk of a terrorist attack and take “proportionate and reasonable measures to prepare for and protect the public from such an attack”, with such measures including increased physical security, training and conducting exercises for staff on what to do during an incident.

The government has said that it will continue to engage with industry bodies to encourage them to adopt best practice, as well as working with the Counter Terrorism Police and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) to extend the reach of advice, guidance and training across all sectors.

The Prevention of Extremism and Terrorism qualification is a Level 3 OFQUAL endorsed qualification, delivered by the Police Crime Prevention Academy. ISS, who have provided security services to organisations throughout the UK since 1968, will be putting 120 staff through the qualification over the next 3 months.

The course is delivered by qualified and experienced experts and covers hostile recognisance, the use of open source material, communications, response and actions that can be taken that will assist the police in their response or investigation.


David Beveridge, Security Manager at ISS said “We see this qualification as another step towards the creation of a professional and highly qualified security guarding service. My team will now have a greater knowledge of the potential threats we face, early identification of such threats and what they need to do to mitigate such threats and assist the police”.

The Head of the Police Crime Prevention Academy, Guy Collyer said “I see this as a valuable collaboration between the police and the private security sector. We all share common goals and should be working more closely together, so that each party clearly understand the others role and where boundaries can be clearly set”.

The Police Crime Prevention Academy (PCPA) is part of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (PCPI), the police-owned organisation that works on behalf of the Police Service throughout the UK to deliver a wide range of crime prevention and police demand reduction initiatives.

The Academy’s qualifications have been developed as a result of an agreement between PCPI and the College of Policing, with the Academy assuming responsibility from the College of Policing for the running of crime prevention and designing out crime courses on behalf of the UK Police Service.

The Academy maintains close working links with the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), as well as senior police officers from across the UK, and is the established supplier to the police service for crime prevention learning & development. As part of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives, the Academy is affiliated with the Secured by Design (SBD) initiative, so is the leading expert in delivering Secured by Design standards and guidance.

The Academy has been delivering the nationally recognised generation of ProQual approved and OFQUAL accredited qualifications in crime prevention and designing out crime since September 2018, with its links to the Police Service ensuring that the qualifications are constantly adapted to keep pace with changing patterns of criminal behaviour.

In addition to being the established supplier to the police service for crime prevention learning & development, the Academy also delivers a number of qualifications to the private sector and seeks to work closely with local authorities and relevant specialists such as architects and planners.

Further information about the range of accredited qualifications offered by the Police Crime Prevention Academy can be obtained by visiting or emailing: