Recognising security heroes
There are men and women working 24/7 protecting Australian homes, businesses, and government organisations. Each faces the potential of having to make critical decisions or take action to save lives or property.
In addition to those who act beyond the call of duty, there are men and women who demonstrate the very best in security professionalism.
These are security’s heroes — often unsung and rarely recognised beyond their own organisation or circle of friends.
The lack of a public, national, rewards and/or awards program leaves security as one of the very few industries without such merit based recognition. Virtually all other arenas, be it business, community work, public service, police, emergency services or military service all have appropriate medals, awards and certificate award schemes in place. Given that some sectors of the security industry engage in at times, dangerous activities, it seems reasonable that the industry should publicly recognise exceptional acts and achievements.
For a profession both to come together as a professional community – and to be recognised as such – both its members and the public should celebrate the truly inspirational operatives working among them. To recognise acts of valour and excellence in security professionalism, a group of senior security managers has created the Australian Security Medal Foundation (ASMF).
Each year, the ASMF will award two categories of medal:
The Australian Security Medal of Valour (ASMV), recognising acts of bravery and initiative; an
The Australian Security Medal (ASM), recognising contribution to security professionalism and providing examples of outstanding citizenship, positive leadership, insights or influence at a strategic management level.
The Australian Security Medals Foundation Inc., is about honouring those heroes and changing perceptions of the security industry.
Damian McMeekin (Chair)
Corporate Risk & Intelligence Consultant
Dr Tony Zalewski
Director, Global Public Safety
Manager, Security Assessments, ANZ Bank
Director, Resolve Risk
Director, Creative Consequences