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Distance learning qualification success for security consultant

Secured by Design member company Cougar Monitoring recently supported one of their security consultants whilst they undertook the Police Crime Prevention Academy’s Site Security Awareness qualification.  

Ben Thompson successfully achieved the distance learning qualification, which evidences understanding the security culture of their organisation and their role and responsibility for implementing it on the site where they work, and which provides him with a UK recognised accredited qualification. 

Established in 1996, Cougar Monitoring offer a wide range of monitoring and response services tailored to each client’s needs, be it a residential, commercial or industry property. Their services include CCTV Monitoring, Intruder & Fire Alarm Monitoring, Patrol Service, Lock and Unlock of premises, Keyholding & Incident Response & Guarding & Manned Security. 

Ben commented: “It has been a great pleasure to be given the opportunity by Cougar Monitoring, who invest in all their employees and do so to help provide a skilled workforce to all their clients. I would also like to thank the Academy for providing such opportunities for individuals to develop and enhance their skills and knowledge in such a crucial industry”.

Head of Academy Guy Collyer said: “We’re delighted that an SBD member company has recognised the advantage for employees being able to nationally recognised qualifications    without the need for that person to be away from home or work in these challenging times. 

“The Academy is the ProQual approved centre with the exclusive link to the Secured by Design initiative and we offer a range of accredited Level 2 qualifications which can be accessed through distance learning, providing the learning materials and support through occupationally competent and appropriately qualified staff.”  

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Cougar invest heavily in cutting edge technology to provide clients with an innovative and inclusive security service, with their high specification alarm receiving and monitoring centre enables them to keep response times enviably sharp and to provide reliable and professional assistance. A fully trained team are on hand to deal with security incidents 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Cougar are approved by the Security Industry Authority as an approved contractor for keyholding, security guarding and public space CCTV and have received the NSI’s ARC Gold, EMS Gold, H&S Gold & Guarding Gold Scheme Certification.

The Academy is part of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives, the police owned, non-profit, 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 maintains close working links with the National Police Chiefs’ Council as well as senior police officers from across the UK, and is the established provider of training for police officers, police staff and partner agencies.

The Academy also delivers a number of qualifications to the private sector, working closely with local authorities and relevant specialists such as architects and planners, and recently launched a number of distance learning qualifications which can be achieved without the need to be away from home or work.  The Academy pride itself in keeping the quality of qualifications at a premium and the costs at a minimum.

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