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The government and private sectors must come together to fight global terror, and working with banks to tackle those funding it is a good place to start. Nick Kochan reports. On Monday 22 May, twenty two people were killed in a terror attack as crowds were leaving a concert in the Manchester Arena. Whilst the specific details were still emerging at the time of writing, it is safe to assume that the private security personnel securing the venue would have been amongst the first to respond, offering life- saving first aid, despite the potential on-going danger. e attack is a stark reminder of the dangerous situations that front line personnel can be faced with and evidence of the essential role that they play in helping to keep the public safe. In a statement issued by the BSIA aer the attack, Dirk Wilson, Association Chairman, said: "In times of emergency – and in day- to-day operations – private security personnel provide essential support to local police forces, and are oen the 'unsung heroes' helping to ensure the continued safety and security of the British public." In an effort to recognise and reward the considerable contributions that front line security personnel make each and every day, the BSIA has been presenting Security Personnel Awards annually for the past nineteen years. ese awards serve to recognise where security personnel have gone above and beyond the call of duty in a number of categories. Nominations are regularly made for life-saving actions, exceptional bravery and first- class customer service. is year's awards have already recognised the achievements of 33 officers and teams in the regional round of the process; 15 of which will be presented with a national award at the Association's flagship event, its Annual Luncheon. Taking place on the 12 July at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London's Covent Garden, the inspirational achievements of the national award winners will be celebrated by many of the industry's most influential figures including government and police representatives. BSIA Chief Executive, James Kelly, commented: "Each year I am humbled to learn of the truly outstanding work undertaken by security officers in their daily roles. ese awards are a fantastic way to showcase the hard work and talent exhibited by individual officers and teams within the industry, talent which oen goes unnoticed by the general public. I'd like to encourage industry colleagues to join us on July 12th to give this year's Security Personnel Award winners the recognition that they truly deserve." Further information about this year's Annual Luncheon can be found here: 'Unsung heroes' to be rewarded at the BSIA Annual Luncheon Terrorism's critical public/ private nexus e tragedies of London and Manchester pose challenges to the security industry. ey are strategic at one level, basic and technical at another. Terrorism brings governments and private sectors working together. at is essential for the wider protection of society, and not merely that of one special interest, such as companies, government ministries or the wealthy. Events in London and Manchester have turned the spotlight on the financiers of terrorism. e default explanation and in some sense the retreat position is to argue that today's terrorism is cheap and the terrorist funds himself. What does it cost to buy a van and some knives, or even rig up a suicide belt. is misses the point. Before the terrorist embarks on a mission to murder and certain death, he has been physically prepared, psychologically trained, logistically harnessed to a task. He may also have been sent to his organisation's different fields of conflict for development. None of this is cost-free and in some cases, considerable funding might be involved. e issue of terrorist funding therefore moves from the lone operator in his room, to the wider organisation and beyond the organisation, the funders – sovereign or private – who are far removed from the field of conflict. eir goals are political and strategic and they can only be tackled by international and diplomatic pressure. e terrorist receiving instruction in his room in East London is the last link in a chain that goes back to Middle Eastern funders, fighting their devious wars with other potentates for religious or political reasons. To them, the victims are mere pawns in a power game, completely unconnected symbols to be counted in a larger war involving power, ideology and shadowy schemes. e terrorist funder measures the return on his investment by the number of victims he notches up. For all this, banks must keep their systems to spot money laundering and terrorist financing honed and trained on the targets. ey are looking for unusual or unexpected movements of funds, said a former UK police officer, who carried out the official investigation of the financing of the 7/7 London bombings. He warns, 'terrorists need very small amounts to mount atrocities. Banks have very little to go on, but many terrorists don't use the banking system at all. ey use cash for untraceability.' It is now understood that banks and money transmitters are closely scrutinizing transaction patterns and correspondents in the region surrounding Syria. Scrutiny of home-grown sympathizers, who may be moving funds or people overseas to support the Islamic State, is testing ATF systems. One compliance officer at a large global bank, which doesn't have retail operations in the region, said that fear has grown that IS finances are intersecting the formal banking system. "Obviously, we are keeping a close eye on the border countries with Syria, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan." While the big picture is foremost in the minds of politicians, banks are looking at transactional information on smaller amounts as potentially suspicious funds transfers. ey may be only a few hundred or few thousand pounds and below recordkeeping thresholds. e institution is seeking to uncover illicit money movement tactics, such as smurfing and funnel accounts, to create better financial intelligence for the government, the compliance officer said. Smurfing is the practice of breaking down large amounts into numerous small ones, to deposit or withdraw from a bank. In this way, the activity will stay below specified detection criteria. e war against terrorism is an epochal battle. It is one where heavy responsibility presses on the shoulders of the security industry as it does on the shoulders of government and the international community. No-one can stand back from this battle of civilisation. Opinion 3 Dallmeier_S-Panomera_210x150_UK.indd 1 10.02.2016 14:37:46 "Obviously, we are keeping a close eye on the border countries with Syria, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan."

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