Christmas Luncheon - 11 December 2015

“ …..And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That ate & drank with us upon this St Damasus day.”(With apologies to William Shakespeare)

If you weren’t there, you have missed a superb event and need to book for next year. The Saddlers’ Hall, as usual, made us all welcome and there was a happy throng as the pre-lunch drinks were provided. To read the full report click here.

Carol Service - 4 December 2015

This year we were again very privileged to be able to hold our Company Carol Service in The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula in the Tower of London and we are grateful to the Constable of the Tower, General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL and our Honorary Chaplain, the Reverend Canon Roger Hall MBE, QHC, CF, Chaplain to Her Majesty The Queen and the Tower of London for allowing this. To read more click here.

Employment in Security Seminar - 11 November 2015

Following last year’s successful event the Company was invited back to King’s College London on 11 November to talk to Department of War Studies MA students about careers in Security. To read more about this event click here.

Donation to Prendergast Vale School - October 2015

Thanks to an award from the Charitable Trust, students of Prendergast Vale School in Lewisham will be able to add to their library of ‘graphic novels’. Click here  to read more.

The Annual Dinner - 12 October 2015

The 2015 Annual Company Dinner was held at Plaisterers’ Hall on Monday 12 October. The Plaisterers’ present hall (the first two halls were destroyed by fire in 1666 and 1882 respectively and the third destroyed by bombing in 1940) at One London Wall was opened in November 1972, with décor of the neo-classical style created by Robert Adam in the 18th Century. We dined in sumptuous splendour in the ‘The Great Hall’ which is the centrepiece of the building. It was a truly memorable evening. For the full report please click  Annual Dinner Report

Winner of the 2015 Sheriffs’ Award for Bravery – Zoe Brown

Zoe Brown with Sheriff Dr Christine Rigden and the Master Stuart Seymour

The prestigious City of London Sheriffs’ Award for Bravery was presented on Monday 12 October 2015 by Sheriff Dr Christine Rigden at the Annual Dinner of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, at Plaisterers’ Hall. The Award recognises outstanding acts of bravery by individuals from across the UK who without thought for their own safety act to confront danger in a selfless and inspirational way. The Award was launched by the Company after the 2007 London tube and bus bombings, in conjunction with former Lord Mayor Sir David Brewer.

This year’s winner is Zoe Brown from Manchester. On New Year’s Day Zoe was at home with her partner Matthew and their baby when she heard banging on the window of the house opposite. She saw a man was trying to climb in whilst shouting at the occupant, his partner. The man said that he was locked out and then started to kick the door, eventually forcing it open. Zoe heard the sound of a woman screaming, which continued, so Zoe went to look and saw a female being dragged along by her hair. Zoe immediately ran into the house and pushed the man away from the woman, helped her to her feet and took her outside. The man went back into the house and came out brandishing a knife threatening Zoe’s partner, Matthew who had come to help. Zoe, with no regard for her own safety, launched herself at the man and knocked him to the floor. The couple then managed to restrain and disarm him. Shortly afterwards police arrived and arrested him.

Zoe’s selfless action put her own life on the line to protect others and was an outstanding example of the intent of this award.. After the presentation Zoe said,’I just did what anyone else would have done.‘

2015 Sheriffs'Award Winner Press Release