AN SAS veteran and his daughter are on a mission to make the streets a safer place, and are urging the new Prime Minister for her support.

Mick Hawkes and his daughter Keely would like to see security and situational awareness become integrated in the school curriculum.

Mr Hawkes has developed and delivered a hands-on, interactive programme and workshop for company personnel in some of the highest risk areas in the world which he said resulted in zero security incidents being recorded against staff worldwide in the last 15 years.

He spent 24 years in the military, including 14 years in Hereford as part of the SAS. He then spent 22 years in corporate security in war-torn countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Sudan.


He recently wrote to new Prime Minister Liz Truss to campaign for situational awareness to be an integral part of children's learning in secondary schools.

The father and daughter aim is to ensure their course is available to everyone, not just those that can afford it.

Mr Hawkes said that his daughter went through situational awareness training at the age of 11 and is very aware of the risks on the streets and feels more confident dealing with issues that arise, which is why she is a co trainer for security and situational awareness and rape prevention courses.

They have already started at the NMITE education facility in Hereford and are looking to get to all educational locations to spread the training to everyone, to bring down the number of security incidents in the county and beyond.

The training aims to help young women calculate risk, build self confidence and awareness and adopt sensible precautions against any possible attacks.


Mr Hawkes said: "The primary objective is always to avoid violence.

"There is no silver bullet for dealing with violent crimes on our streets.

"Prevention is far superior approach to dealing with the fallout of the increasing levels of violence on our streets."