Dardan secures former Police Inspector Ross McDermott
A leading specialist in counter terrorism security and hostage and crisis negotiation from Norfolk Constabulary, Ross McDermott, has joined East Anglia's largest security solutions provider, Dardan Security.
Ross (above) spent 14 years with Norfolk Constabulary, rising to the rank of Inspector, working in both detective and uniformed disciplines. He worked in several specialist roles, including managing complex investigations into crimes involving vulnerable people, working on counter terrorism security measures and hostage and crisis negotiation. Latterly, he managed a number of specialist units including public order, specialist search, CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) and police dog units.
He also had responsibility for the policing of Norwich Airport, mobilisation of specialist police resources nationally and the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles, bringing the police, fire and ambulance services’ working practices closer together. He was also a public order commander and public order tactics trainer.
In the newly created role of Head of Aviation and Specialist Services with Dardan Security, Mr McDermott will have responsibility for security for clients at Norwich Airport, Aberdeen Airport and for key national sites and sensitive locations, where Dardan has clients across the country.
Philip Anthony, managing director of Dardan Security, who have offices in Norwich, Ipswich, Aberdeen, Cambridge and Peterborough, said: “This is a very important new appointment for Dardan Security and an exciting expansion of our aviation and specialist security services for our clients. Ross has an impeccable track record within the Police Service and brings an enormous wealth of knowledge and experience.
“We are actively expanding our services for national infrastructure, aviation, pharmaceutical and other high security clients and Ross will be playing a key role in securing new clients in these sectors.”
A business management graduate and French speaker, Ross McDermott said: “After 14 years with Norfolk Constabulary, this is an exciting and stimulating new challenge in the private sector with a dynamic and highly skilled security business. I worked closely with the company as part of my previous role and responsibilities and have always been impressed with the Dardan team and their professionalism.”
Dardan Security are licensed to deliver Project Griffin, for which Ross McDermott will have responsibility. Project Griffin aims to advise and familiarise managers, security officers and employees of public and private sector organisations on security and counter-terrorism issues.
It works by encouraging the public to be vigilant and to report suspicious behaviour and activity around their community to help combat terrorism and crime.
Project Griffin was developed by the City of London Police in 2004 and has been adopted across the country and abroad.