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Has the security industry done enough to combat institutional racism? https://quickclicksecurity.com/news/Has+the+security+industry+done+enough+to+combat+institutional+racism?/NjlfbmV3cw https://quickclicksecurity.com/news-images/1200/1591031392-77658.jpg Recent events in America with the murder of George Floyd has made many people reflect on the general system of the police, armed and security forces and whether these divisions have implemented enough attention towards combatting institutional racism
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Has the security industry done enough to combat institutional racism?

June 01, 2020

Recent events in America with the murder of George Floyd has made many people reflect on the general system of the police, armed and security forces and whether these divisions have implemented enough attention towards combatting institutional racism. QCS thought to shed some light into what is being done in the security sector.

Stopping and searching

One aspect that the security sector, particularly in retail has come under scrutiny for is the people that are stopped and searched within stores. Statistics show that in the USA, “80% of black shoppers reported that they experienced racial stigma and stereotypes when shopping.” Similar cases have also taken place in the UK with many BAME (Black and Ethnic Minority) individuals have spoken out on security guards being vigilant and following them within retail establishments.

As the security industry expands and encourages diversity within the workforce, why is it there still racial profiling when observing shoppers?

Restraint training

A lot has been voiced about the way in which George Floyd was restrained whilst arrested under the knee of the police officer. Many people within the police and security forces have spoken out on this restraining technique and how this is not professional practice but rather poses harm on individuals arrested.

Whilst being trained in the security industry, assessors and contractors have made sure that the restraint techniques are safe, appropriate and uses minimal force.

Inclusion and diversity

With increasing encouragement seen in the security industry, are we doing enough to help with combatting stereotypes?

More people joining the security force are of BAME background, but why is there still racial profiling in various establishments?

The security industry has the potential to help change perspectives on stopping and searching as well as criminal profiling.  With individuals now of BAME backgrounds progressing into managerial and leadership positions, our hope is that the private security industry can learn, develop and perhaps even lead by example.  Our role is first and foremost to protect people.  We must become an industry that does not tolerate institutional racism and stereotyping.

We hope you have enjoyed our article. Our aim at Quick Click Security is to centralise access to jobs, training  and knowledge - creating a community and working together to professionalise the private security sector.

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