The presentation of the first-ever Kenya Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) took place virtually on Tuesday 8th December 2020 as part of an online Thought Leadership Webinar –  ‘Learning the lessons from of Covid-19 around the world: assessing the implications for Kenya’ organised in partnership with Securexpo East Africa.

OSPA winners were selected by an esteemed panel of industry figures who judged entries using the same criteria which is applied across the world.  Each winner demonstrated that they have performed at an exceptional level and has shown their commitment and outstanding performance within the security sector.

The winners of the 2020 Kenya OSPAs are:

Outstanding In-House Security Manager
Maj (rtd) Michael Kariuki – SAFARICOM

For me, this award is significant in many ways. First, we seem to have been lagging behind as an industry in terms of recognizing excellence in our security sector, in spite of the fact that we have a very vibrant and professional security industry. In my view, this award will in more than one way serve to catalyze higher standards of professionalism in the industry and cause security professionals in our industry  aspiration to attain even higher standards of service delivery as security professionals. Finally, this award services as a firm remind that the future of professional security management will not only be driven by technology  to aid automation to the extend possible  , but also by paying attention to the security industry workers  in terms of their motivation, benefits and recognition. This has been my guiding principle and I believe this award is an outcome of this.

Outstanding Contract Security Company (Guarding)
Senaca East Africa

Outstanding Security Training Initiative
Private Security Training Academy

Outstanding Security Installer/Integrator
Senaca East Africa

Outstanding Female Security Professional
Caroline Njuguna – National Police Service

I am extremely honoured and humbled to be receiving such a prestigious global award in the first ever Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) in Kenya. This is indeed a recognition of the selfless work done on the grassroot levels for the most vulnerable population by awesome volunteers. 
I wish to thank and appreciate each and everyone who supported the work and kept on pushing me to do more. The award affirms that any efforts done for wellness of humanity finally pays off. I am motivated to continue with the work in order to raise a better generation. This award proves that it is possible have an international touch just from a humble village.
This is a big win for Kenya, A win for the Boots and Brains Initiative volunteers, a win for the National police service and for all Women in Safety and Security in Kenya.

Congratulations to all the finalists and especially the winners on their achievements. Summaries on each of the winners can be found here.

The OSPAs would like to thank all the supporting associations and their representative judges who took part in the 2020 Kenya OSPAs, and whose commitment to the awards is invaluable. Our thanks also go to our Kenya media partners, and a very special thanks to Securexpo East Africa for their collaboration.

Our thanks also go to Edith Cowan University for sponsoring the Trophies and Certificates globally.