While G4S has experience handling major events – such as the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup and the British Summer Time music festival at London’s Hyde Park, for example – managing critical national infrastructure requires particular skills. On a nationally significant project like EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C – which has an evolving perimeter and will see up to 5600 workers on site at its peak – posting guards along the fence is not enough, or even a practical option. Noah Price, Head of Solutions Development at G4S, said: “Enhanced Security Officers are an absolute game changer.” He helped develop the officers’ training course. “Their training is second to none. The leadership, the community spirit … they’re treated as a proper partner. In this day and age, it’s about realising when this standard is necessary.” In Alistair McBride’s view, G4S’s Enhanced Security Officers (ESOs) are some of the most well-trained and well-equipped around. They are put through a course that spans three months, during which time they are exposed to all the areas and elements of a site the size of a small town. They are taught the language to use over radio, real time reporting, conflict management, how to manage a situation with protesters, and more.
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