New Head of Security for NSW

January 8, 2019 by Elana Bowman
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Matthew Meyerson has been appointed Head of Security for Sydney’s Community Security Group (CSG) NSW.

Matthew Meyerson joined CSG in 2012 as a volunteer and worked his way up gaining security experience to eventually working part-time under former Head of Security David Rothman.

“I’d like to acknowledge the incredible work David has poured into the CSG over the past 14 years enabling it to grow it into what it is today and I will work tirelessly to continue where he’s left off”, Matthew Meyerson said.

“When I joined the CSG in 2012 David was Head of the CSG, and ever since then, I have always looked up to him. He has always been a phenomenal leader for the CSG and the community and I will continue to ensure the safety of our community is upheld. I developed a very strong friendship and a great working relationship with him and have personally seen the phenomenal amount of time to the organisation. It really is a testament to him that the CSG is held in high esteem, not only nationally but globally. I believe that the community is indebted to David for the amount work he’s put in. I will continue to uphold his strong standards and ensure that our community safety and way of life is at the fore of what we do.”

CSG protects synagogues, Jewish Day Schools, institutions, and communal events in NSW. Matthew added: “Head of Security for CSG is an enormous responsibility and it carries with it all sorts of challenges – some of which are predictable – but some of them are not. In the end, what matters most is that our mission of protecting life and the Jewish way of life is given the utmost priority.”

CSG has over 270 volunteers of different ages, experiences, walks of life, and skills with Matt Meyerson saying “they are the core and heartbeat of our organisation”.

With a full-time 12-member professional team, some of whom form the core senior leadership team, CSG’s highly-trained personnel and motivated volunteers continue to face the unfortunate security challenges which face our Community.

Matt told J-Wire: “Our priorities for 2019 include boosting our protection capability, utilising and developing advanced technology, and streamlining new systems.”

Matt Meyerson studied Town Planning and crime prevention prior to joining CSG – both of which provided relevant context to the ever-changing and demanding security industry.

With the current threat environment being as volatile as it is, the importance of the CSG has never been as critical for the community as it is today and in the immediate the future. CSG are continuously looking at potential threats and adapting to necessary changes. As a result, CSG has a close relationship with law enforcement agencies.

Over the past three years, both the law enforcement agencies and CSG has strategised and ensured police protection in synagogues across NSW during high holiday periods. As a result, CSG has reached the highest level of professionalism by drawing experience and skills from a range of people in different fields.

Another goal is to place more emphasis on protecting the Jewish way of life through empowering confidence through the community – ensuring all community members have some awareness of the threat, but more importantly, know how to contact CSG to report suspicious activity, and in an emergency. CSG is planning to have a more open relationship with the community aiming to engage each and every member of the community through innovative social media, and CSG’s 24-hour hotline.

Matt Meyerson stressed: “Our community throughout NSW needs to know that we are always here and always available.”

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