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30. May 2022

News release

Former BDSW Managing Director Dr. Harald Olschok Joins the KÖTTER Safety Advisory Board

-> Friedrich P. Kötter: “More top experts gained for our family business”

-> Experience from over 30 years of working for the Federal Association of the Security Industry

-> Dr. Olschok: “Separate legislation and increased PPP are key factors for the future”

Essen (May 30, 2022). For more than two decades, KÖTTER Security, the largest family business in the security industry in Germany, has had a high-calibre group of experts on its safety advisory board. Dr. Harald Olschok, former Managing Director of the Federal Association of the Security Industry (BDSW) and the Federal Association of German Cash and Valuables Services (BDGW), has been appointed to the committee. Other members of the safety advisory board are Wolfgang Bosbach, former Chairman of the Interior Committee in the German Bundestag, Fritz Rudolf Körper, former Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI), and Hans-Helmut Janiesch, retired Senior Police Director/Criminal Director.

“The successful development of the security industry is closely linked to the work of Dr Olschok. An example of this is the change in responsibility for the security industry to the Federal Ministry of the Interior about two years ago, which he worked towards to a large extent together with the BDSW Executive Committee. This meant a decisive political recognition and at the same time laid the foundation for separate legislation for the security industry currently being developed at the Ministry,” emphasised Friedrich P. Kötter, Member of the Board of Directors of the KÖTTER Security Group. “I am therefore proud that our family business has been able to gain another top expert in the field of internal security in Dr Olschok. I am convinced that he will provide important input for our company and the industry with his know-how and his authoritative manner, through which he can bring together the most diverse interests.”

Dr. Harald Olschok expressed his gratitude for the trust placed in him and emphasised the great importance of private security companies. “With around 260,000 employees nationwide, the security industry has long since become an indispensable factor for internal security and economic protection. This is a position to which the quality service providers in particular have made a decisive contribution with their sustainable commitment to, among other things, their own training professions, continuous further training, and high quality standards,” explained the economist, who, in addition to his above-mentioned functions, has also served as an Executive Board Member of the BDSW since 2018. “During my 30 years of working for the BDSW and BDGW, I have always experienced KÖTTER Security as a pioneer in these areas. That’s why I’m looking forward to continuing to actively shape the future development of our industry as a member of the KÖTTER safety advisory board.” 

The focus is on the creation of independent legislation for the security industry as stipulated by the federal government in the coalition agreement. “It is the crucial building block to finally take into account the systemic relevance of our industry as well as to create new opportunities for expanded public-private partnerships (PPP) through its associated strengthening. Given the steadily increasing security challenges, this expansion of cooperation – following the example of many other European countries – is one of the key elements for the security of the future in Germany as well,” clarified the 66-year-old. “With the draft bill for a Security Trade Act, which is currently being prepared, the BMI is currently creating the important basis for what will hopefully be a prompt adoption by the legislature.”

Supporting our own management staff in training and new projects

The know-how of the KÖTTER safety advisory board has also paid off in our own company for many years. The members provide advice to the management staff of KÖTTER Security, especially with regard to cooperation with the public sector and the realisation of new projects in the field of critical infrastructures. In addition, they participate in the creation, updating and implementation of training and further education measures within their own academy.

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