The Houses of Commons are seeking to recruit a full time ‘Personal Security Advisor’ to ensure that MP’s are protected whilst away from Parliament. The role will be based in the Parliamentary Security Directorate at Westminster and will have a salary up to just over £61k.
I actually think this seems reasonable and is similar to any organisation which must effectively protect its work force, after-all as an employer you have a duty of care to keep your employees safe.
High profile people and/or executives in large private sector companies can make themselves unpopular and sometimes this will come with additional threats and enhanced risks. Most corporate businesses have security advisors who can proactively support the business and their employees. MP’s at times make themselves VERY unpopular (no sh*t Sherlock) and as a result risks can be heightened.
Gone are the days where the Police seemingly do everything, not only do they not have the resources but they are not the experts in all things security. This new position offers a consistent risk based approach, to provide guidance/advice and to give assurances for an MP’s total protection.
The awful killing of the Labour MP Jo Cox in June has of course raised some serious concerns and in addition to this new role, The House of Commons have recently awarded a contract to Chubb Fire and Security to provide a ‘standard’ package of protection. The new role should tie this together nicely and ensures a consistent holistic approach…..to be honest for me this seems very sensible.
I have read some interesting comments mentioning that unless MP’s have a security adviser each then how will this work? I can only compare from a business perspective and this clearly isn’t a close or executive protection role and with only 650 MP’s I absolutely think that a centralised advisory position is the right thing to do. Afterall, global businesses with thousands of staff have relatively small corporate security teams and with arguably a much larger remit.
Not everyone will like it and yes we the public will pay for it, but something should be done. I hope they break the mold and look wider than the normal government recruitment position of employing ex police or military. This is not because I am interested but because a private sector security professional would actually be a better fit and add more value to the position.
Personal Security Adviser
Salary Band: A2
The Parliamentary Security Department (PSD) is responsible for physical, personnel and cyber security for both Houses of Parliament. PSD sets security strategy, provides expert advice and delivers an operational service. It does this in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and by working closely with the Parliamentary Digital Service, Strategic Estates, the Sergeant at Arms Directorate, Black Rod’s Department, and other key stakeholders.
The successful candidate will have the following skills/experience:
- Sound understanding of personal physical security threats and risks and detailed knowledge of associated protective measures.
- Significant experience of delivering personal security advice to individuals in a reassuring and authoritative manner.
- Sound understanding of personal online security threats and risks and broad knowledge of associated protective measures.
Annual leave starting at 28 days pro rata, Interest-free season ticket loan, Child care voucher scheme, Discounted membership of the in-house gym.