Entries will open on Monday 2nd October 2017. 

Please read the category descriptions and criteria below before entering. You will also need to read the entrants code of ethics before submitting your entry. To read the code of ethics, please click here.


2018 Nigerian OSPA Categories

  1. Outstanding In House Security Manager/Director
  2. Outstanding Contract Security Company (Guarding)
  3. Outstanding Security Training Initiative
  4. Outstanding Security Installer/Integrator
  5. Outstanding Event Security Team
  6. Outstanding Security Partnership
  7. Outstanding Law Enforcement Initiative
  8. Outstanding Security Officer
  9. Outstanding Female Security Professional
  10. Lifetime Achievement

 

 


1. Outstanding In House Security Manager/Director

In house security managers/directors can operate in different ways, they may work as advisors to the organisation or be a head of a team or department. Whatever the role, this category recognises those who through security expertise, business acumen and/or skilful and innovative leadership approaches, have led the security portfolio with distinction. Outstanding performers will be leaders and innovators who are setting examples that others will wish to follow.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the role of the security manager/director and the ways in which he/she has led change in the organisation including the security impacts of any partnership approaches adopted with different stakeholders. (500 words)
  2. Provide details of the value added by the security manager/director and his/her impact on the work of the security department highlighting the specific leadership qualities that generated any benefits noted. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the ways in which the role has driven security performance
  • Highlighting the factors that enable the manager/director to excel
  • Identifying the ways in which the role has influenced wider business operations
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrating the improvements made to people and/or process and systems

2. Outstanding Contract Security Company (Guarding)

This OSPA recognises those who are outstanding suppliers of manned security guarding. In the modern world the provision of manned guarding services has become a much more skilled task. Motivating staff, managing resources in an increasingly competitive and price sensitive environment, up-skilling, recognising the distinct importance of front line leadership, making the most of technologies, forging internal and external partnerships and making them work are just some of the trends that are leading to new approaches and thinking about manned guarding. The object of this category is to recognise the outstanding performers in making a positive difference.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the security guarding company and the service it provides, highlighting key distinguishing features. (500 words)
  2. Describe how the security guarding company has displayed outstanding performance and deserves to be recognised with this OSPA. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the key distinguishing strengths the company displays
  • Highlighting the business approach, specific skills and tactics that underpin performance
  • Identifying examples of business success in initiatives, procedures and policies
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with stakeholders
  • Demonstrating how high performance and benefits are sustained


 3. Outstanding Security Training Initiative

This OSPA recognises individuals or companies that operate a successful training scheme, which promotes outstanding performance and has produced identifiable results. There is a tendency to talk about training and up-skilling as a good thing in itself. In fact in the very least, training should most often be undertaken in response to an identified need, with a programme that is suited to best meeting a skills gap, that is well articulated and delivered, and results in an benefits in terms of better performance. This OSPA looks to recognise those who have made a difference to improving security practice via training.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the training initiative, highlighting its key features that were responsible for delivering outstanding performance. (500 words)
  2. Describe how the training initiative made an impact in developing outstanding security practices in terms of adding value, improving performance or otherwise driving excellence. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the aims of the initiative and how these are focussed on the customer
  • Highlighting how innovation is displayed
  • Identifying the factors that enable the trainers to excel
  • Providing examples of improved performance
  • Demonstrating the business benefits and how they are sustained

4. Outstanding Security Installer/ Integrator 

This OSPA recognises outstanding performance by security installers, be that individuals or companies. Excelling at security installations requires a rounded approach and often skill sets that include security expertise, project management and customer care. Although security installations are about adding value the precise benefits will vary by type of client and type of installation. This OSPA recognises those who excel at security installations.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the service the installer provides, the main areas of outstanding performance, and how these were achieved. (500 words)
  2. Describe the additional value and benefits that were generated for clients and the factors and drivers that enabled the installer to excel. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the key distinguishing strengths the installer displays
  • Highlighting how new technology and/or innovative techniques have improved performance
  • Identifying the factors that enable staff/leadership to excel
  • Providing examples of client benefits
  • Demonstrating how high performance is sustained

