The Outstanding Security Performance Awards (the OSPAs) have been held in Oslo. Norway is the first ever country to hold the awards. The highly respected judges made awards in three different categories, and the awards evening was attended by leading security professionals from across Norway as well as the State Secretary Gjermund Hagesæter, who presented the very first award for Outstanding In-House Security Manager. Birgit Farstad Larsen presented the Best New Security Product and and Tore Kvalheim presented the final award of Best Government Initiative.
The winners, and OSPAs Norwegian Security Hall of Fame inductees are:
Beste nye sikkerhetsprodukt (Best New Security Product)
Safe4 Security Group AS
SelectaDNA is a forensic marking system which contains a liquid specifically DNA-coded to each individual customer or company. This allows police to trace stolen and later found items back to the crime scene, which not only returns the stolen property to the owners, but also increases the chance of convicting the thieves. SelectaDNA offers a full range of property marking solutions and is ideal for individuals, schools, businesses, hospitals and councils to protect assets and belongings. Crucially, the DNA factor of this product acts as a huge deterrent to criminals.
“When we saw the other finalists I thought we can’t imagine winning, we have and it is extremely good”
Chief Security Officer of Safe4 Security, Frode Mathiassen
“Winning the OSPA award was fantastic news. We are humble and grateful to the nomination committee, but most of all proud that SelectaDNA won the first OSPA Best New Product Award. Getting this recognition from our own Industry is a great honour.
The launch of SelectaDNA in Norway has been part of a pioneer project, together with representatives from Finance Norway, The Norwegian Business and Industry Security Council (NSR), Tryg, Police and Safe4 to reduce the crime rates. The Police and NCIS has approved the method behind SelectaDNA and given Safe4 important and strong support.”
CEO of Safe4 Security Group AS, Bjørge Kraft
Beste statlige sikkerhetsinitiativ (Best Government Initiative)
Odd Skei Kostveit
Odd is an assistant chief of police and project manager, working with five police districts in the central eastern part of Norway. Part of his responsibility is working against mobile organised crime groups. One of the most common targets for these groups are private homes. On this background, he was asked by the National Criminal Investigation Service to lead a pilot project where SelectaDNA was the product to be tested. The project’s aim is to reduce property crime in a designated area in our region. Police, Tryg insurance, Safe4 (distributor of SelectaDNA), Finans Norge (FNO – branch organisation for insurance and ofher sectors) and Norges sikkerhetsråd (NSR – branch organisation for security branch) participate in the project, lasting one year from September 1 2015. SelectaDNA is well known in the UK, and this kind of collaboration is also well known. In Norway, we have had much less experience, and that is the most important aspect of the project.
“When I saw the finalists I thought no way can we win. I am honoured.”
Fremragende intern leder for sikkerhet (Outstanding In-House Security Manager)
Jan is a security manager for Miljødirektoratet
“A great honour and I think it is important to have a prize like this; the security sector needs recognition.”
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