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Media Release - Bandidios Visit - David Hedgcock Security Consultant

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David Hedgcock Security Consultant

L 1, 161 Victoria Parade Collingwood

B/Tel: 94161333                 Mobile: 0418 395 208            

Email: david.hedgcock1@gmail.com

10th October 2008

MEDIA RELEASE

BIKIE GANG VISIT FURTHER JUSTIFICATION FOR MASSIVE CITY SECURITY BOOST

Security Consultant David Hedgcock has seized on comments in today’s media on the visit by the Bandidos Bikie Gang to further his push for up to 200 security officers to be deployed on Melbourne’s Streets on Saturday nights.

Mr Hedgcock stated that, according to media reports, police will devote 395 individual shifts to the operation, including traffic management units, general duties officers and brawler vans.

Sen-Sgt Greg Davies, of the Police Association, is quoted in the Herald Sun as saying that city police were already struggling to cope with drunken violence.

"Clearly, we do not have the current frontline capacity to prevent Melbournians being injured on an average weekend in the CBD. If there have been any slip-ups along the way then this has the potential to make Attila the Hun's foray into Europe look like an end-of-season footy trip." Sen-Sgt Davies reportedly said.

Mr Hedgcock said the Bandidos will certainly be out visiting Melbourne’s pubs and clubs “Will the Government guarantee the safety of venue patrons and crowd controllers? Will the venues be blamed for any incidents caused by Bandido members as they did with the Christopher Hudson incident.

“Clearly the city needs an immediate boost to the security presence in the streets as outlined in my recent proposal.

“The Government needs to act now before another tragedy occurs” concluded Mr Hedgcock.

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David Hedgcock Security Consultant

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David Hedgcock – A Short Resume

David Hedgcock has been involved in the security industry from its infancy to now, a period of 40 years. David has owned several companies but probably the most recognizable name in the industry is Protect Security Group.

David’s group run the first Accredited Security Training Course for Crowd Control and Security Guards in Australia at his own cost and has been involved in the implementation of the many user friendly security and safety practices that apply today.                              

David initiated the issuance of ID numbers so that security staff could be recognizable to the public and the authorities. His training course was certificated and run by the William Angliss College. It was used by the State of Victoria as a guideline to the State Legislation introduced in the early 1990’s to regulate the Security Industry as we now know it today.

Some of the safety standards that are now every day practice were championed by David through his involvement on many different committees and associations, including:

The West End Precinct Association

The Night Club Owners Association

The West End Forum

The Security Forum

Founder of the CCEA (Crowd Controllers Employers Association)

Consultant to the Community Council on Violence Report

David was also instrumental in many of the initial Melbourne Licensee Accord initiatives such as:

Improved Street lighting

Improved Public Toilet Facilities

Safe City Taxi ranks

Supplying private security guards on the streets to assist the Police Foot Patrols

A lot of these standards were introduced into other Cities by David including

Cavill Avenue in the Gold Coast, Kings Cross in Sydney, Hanikan Street Adelaide and Observation City in Perth.

David has had many consultations with some of the largest Security Groups, Associations and Government Departments and has also been called to give expert evidence in a variety of Court Cases and Liquor Licensing hearings as a Specialist Consultant.

In 2006 David was awarded with the First Life Time Achievement Award ever to be presented in the Security Industry by the CCEA (Crowd Controllers Employers Association) which represents most of the larger security firms in Victoria.