|MD of Regency Security Gary Powers and Business Director Paul DeAngelis receiving the accreditation certificate|
recently became one of the first door supervisor companies in the UK to be awarded targeted police powers under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme. Chief Inspector Nick Lee and Essex Police CSAS Officer Jenny Ayres presented the certificate to Managing Director Gary Powers at Regency's headquarters in Braintree.
Organisations granted Accreditation Status must meet standards set by Essex Police and individuals must satisfy strict criteria including extensive police vetting and training. Regency's accredited security team will act as the eyes and ears of local police throughout South East. From litter dropping through to anti-social behaviour, they will be empowered to deal with specific nuisances in the interests of public safety.
Each staff member will display a nationally-agreed badge on their distinctive black and silver Regency uniform. This will feature the scheme logo and Essex Police crest to signify their role as extended police family. In addition, door supervisors will carry an identification card stating their name and confirming what powers they have been granted by Essex Police.
The aim of the scheme is to make the streets a much safer and more pleasant place: a goal which Regency Security shares. MD Gary Powers explained: "Since 1993 we have worked with commercial and retail businesses throughout the South East to protect the safety of their employees, patrons and premises. We are delighted to be involved with this scheme right from the start because we believe it will make a real difference to people's security and well-being. Our staff is highly skilled and extremely well trained, and this new accreditation means we can do even more to protect people."
A key factor in the decision to increase Regency's status was the company's existing good work with local law enforcement agencies. Business Director Paul DeAngelis said: "We already work closely with Chief Constable Lee and local authorities to reduce crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour, particularly in the night-time economy, and this scheme was therefore a natural progression for us. Our Guards and Supervisors understand the needs of the communities they serve, which place us in an ideal position to keep them safe."