5. Outstanding Event Security Team

This OSPA recognises companies who work to ensure the safety and security at events. Whether a major concert or sporting occasion, or an exhibition or conference, the team must have displayed outstanding performance and commitment to security at the event.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the work of the event security team and the ways in which it has driven outstanding performance highlighting the key factors that have enabled success. (500 words)
  2. Describe the impact of the team highlighting the benefits and value it has generated for different stakeholders. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the key distinguishing strengths of the team
  • Highlighting the business approach, specific skills and tactics that underpin performance
  • Identifying the factors that enable staff/leadership to excel
  • Providing examples of how the team improved security performance
  • Demonstrating business benefits and how they are sustained

6. Outstanding Security Partnership

 

This OSPA recognises a successful security partnership that delivers outstanding performance. ‘Partnerships’ is an over used word in security. Frequently partnerships are identified as crucial to good security but often may involve little more than collaboration, a very different thing. What is known is that effective partnerships are most often the result of good planning around identifiable objectives designed to deliver specific benefits, and are typically characterised by good management/co-ordination.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the partnership and the benefits it provides. (500 words)
  2. Describe how the partnership demonstrates outstanding performance and why the partnership deserves this OSPA. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the role of the partnership and the key benefits it provides
  • Highlighting the business approach, specific skills and tactics that underpin performance
  • Identifying the factors that enable staff/leadership to excel
  • Providing examples of outstanding performance for stakeholders
  • Demonstrating business benefits and how they are sustained

7. Outstanding Law Enforcement Initiative

This OSPA recognises an initiative from governmental bodies/that is police-led that have developed a security scheme that has a positive impact on the [COUNTRY] security community and led to an improvement in security and safety.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the initiative and its key objectives and any innovative aspects that have led to its success. (500 words)
  2. Evidence how the initiative benefits its target group highlighting the role of management/partnerships in generating an effect. (500 words)

The judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the aims of the initiative and the needs it meets
  • Highlighting how it enhances police/law enforcement objectives
  • Identifying the factors that enable staff/leadership to excel
  • Providing examples of improved performance/relationships with stakeholders
  • Demonstrating the different benefits and how they are sustained

8. Outstanding Security Officer

This OSPA recognises the security officer demonstrating the most outstanding performance. It will be awarded to a security officer who is highly committed to security work, showing enthusiasm, initiative and displaying security competence in different areas including in the development of stakeholder relationships. The officer will have had a beneficial impact on the workplace positively influencing operations and having been recognised for achieving outstanding service.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the role of the security officer and the ways in which he/she has led change in an organisation including the security impacts of any partnership approaches adopted with different stakeholders. (500 words)
  2. Provide details of the value added by the security officer and his/her impact on the work of the security department highlighting the specific leadership qualities that generated any benefits noted. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the key distinguishing strengths the individual displays
  • Highlighting the factors that enable the individual to excel
  • Identifying the ways in which the individual has influenced client operations
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrating the overall value added by the individual’s contribution

9. Outstanding Female Security Professional

This OSPA recognises a female security professional, at any level of an organisation, who has consistently shown outstanding performance over an extended period of time and has had a substantial impact upon defining and driving standards in the security sector.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe her role, including key moments and prominent achievements throughout her career. (500 words)
  2. Describe how outstanding performance has been at the forefront of activities throughout their career, how this person has encouraged others to perform outstandingly and how they have contributed to raising performance standards throughout the security sector. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the ways in which the individual has driven security performance
  • Highlighting the factors that enable the individual to excel
  • Identifying the ways in which the individual has influenced security sector and/or client operations
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrating the overall value added by the individual’s overall contribution

10. Lifetime Achievement

This OSPA recognises a senior member of the security community who has been working in the industry for over 30 years. It recognises an individual who has consistently shown outstanding performance over an extended period of time and has had a substantial impact upon defining and driving standards in the security sector.

The winner of this category will be nominated and decided by the OSPA judges.

The Judges will be awarding this category to an individual who has shown outstanding performance in:

  • The roles held by the individual and the significance of them to security
  • The factors that enable the individual to excel at what he or she has done
  • Their influence on the security sector
  • Building effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • The overall value added over his or her career