Zaniar Matapour has been named by Norwegian media as the man behind a terror attack in Oslo in the early hours of Saturday 25th June. It’s reported that Matapour used firearms to attack three locations in Oslo at approximately 01:00 (23:00 GMT), opening fire, injuring 21 people and killing at least two. Civilians assisted the Police in detaining Matapour, who is currently being held on charges of suspicion of murder, attempted murder and terrorism. A handgun and an automatic weapon were recovered from the scene.
Archive for month: June, 2022
Armed Forces Day is significant in the Corps Security calendar. It underpins the very reason we exist as the oldest security company in the world and as a social enterprise. When Captain Sir Edward Walter founded the Corps of Commissionaires in 1859 with the social mission to provide gainful employment to servicemen returning home after the Crimean War, it was the beginning of a lasting commitment to the Armed Forces.
While the world around us has changed in many ways, the need for dedicated servicepeople who sacrifice so much of themselves to protect our country remains. Equally, the physical and psychological effects that Service can have on Forces personnel are still ever-present. So, it is vital that we continue with our social mission to support our Armed Forces.
Returning to civvy street
With approximately 3% of the UK workforce currently made up of veterans, we are proud to have a significant number of our own Corps colleagues as ex-service people. We maintain close partnerships with Combat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health, and SSAFA, the armed Forces charity, to offer tailored support for the ex-military community as they reintegrate to civvy street.
Today in particular, we celebrate our own ex-service colleagues and the wider Armed Forces community for their bravery and dedication to keeping our country safe with a roll call of some of our Corps veteran colleagues.
Terrance Moore served in the Royal Irish Regiment from 1985 to 1997 before leaving service and beginning a career in security. Now a security relief officer at Corps, Terrance believes its Corps’ unique military feel and understanding of the challenge of returning to civvy street that make it an ideal company for ex-military personnel.
Martin Weller joined the First Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers in 1979. Stationed for training in Brecon, Wales, Martin’s service took him to Germany, Northern Ireland, and Port Stanley in the Falklands. After leaving in 1989 in search of new challenges, security was a natural fit. Today, as a security officer at the Office for National Statistics, Martin emphasises the importance of support for the Armed Forces in respect for what they sacrifice to protect our freedoms, particularly following the difficult times we’ve faced globally.
James Henderson started in the Parachute Regiment before joining Royal Military Police. After his service that took him to Norway, Germany, Northern Ireland and Bosnia, James transferred his military training to a career in close protection security and is now a national security consultant at Corps Consult.
Darrell Jacques entered service in 1979, joining the Royal Artillery stationed in Germany with tours in Northern Ireland and Canada. After leaving service in 1994 following phase one redundancy, Darrell turned to security which has led him to become regional director, northern region, at Corps Security today.
Gail Houston first worked in the Royal Naval Reserve during the early 80s. Stationed at Gosport with the Submarine Service, Gail served four tours in Gibraltar, two tours in the Falklands, and on to Northern Ireland. By the mid 90s, dissatisfied with progression opportunities within the Women’s Royal Naval Service, Gail joined Corps Security. 26 years later, Gail is an administrator at Corps Security based in Belfast.
John Ford’s career in security began in 1998. By 2014, John had joined Corps Security and a year later joined the Royal Air Force and is still a serving Reservist today. John is a regional director for London and the South East.
Support our Armed Forces
In support of Armed Forces Day, Corps Security is taking part in the SSAFA 13 Bridges Walk, raising money for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, with many of our team wearing their military uniforms during the charitable activity.
Visit our social media platforms for updates and please support the SSAFA 13 Bridges Walk by donating here.
This month’s Corps Relay Intelligence Update includes:
- The Conflict between Ukraine and Russia
- Figen Murray appointed to TINYg Advisory Council
- Fake Evri Delivery Scam
- Current National Threat Level
- UK Terrorism Update – Counter Terrorism Police (CTP) launch Summer Vigilance Campaign
- Former Irish Defence Force Soldier charged with being a member of ISIS
- Notable Dates/Events
- Key Religious Events, National Celebrations, and Anniversaries
- 5th Anniversary of the 2017 London Bridge Vehicle Attack
- 6th Anniversary of the 2016 murder of MP Jo Cox
- Durham Farmer Hospitalises Animal Rights Activist
- Corps Focus: Security Issue of the Month – Focus on Fraud – Some current trends and what to look out for
Celebrated internationally by millions of people on 5th June, World Environment Day raises global awareness about the greatest environmental challenges facing the planet. Officially hosted in Sweden, this year’s theme is ‘Only One Earth’ with the focus on living sustainably in harmony with nature.
Since 1973, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and its 193 member states and representatives has been setting the global agenda for environmental sustainability, calling for global collective, transformative action to celebrate, protect and restore our planet. Now, World Environment Day has grown to be the largest global platform for environmental outreach.
But while awareness is rising, so too are global temperatures. According to a recent assessment by the UK Met Office, while it may still be possible to keep the global temperature rise to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels by the end of this century, it will most likely include an ‘overshoot’ above the 1.5C threshold before lowering toward the end of the century.
Put plainly, the need for businesses to be fully committed to minimising their impact on the environment has never been greater. Every opportunity should be taken for businesses to operate sustainably. Our approach to sustainability and environmental performance is a long-term commitment, that will continue to evolve.
In fact, for over 160 years, we have followed a triple bottom line ethos of ‘people, planet, purpose’, recognising from the beginning that our responsibilities extend way beyond our base-line commercial business interests. We believe it is important to empower our colleagues to make personal environmentally conscious choices.
Our environmental practices are engrained in our culture, raising awareness across our workforce. We have dedicated teams that continually assess our policies and operational systems so that they maintain our ISO14001 certifications standards, including our Environmental Steering Group and Environmental Management Systems team. In addition, our quality compliance manager ensures that new employees are properly introduced to our sustainability practices, whatever their role. Over 200 of our colleagues are also enrolled in the Cycle to Work Scheme to reduce emissions from commuting.
As a carbon-neutral organisation, we are committed to ensuring the impact of our activities on the environment are minimised, while investing in initiatives to help us make a positive contribution outside of our business. To offset the 477 tons of carbon produced annually by our operations, we have funded a number of initiatives including a wind-based power generation project in India. The project in Maharashtra is helping the country to reduce reliance on coal, while – due to wind power’s labour-intensive nature – created a raft of local jobs.
Operational transport often carries hefty carbon emissions that requires investment to change. To reduce our footprint, we use only dual fuel and low emissions vehicles across our security patrol fleet. When needed, these are replaced with electric vehicles wherever possible, and charging points have been installed at our London and Glasgow offices.
We minimise the use of paper wherever possible, saving approximately 100,000 sheets of paper annually thanks to EDOB. Any wastepaper is recycled. Water and energy consumption is also reduced wherever possible across all our regional offices.
As a Social Enterprise since 2021, we believe we have a duty to help inspire other businesses, regardless of their size or income, to become socially ethical too. We cannot afford to let sustainability become just another tick box exercise. It is incumbent on all businesses to fully commit to sustainability and embrace it as an essential branch of the organisation. Businesses should continually be looking to improve how they incorporate sustainability strategies into every part of their daily operations.
Practically, not every business is in a position to achieve social enterprise status, but we have #OnlyOneEarth so becoming as more environmentally focused as we possibly can is something we should all embrace and be enthusiastic about.
For support and guidance about becoming a social enterprise, visit Social Enterprise UK
Corps’ full sustainability policy is available here.