Entry to the 2023 UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) is now open.

A brand-new category has been added to the sixteen categories already on offer: The Outstanding Security Sustainability Award.

This new award recognises any organisation, in any sector and area of activity, that is committed to outstanding practices in furthering environmental and social sustainability in whatever form – be that reducing waste, improving the carbon footprint, progressing towards circularity, using more eco-friendly materials or approaches.

These independent awards provide the opportunity to highlight the best companies, people, projects and technologies that have made a significant contribution in safeguarding people, places and property from all areas of potential crime and disorder.

Entry is open through to 4th October 2022 and you can view the criteria for the seventeen categories here.

Nominations will be scored by a panel of independent high-profile experts who have been chosen by supporting security associations and special interest groups to represent them.   The process is strict and robust and provides a level playing field for all those that enter.

Winners will be revealed at a black-tie dinner to take place on 23rd February 2023 at the Royal Lancaster London.

Commenting on the 2023 awards, founder of the OSPAs Professor Martin Gill said:

Since the inception of the UK OSPAs into the global awards programme in 2017, we have seen a significant rise in the number of nominations and those who support the awards year on year.  I believe it is fair to say that the OSPAs are different; they are independent, open to anyone to enter, they are free.  We as organisers do not choose the judges, they are nominated by the leading security associations and interest groups. The judges agree to mark to a published ethics policy, mark independently against set criteria and only those that reach a score threshold go through as finalists.  The criteria for each award category have been carefully considered, are based on extensive research across different security sectors and by looking at how outstanding performance is recognised and judged in other fields. We also have an ethical sponsorship policy too.’ 

Gill further adds ‘We pride ourselves on our values of being independent, ethical, transparent, respectable and credible and that is why many people around the world regard winning an OSPA as the most prestigious accolade to be awarded in the security sector globally.’

The OSPAs are expanding around the world with schemes now running in fifteen countries.

TEAM Software are headline sponsors and Assist Group, Bidvest Noonan, CIS Security, NSI, BSIA and The Security Institute are all sponsoring categories.