An Axis Security officer, Hamed Aminaeeamameh, has been recognised with an ACS Pacesetters Security Officer of Distinction Award for his actions regarding a counter-terrorism matter at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, one of London’s most popular and prestigious theatres.
Only 12 security officers were given the status this year, and the announcement was made at the third ACS Pacesetters Achievement Awards Luncheon at the Royal Windsor Racecourse.
The incident, where Hamed tracked a suspicious woman who was asking probing questions and was seen taking photos of areas not considered to be of visitor interest, prompted Howard Clark, Support Services Manager at Sadler’s Wells, to nominate him for the award.
“The information Hamed collected was compiled into an investigative report and passed over to counter-terrorism officers at the Metropolitan Police,” Howard explains. “He helped to prevent a potentially life-threatening event, and his actions and report was highly commended by the Counter-Terrorism Unit, particularly since the suspicious visitor was already deemed ‘a person of interest’ to the Police.”
The event followed the Theatre stepping up its security alert level after the Paris terror attacks in November 2015. “It emphasises the excellent job that Axis’ officers are doing at Sadler’s Wells,” Howard continues. “Their alertness and vigilance at all times ensures the safety of employees and visitors to the theatre.”
Hamed says recognition by the client and the industry is a great comfort: “In times of increased vigilance, particularly in public places such as theatres, it is crucial that security officers maintain high standards.”
The ACS Pacesetter Achievement Awards recognise officers that have given meritorious service to the industry over a long period of time, or have helped to avert a crisis on their client’s premises.
ACS Membership comprises security companies within the top 15 percent of benchmarking and achievement levels set by the Security Industry Authority Approved Contractor Scheme. Of the companies that have ACS accreditation, 119 are eligible to join the Pacesetters, proving best in class – Axis Security sits securely within the tip five percent of the benchmarked companies.