The categories and criteria for the 2019 Nigerian OSPAs are listed below. The criteria for the OSPAs entries are decided centrally by the OPSAs, and are the same across all participating countries.

The judges are responsible for awarding the winners and finalists of each category. Their decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The award organisers also reserve the right to not award a category if circumstances deem it necessary.

The Lifetime Achievement award will be chosen by the Judges of the Nigerian OSPAs and announced on the evening of the awards ceremony.

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.

Entries are now open until 7th January 2019.

Click here to view the Example question for Outstanding In House Security Manager/ Director. 

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2019 Nigerian OSPAs Categories

  1. Outstanding In House Security Manager/Director
  2. Outstanding Contract Security Company (Guarding)
  3. Outstanding Security Training Initiative
  4. Outstanding Security Equipment Manufacturer
  5. Outstanding Security Installer/Integrator
  6. Outstanding Female Security Professional
  7. Outstanding Young Security Professional
  8. Lifetime Achievement 

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

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


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

Outstanding Security Equipment Manufacturer 

This OSPA recognises an outstanding manufacturer of products that service the security market. Manufacturers of any security product in any market can enter.  The winner of this OSPA will have shown outstanding performance in manufacturing a leading-edge security product (or products), which has produced clear beneficial results for customers.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the manufacturer and its distinguishing features, and any innovative aspects that enable it to be considered as a cutting-edge company. (500 words)
  2. Evidence how the manufacturer produces products that are specifically designed to address a market demand, and show how these products add value to the company and the security industry. (500 words)

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

  • Discussing the key distinguishing strengths the manufacturer displays
  • Highlighting the business approach and how it meets a distinct market demand
  • Identifying examples of business success
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with stakeholders
  • Demonstrating how high performance and benefits are sustained

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

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 your role, including key moments and prominent achievements throughout your career. (500 words)
  2. Describe how outstanding performance has been at the forefront of activities throughout your career, how you have encouraged others to perform outstandingly and how you 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

Outstanding Young Security Professional

This OSPA recognises a young security professional – that is anyone below the age of forty (there is no restriction on the number of years spent in security) – who has excelled in his/her early career performance. This OSPA will be awarded to someone who has made an impact in the area of private security, for example as a analyst/researcher, working for a security supplier and/or corporate security (rather than police/military). This could be in any area of security activity, as a student, in the workplace or a combination, but it will be someone who has made a difference and is laying the basis for an outstanding career in security.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe the role of the young professional and the ways in which he/she has excelled. (500 words)
  2. Provide details of the value added by the young professional and his/her impact in specific area or areas of security activity (inside the workplace and/or outside) highlighting the special qualities of the individual. (500 words)

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

  • Discussing the work of the young professional and its relationship to security
  • Highlighting the ways in which the young professional is laying the foundations of a security career
  • Identifying the influence of the young professional on specific audiences
  • Providing examples of interest and dedication to improving security
  • Demonstrating how high performance will be sustained

Lifetime Achievement 

(Must be nominated by a third party)

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.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  1. Describe their career, including key moments and prominent achievements. (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 roles held by the individual and the significance of them to security
  • Highlighting the factors that enable the individual to excel at what he or she has done
  • Identifying the ways in which the individual has influenced the security sector
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrating the overall value added over his or her career