first UK security providers to have passed the Scottish Approved
Contractor Scheme (ACS). The approval extends the accreditation G4S
already holds in England and Wales.
The Security Industry Authority’s Approved Contractor scheme
distinguishes accredited companies as the best suppliers of private
security in the UK. The objective of the scheme is to protect the
public by raising and maintaining standards within the private security
industry, offering confidence to customers when choosing a supplier.
G4S continues to lead the industry, introducing new standards ahead of
the compulsory introduction of licences for security officers in
Scotland which comes into effect in November 2008.
The roll out of the scheme in Scotland introduces the same principles
that already apply to security firms operating in England and Wales.
The accreditation uses a comprehensive audit via focus groups,
customers and employees to examine the company’s commitment to
corporate social responsibility, customer service delivery, performance
and staff development.
Doug Hewitson, Managing Director, G4S Security Services (UK), commented:
“We fully support the ACS initiative and the SIA’s commitment to
raising standards in the security industry as it increases public
confidence in third party suppliers. The ACS standards resonate with
our own company goals and we are pleased to see that feedback from the
auditors has highlighted G4S’ focus on successful customer partnership
and staff training.”
The ACS accreditation became effective on 17 September.
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