A Message from the CEO
After the events in France and Austria, the UK’s terror threat level has been raised from ”substantial” to ”severe” – meaning an attack is now judged to be ”highly likely”.
Over the last couple of years, we have been championing security measures regarding the Churches of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain and other places of worship of all faiths. The recent horrific incidents in France and Austria, have called for increased security presence around religious grounds and buildings. Due to our professional expertise, I will specifically mention the dreadful attack against a Greek Orthodox priest in Lyon who was shot twice while he was leaving his Church.
I understand that taking proactive security measures represents change and for each individual committee it will naturally be the subject of some discussion.
In recent months we have met regularly with representatives of the Greek Orthodox Church in the UK and members of various Church committees. This insight has led to Spartan Elite providing a professional and tactful solution to enhance the safety as well as the comfort of the worshippers.
As the leading specialist security expert in the UK from Greek origins, this is a very personal mission for me as I instruct my disciplined and qualified team of security experts to evaluate intelligence and to provide a safe resolve.
Current regulations throughout the UK require security services to be undertaken by licensed operatives and that licence must be provided by the Security Industry Authority.
It is of great importance to stress that security provided by people who are not licenced on places of worship is against the law and can lead to criminal prosecution.
I have seen firsthand recent incidents where criminal elements seek to cause disruption to Sunday services as well as Churches and property. This is of course far removed from the terrible events in Lyon but taking measures now it is vital for committees and wardens of places of worship in order to be on top of things.
Sadly criminals and terrorists do and will continue to do so, target vulnerable places especially where there are large gatherings of people.
A considerable number of places of worship throughout the UK do not have current security provisions and this is something that needs to be addressed and rectified for the future. It is not sufficient for the officials to wait for a crime to be committed and then to seek recourse from the police. It should be understood that the role of the police is different and cannot supervise every building in the country. Furthermore, unless there is an identifiable threat it is not the responsibility of the Police to provide security related services. Consequently, a new level of security provision is necessary.
I understand the reservations that some officials may have about security personnel and measures if they have not worked with security professionals before.
That is why I am currently in contact with various bodies in order to introduce them to Spartan Elite. Depending on the individual needs of each Church we are assisting with risk assessing or providing a discreet or proactive security presence. We already have a proven track record due to our work with Greek Orthodox Churches where we provided protection for places of worship and specialist protective services for the Archbishop, Bishops and senior clergy. We also provide a subtle security presence for weddings, funerals, baptisms and christenings.
My team are skilled in etiquette and greet worshipers upon arrival as well as when they leave. This positive interaction has already proven to allay fears and create a more harmonious environment.
Over the next two months, I will be communicating directly with all the Church committees across the UK and will demonstrate first-hand our relevant testimonials of service.
If you have any security related concerns regarding places of worship please do not hesitate to contact me. All correspondence with us is always dealt in the strictest of confidence.
I am looking forward to hearing from you directly at email@example.com or alternatively, you can call us on 02038882020.
Yours most sincerely,
Mr Vasilis Sotiropoulos, CEO Spartan Elite Security Ltd