Sun | Sep 23, 2018

Hawkeye receives international recognition

Published:Friday | October 27, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Sharon Laing, Hawkeye's general manager for group human resources and operations, displays the Professional Certification Board honour of the American Society of Industrial Security.

Hawkeye Electronic Security Limited was selected for a certificate of special recognition from the Professional Certification Board (PCB) of the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), the global leader in security professional development and education that governs 242 chapters worldwide.

The presentation was made during the 63rd ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits, hosted in Dallas, Texas, from September 25-27, 2017, where more than 20,000 global security stakeholders were in attendance.

Hawkeye was the only recipient of an award in Jamaica (Region 7B) and marks the company as one of two organisations worldwide to receive this particular award.

"Your company's contributions and support are an inspiration to private and public employers throughout the world. As an award recipient, Hawkeye Electronic Security Limited will be featured in the September Fast Five e-news, the ASIS Show Daily newspaper at the 2017 ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits and the October 2017 issue of Security Management magazine, as well as on the ASIS International website," said Joseph Rector, chairman of the PCB in an official statement to the company.

Sharon Laing, Hawkeye general manager for group human resources and operations, said that the award is testament to the company's commitment to excellence, continuous improvement, and a professional code of conduct.

"ASIS's certification is a visible acknowledgement of the mastery of core security principles and skills essential to the best practice of security management," Laing said.

"We thank the local chapter of ASIS for nominating us for this award and facilitating the training opportunities for our security professional development; our board of directors for its endorsement for training and development; and our team members, who participated in the various opportunities in enhancing our skills and professionalism in this industry," Laing added.

Committed to getting better

The company's operations managers have achieved the professional designations as Physical Security Professional (PSP), Professional Certified Investigator (PCI), and Certified Protection Professional (CPP). These designations prove that they now have the demonstrable knowledge and experience in threat assessment and risk analysis; integrated physical security systems; and the appropriate identification, implementation, and ongoing evaluation of security measures. To complement that, recently, six of the company's managers completed intensive training in the internationally acclaimed Reid Technique Of Investigative Interviewing And Positive Persuasion.


Professional development


Hawkeye also received level two HEART certification for industrial security operations for its Group Training Centre from the National Council on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (NCTVET).

The certification makes Hawkeye the only private-security firm NCTVET-certified at level two for industrial security by Jamaica's certification body for technical and vocational skills training.

"Hawkeye Group Training Centre is dedicated to the education and training in the field of security operations and is now the only such institution operated by a private-security firm," Laing said.

"The HEART certification of the Hawkeye Group Training Centre is just one aspect of an annual investment of over $20 million in professional development. We are particularly please because certification from NCTVET means that Hawkeye's training programme is also recognised in other jurisdictions in CARICOM and the Commonwealth," Laing said.

Hawkeye currently offers training for their internal team members. However, the intention is to extend this training to other persons who wish to pursue a career in the security industry.