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Ian Kendall is top of the league

Apr 12, 2016

Peter Brinkley, Melanie Kay, Ian Kendall and Mark Sutton
Peter Brinkley, Melanie Kay, Ian Kendall and Mark Sutton

Tremendous news for Ian Kendall, who last week was given the amazing accolade of Security Officer of the Year at the Association of University Chief Security Officers international conference, held at MediaCityUK.

Ian, from Longsight, was shortlisted together with other University Security personnel from across Europe and received the award for going the extra mile in his duties at Salford. He was accompanied at the glittering ceremony by his wife, Claire.

Ian’s main role as Security Officer sees him working in the Control Room, on foot patrol, locking and unlocking buildings, managing the car parks and providing first aid and fire safety. Sometimes in the course of his regular duties, he faces difficult situations where he is required to think on his feet.

One particular incident which demonstrates Ian’s exemplary work ethic occurred when Ian was patrolling University road in the early hours of the morning and spotted unusual activity. Often this road is used for students returning from a night out in town, but one group of people who didn’t look like students and were behaving suspiciously caught Ian’s eye. He contacted the control room and asked for CCTV to concentrate on this area. Whilst walking past the group, Ian was given verbal abuse which he ignored. He kept an eye on them from a safe distance and the cameras were able to spot that the men were carrying dangerous and replica weapons which they hid nearby. The police were alerted and the group tried to flee, but were soon caught and with Ian’s evidence all three have now been charged successfully.

Trevor Jones, Head of Security said: “It was Ian’s alertness and gut feeling that directly led to these men being arrested and a serious crime being prevented.”

Later that month, Ian was also physically threatened by travellers who had set up camp on campus, but he remained calm and focussed throughout to successfully defuse the situation.

Trevor added: “Both incidents show how Ian performs his duty of care to the campus community whilst setting an example to his colleagues. He has worked for the University for just over eight years and is an excellent Security Officer who consistently delivers an incredible service and of whom we are rightly proud.”

Ian said: “I would like to thank everyone for their support, I feel deeply honoured to receive an award for a job I enjoy doing.”

PHOTOCAPTION from l to r: Peter Brinkley (University of Surrey), Melanie Kay (Salto Security- Sponsor of Award), Ian Kendall and Mark Sutton, Chair of AUCSO