Chief Constable of South Yorkshire presents the University with Secured Environments accreditation

Secured environmentsThe Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, Stephen Watson, presented our President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, with the Secured Environments award for good security management.

Secured Environments is a police certification scheme awarded to organisations that are able to show that they have adopted six key principles for protecting themselves against crime. It recognises that the University is maximising the safety of staff, students and visitors and covers the main city centre campus, University-owned accommodation and AMRC buildings. It was one of the largest evaluations that Secured Environments have ever done.

Head of Security for the University, Richard Yates, said: “Achieving this award has been a University-wide effort, from the Vice-Chancellor and UEB, senior management, the security team, and the unprecedented number of colleagues who supported us by completing the survey that was sent out in January.

Secured environments Richard Yates“This accreditation allows us to demonstrate to students, staff and visitors at our University that we are committed to security and safety, and that this has been independently audited against a high set of standards outlined by the National Police Chiefs’ Council.”

At an event held in the Chancellors’ Room, Firth Court, Stephen Watson met with Sir Keith, Richard Yates, and members of the wider Security Services and EFM team. In a short address he recognised the endeavour that goes into taking evidence-based practice in security and putting it into place in a complex environment.

The Secured Environments accreditation is valid for three years and will benefit University staff, students and the local community, as well as business and research interests. It confirms that our security practises and processes are to a high standard and Security Services will continue to work hard to ensure this remains the case.