The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals has issued a call for nominations for the 2023 City of London Sheriffs’ Award for Bravery.
The Sheriffs’ Award for Bravery awards the winner with a trophy, a framed citation of their act of bravery and also a cheque for £5,000.
By order of the Sheriffs, the recipient’s name is permanently inscribed on an Honours Board and in a Book of Honour which are on permanent display at the Central Criminal Court (i.e. The Old Bailey).
Nominations for the Sheriffs’ Award for Bravery, a highly prestigious award, are sought from across the UK and are open to any individual, including members of the public, the Emergency Services, the Armed Forces and those employed in the security industry until September.
The search for nominations begins in October each year with the two Sheriffs’ and the two Sheriffs’ Elect making their final selections the following September.
The principal recipient is invited to the Annual Dinner in October and the commendation recipients are invited to Common Hall in November to receive their certificates.
The recipient of last year’s award was Mr Rayan Bouguerra (pictured), a business development representative, who had been presented with his award at the Company’s Annual Dinner held on 20 October 2022 at Mansion House.
The Award was begun as a means of paying tribute to the unsung heroes of the aftermath of the London bombing in July 2005 – most of whom were members of the general public.
Accordingly, there is a settled intention to honour ordinary members of the public who act spontaneously and bravely, as much as members of the emergency services who act in a way that is significantly beyond what would be expected of them, and who may in any case be eligible for separate awards or commendations.
The criteria which guide the selection includes but is not limited to:
Whether the individual was knowingly aware that he/she was at risk of harm,
The actual degree of danger or intimidation present at the time,
Whether the individual acted of their own volition, irrespective of the presence or action of others, and
To what degree the person’s actions were beyond their normal zone of comfort.
A spokesperson from The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals said: “Nominations should describe the scene, or successive scenes, which make clear the extent of physical danger and intimidation existing immediately preceding the brave act(s) and, as near as possible to what confronted the nominee at the time.”
You can learn more and submit your nominations here.
(Source and Image: The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals)