New Recruit Brings Wealth of Experience and Expertise in Policing and Intelligence Management in the Prison Service
Marlow, UK, 4 February, 2013 – SAS Public Security has further strengthened its team of domain expertise with the appointment of Gordon Harrison to the role of industry consultant. In this post, Harrison will provide expert support to SAS’ pre-sales and professional services teams and in-depth advice to law enforcement, prisons and other criminal justice agencies globally on the most appropriate SAS products to meet their business needs.
Harrison has more than 40 years’ experience working in the public sector. This includes 30 years’ service with the Metropolitan Police where he reached the rank of Detective Chief Inspector. He served in many geographies dealing with a diverse range of crimes and, while posted to New Scotland Yard as part of both the Flying Squad and National Crime Squad, investigated serious and organised crime on a pan-London, national and international basis.
“This is a great opportunity to work for SAS as industry consultant,” says Harrison. “I am looking forward to utilising my experience to assist pre-sales and professional services in marketing our software solutions, and advising customers - from law enforcement and criminal justice agencies to correctional service – on choosing the optimum SAS solutions for their specific requirements and ensuring they get the most out of them.”
According to Ian Manocha, Vice President of Government for SAS Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (AP), “Gordon brings to SAS a wealth of experience in the public security space, in the prison service and policing, key areas of focus for us. These are areas that will be critical in helping us build on existing client relationships and pursuing additional opportunities to increase business growth in the public security market.”
Harrison also spent five years seconded to Her Majesty’s Prison Service (HMPS) where he held an advisory role relating to the management of serious crime in prisons in England and Wales, tackling on-going criminality by prisoners and subsequently returned to work for HMPS as a senior manager heading up their National Intelligence Unit. He was responsible for the development of prison intelligence management resulting in the implementation of SAS Intelligence solution under Project Mercury.
The appointment of Harrison comes at a time when SAS Public Security is continuing to grow as a business, despite the on-going economic downturn. The company has an expanding customer base which includes national security, crime-fighting, investigative and government agencies.
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