Nominations will be invited in due course in the following categories:

  1. Outstanding Contract Security Company (Guarding)
  2. Outstanding Security Consultant
  3. Outstanding Police/Law Enforcement Initiative
  4. Outstanding Cyber Security Initiative
  5. Outstanding Female Security Professional 
  6. Outstanding In-House Security Team 

Please be aware that with every entry processed will be a $100.00 entrance fee. If you enter multiple categories each entry will be considered as a separate entry and will cost $100.00.

Please make sure you have read the Rules of Entry found at the bottom of the page. 

The judges are responsible for selecting the winners and finalists for each category. A panel of leading industry figures will select award winners from finalists and we reserve the right to not award a category if circumstances deem it necessary.


1. Outstanding Contract Security Company (Guarding)

This OSPA recognises those who are outstanding suppliers of manned security guarding. In the modern world the provision of manned guarding services has become a much more skilled task. Motivating staff, managing resources in an increasingly competitive and price sensitive environment, up-skilling, recognising the distinct importance of front line leadership, making the most of technologies, forging internal and external partnerships and making them work are just some of the trends that are leading to new approaches and thinking about manned guarding. The object of this category is to recognise the outstanding performers in making a positive difference.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  • Describe the security guarding company and the service it provides, highlighting key distinguishing features. (500 words)
  • Describe how the security guarding company has displayed outstanding performance and deserves to be recognised with this OSPA. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the key distinguishing strengths the company displays
  • Highlighting the business approach, specific skills and tactics that underpin performance
  • Identifying examples of business success in initiatives, procedures and policies
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with stakeholders
  • Demonstrating how high performance and benefits are sustained

2. Outstanding Security Consultant

This OSPA recognises the security consultant – individual, team or company – demonstrating outstanding performance in any aspect of security consulting. Consultants often play a key role in security in offering expertise and insight which can transform the quality of service, product or system that is offered. It recognises the existence of distinct skill sets and crucially the ways these are harnessed and managed to make a difference to security strategy and/or practice.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  • Describe the role and objectives of the consultant and the key factors that reflect outstanding performance. (500 words)
  • Describe how the security consultant has displayed outstanding performance in terms for example, of leadership skills, a focus on the customer, by adding value or otherwise driving excellence. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the ways in which the consultant has driven security performance
  • Highlighting the key distinguishing strengths of the consultant including leadership skills
  • Identifying the ways in which the role has influenced positively wider business operations
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrating how high performance and benefits are sustained

3. Outstanding Police/Law Enforcement Initiative

This OSPA recognises an initiative from governmental bodies/that is police-led that have developed a security scheme that has a positive impact on the [COUNTRY] security community and led to an improvement in security and safety.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  • Describe the initiative and its key objectives and any innovative aspects that have led to its success. (500 words)
  • Evidence how the initiative benefits its target group highlighting the role of management/partnerships in generating an effect. (500 words)

The judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the aims of the initiative and the needs it meets
  • Highlighting how it enhances police/law enforcement objectives
  • Identifying the factors that enable staff/leadership to excel
  • Providing examples of improved performance/relationships with stakeholders
  • Demonstrating the different benefits and how they are sustained

4. Outstanding Cyber Security Initiative

This OSPA recognises the company, team or individual that operates an outstanding cyber security initiative that has led to improved security. Cyber crime is a hot topic in recent times, and cyber security initiatives will be more commonplace as the world becomes more connected. This OSPA is aimed at an innovative initiative that has created outstanding security performance in protecting the company/stakeholders from digital threats.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  • Describe the cyber security initiative, highlighting its key features that were responsible for delivering outstanding performance. (500 words)
  • Describe how the initiative made an impact in developing outstanding cyber security practices in terms of adding value, improving performance or otherwise driving excellence. (500 words)

The judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the aims of the initiative and the key benefits it provides
  • Highlighting the business approach, specific skills and tactics that underpin performance
  • Identifying the factors that enable staff/leadership to excel
  • Providing examples of outstanding performance for stakeholders
  • Demonstrating the business benefits and how they are sustained

5. Outstanding Female Security Professional

This OSPA recognises a female security professional, at any level of an organisation, who has consistently shown outstanding performance over an extended period of time and has had a substantial impact upon defining and driving standards in the security sector.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  • Describe her role, including key moments and prominent achievements throughout her career. (500 words)
  • Describe how outstanding performance has been at the forefront of activities throughout their career, how this person has encouraged others to perform outstandingly and how they have contributed to raising performance standards throughout the security sector. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the ways in which the individual has driven security performance
  • Highlighting the factors that enable the individual to excel
  • Identifying the ways in which the individual has influenced security sector and/or client operations
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrating the overall value added by the individual’s overall contribution

6. Outstanding In-house Security Team

This award recognises outstanding in-house security teams in the private, public or voluntary sectors. An outstanding team is one that has implemented an approach which has contributed to the overall performance of the organisation. This can include roles in protecting the organisation against different types of threats, some or all of which may be innovative or exemplary, as well as showing outstanding performance in enabling the organisation to operate in ways or areas that would not be possible without the contribution of the security team

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  • Describe the work of the security team and the ways in which it has driven outstanding performance highlighting the key factors that have enabled success. (500 words)
  • Describe the impact of the team highlighting the benefits and value it has generated for different stakeholders. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing how the team creates and implements an effective security strategy and drives security performance
  • Highlighting how good security impacts on the wider organisation
  • Identifying the factors that enable staff/leadership to excel
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrating how improvements made to people and/or process and systems

Rules of Entry

  • Entrants must be operating in Ghana to enter the Ghanaian OSPAs. The work upon which entries are based must be coordinated within that territory.
  • An entry must relate to work carried out within the previous 18 months.
  • Entries must be based on up-to-date, accurate and honest information. Any entry that violates this rule will be disqualified.
  • No alterations may be made to nominations that have been submitted.
  • A company or individual can enter more than one award category, providing all the requirements of the category are met.
  • Any attempt to gain unfair advantage at any point during the process will result in immediate disqualification.
  • The OSPAs judging panel are responsible for awarding the winners of each category. Their decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The decision of the judges must be respected and by entering the OSPAs entrants accept this condition.
  • Entries must be submitted through the official form on the website, by email, or through procedures set down by an official OSPAs partnership organisation.
  • Entrants must complete the entry form to the best of their ability and must use accurate and honest information. If any information is found to be inaccurate the entrant will be disqualified.
  • No alterations may be made to nominations which have been submitted
  • All entries to the 2018 Ghanaian OSPAs must be received before the deadline of 10th September 2018. Entries received after this time may be disqualified.

Please note that we do not anonymise the entries anymore. Our experience has led us to let the judges see the entry in full so that they can help ensure that no OSPA is awarded to anyone disreputable. That stated, please be assured that judges will mark the entry based only on the information that has been provided. By limiting the entry to short text based answers the OSPAs aims to create a level playing field where small and large companies can compete fairly. Moreover, we have found that long answers are not necessarily good ones and being required to think about and focus on the information most relevant to the judges can be helpful; it is quality not quantity that we value.