WCoSP Security Handler and Dog of the Year Award

The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals’ (WCoSP) award for Security Handler and Dog of the Year for 2020 has been won by Charlotte Smith and detection dogs, Cooper and Freddie of ICTS UK & Ireland.

This award recognises Charlotte’s outstanding contribution and dedication to improvements in the use of security and detection dogs in the private and public sectors and her pioneering contributions to drugs awareness programmes.

This award is very well deserved, and my team and I congratulate Charlotte on her achievement. Her hard work has had a significant impact, making a difference to the lives of many. Our specialist drugs awareness programme, which Charlotte developed, is being used by over sixty educational establishments across the UK” said Jed Marshall, Divisional Director - Canine Security Services, ICTS UK & Ireland.

Charlotte Smith, Drug Dog Coordinator - Canine Security Services, ICTS UK & Ireland said, “I am extremely delighted and honoured to have been presented with the WCoSP award. I am very grateful for the recognition I have received for my work from both ICTS and the WCoSP and thankful to those who nominated me. I thoroughly enjoy working in this industry as a dog handler with ICTS and look forward to what the future will bring for both myself and the company."

Charlotte Smith began her career with ICTS as an Administrator in our Canine division. Her enthusiasm was obvious from the start and she volunteered to work in the kennels. She increased her knowledge of scent detection work and was awarded her Remote Explosive Scent Tracing Monitor’s license by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory. A further qualification in aviation security completed her role as a Monitor. Charlotte then progressed to working with Free Running Detection Dogs and on completing an SIA Door Supervisor course was promoted to Drug Detection Dog Handler in Passive and Proactive disciplines. Achieving the second highest national level of Passive and Proactive certification by the National Association of Security Dog Users (NASDU), Charlotte was accepted at the South East Regional Police Dog Training Centre and awarded accreditation by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, enabling her to work alongside the Police in schools and the night-time economy. Working with Thames Valley Police in anti-county lines drugs initiatives under Operation Stronghold, Charlotte and her detection dogs helped in the arrests of 79 suspects, recovery of £87,000 cash and seizures of large quantities of illegal drugs.

Ashley Fernandes, Executive Director - Corporate Security, ICTS UK & Ireland commented, “It’s fantastic to see Charlotte’s drive and determination to progress, rewarded by being named the WCoSP Security Dog Handler of the Year. She’s been on an amazing journey since starting as an administrator within our Canine Services division nearly 10 years ago and has become an extremely valued and respected member of the team. Her development and success in her role, is further testament to the commitment by ICTS to offer genuine career pathways and progression to our colleagues. We’re all very proud of her and look forward to where her journey within the business leads to next.

Photo (L-R): Don Randall MBE, Charlotte Smith with Cooper (Security Handler and Dog of the Year, 2020).

For more information on The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals: www.wcosp.org