The categories and criteria for the 2017 US 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 entries deadline was Monday 7th August 2017


Categories

Criteria

 Outstanding In-House Security Team

This award recognizes outstanding in-house security teams in the private, public or voluntary sectors. An outstanding team is one that has implemented an approach which has contributed to the overall performance of the organization. This can include roles in protecting the organization against different types of threats, some or all of which may be innovative or exemplary, as well as showing outstanding performance in enabling the organization to operate in ways or areas that would not be possible without the contribution of the security team

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  • Describe the work of the security team and the ways in which it has driven outstanding performance highlighting the key factors that have enabled success. (500 words)
  • 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 how the team creates and implements an effective security strategy and drives security performance
  • Highlighting how good security impacts on the wider organization
  • Identifying the factors that enable staff/leadership to excel
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrating how improvements made to people and/or process and systems

 Outstanding In-House Security Manager/Director

In house security managers/directors can operate in different ways, they may work as advisors to the organization or be a head of a team or department. Whatever the role, this category recognizes 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:

  • Describe the role of the security manager/director and the ways in which he/she has led change in the organization including the security impacts of any partnership approaches adopted with different stakeholders. (500 words)
  • 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

This OSPA recognizes 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, recognizing 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 recognize the outstanding performers in making a positive difference.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  • Describe the security guarding company and the service it provides, highlighting key distinguishing features. (500 words)
  • Describe how the security guarding company has displayed outstanding performance and deserves to be recognized 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 Consultant

This OSPA recognizes the security consultant – individual or company – who demonstrates outstanding performance in any aspect of security consulting. Consultants often play a key role in security in offering expertise and insight which can transform the quality of service, product or system that is offered. It recognizes the existence of distinct skill sets and crucially the ways these are harnessed and managed to make a difference to security strategy and/or practice.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  • Describe the role and objectives of the consultant and the key factors that reflect outstanding performance. (500 words)
  • Describe how the security consultant has displayed outstanding performance in terms for example, of leadership skills, a focus on the customer, by adding value or otherwise driving excellence. (500 words)

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

  • Discussing the ways in which the consultant has driven security performance
  • Highlighting the key distinguishing strengths of the consultant including leadership skills
  • Identifying the ways in which the role has influenced positively wider business operations
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrating how high performance and benefits are sustained

 

 Outstanding Customer Service Initiative

This OSPA recognizes the company, organization or individual that operates an outstanding initiative that generates sustainable benefits for customers. However security is judged, and there are many different ways, the need to generate very positive feedback from highly satisfied customer is always valued. There is a broad range of initiatives which can be considered for this OSPA but what they share is an exclusive focus on successfully implementing positive change for customers.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  • Describe the customer service initiative and its key objectives explaining the key influences on the approaches taken and the key impacts it has had. (500 words)
  • Describe how the customer service Initiative displays and encourages outstanding performance and the reasons why it has been successful and if applicable how success will be sustained. (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 staff/leadership to excel
  • Providing examples of improved performance
  • Demonstrating business benefits and how they are sustained

 

Outstanding  Security Training Initiative

This OSPA recognizes 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 recognize those who have made a difference to improving security practice via training.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  • Describe the training initiative, highlighting its key features that were responsible for delivering outstanding performance. (500 words)
  • 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  Investigator

This OSPA recognizes the investigator – individual or company – who has displayed outstanding performance in an area of criminal or civil investigation, and may be in-house or independent. Investigations are typically skilled activities and when done well can have significant impact on overall security performance. This winner of this OSPA will have used investigatory skills to produce significant results in either an exemplary showcase incident or over time and across investigations with single or multiple clients to produce distinguished results.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  • Describe the work of the investigator and the ways that their actions have an impact on their clients (500 words)
  • Describe how the investigator produced outstanding performance in its activities and why it deserves to be rewarded with this OSPA. (500 words)

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

  • Discussing the key distinguishing strengths of the investigator
  • Highlighting the ways in which the investigator has built and sustained client relationships
  • Identifying the factors that enable the investigator to excel
  • Providing examples of how the investigator is setting and raising standards
  • Demonstrating how high performance and benefits are sustained

 

Outstanding  Security Manufacturer

This OSPA recognizes 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:

  • Describe the manufacturer and its distinguishing features, and any innovative aspects that enable it to be considered as a cutting edge company. (500 words)
  • 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 Information Security Manager/Director

This OSPA recognizes an Information Security Manager/Director who is using resources in innovative ways to secure sensitive business information and show individual outstanding performance, which has clear benefits for peers and stakeholders. This category recognizes those who through security expertise, business acumen and/or skilful and innovative leadership approaches, have led the information security department with distinction. Outstanding performers will be leaders and innovators who are setting examples those others will wish to follow.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  • Describe the role of the information security manager/director and the ways in which he/she has led change in the organization. (500 words)
  • Provide details of the value added by the information 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 Integrator/Solution Provider

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

To enter this category you will be asked to:

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

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

  • Discussing the key distinguishing strengths the integrator 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 Contract Security Officer

This OSPA recognizes 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 recognized for achieving outstanding service.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  • Describe the role of the security officer and the ways in which he/she has led change in an organization including the security impacts of any partnership approaches adopted with different stakeholders. (500 words)
  • 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

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