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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland



Safe in Bobby's hands

Bobby WillisA LISBURN man has spoken of his pride after becoming figurehead for the security industry in Northern Ireland.

Robert Willis of Checkmate Guarding and Security in Young Street is the new Chairperson of the British Security Industry Association's Northern Ireland Region.

He was unanimously elected to the position at a recent meeting of the organisation.

Mr. Willis is now a 'champion for higher standards' in the industry prior to the impending Security Industry Association Licensing due in November of next year. He said he was delighted to receive the 'vote of confidence.

"The security industry has always had a bad reputation - this is something that will change in November 2009 and I am proud to be at the forefront of this revolution," he added.

"The introduction of the SIA licensing means that all security guards must be independently trained and licensed. This will go a long way to warding off the old suspicions and making the industry much more professional," Bobby explained.

"All of our officers are already thoroughly vetted and extensively trained as if licensing was already in place. This licensing means that other companies will have to follow in our footsteps."

Bobby will spend his time as Chairman leading committees and discussions dealing with the security industry in Northern Ireland.

Ulster Star