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As many of you may have heard, the security industry lost one of its most valuable operators on October the 10th when Jon-Paul Imlay passed away.  

J.P started his security journey in the late 90’s becoming a regular figure on Dundee doors. His easy charm, wit and cheeky nature made him someone customers warmed to instantly. He made people feel safe and welcome, a far cry from the way doors had been run previously. J.P helped introduce a more customer focused approach in these early days as he fulfilled supervisor and managerial roles with local company CKH and national company Securigroup, an approach that has now been adopted throughout the industry. J.P was, not for the last time, ahead of the game!

In 2008, J.P took this type of security a step further when he was instrumental in forming Safe-Tay Security, becoming both the Operations manager and figurehead of the company. Safe-Tay could not have picked a better person to launch their company. The company started with local contracts and, building on J.P’s great reputation with the licence trade and customers of the nighttime economy, were rapidly able to become a significant player in local security. The word Safe-Tay and the name J.P became synonymous with quality service, a personal touch and always that happy, cheeky smile that allowed him to say almost anything to almost anybody, and he often did! His own reputation and that of the company became more widely known as Safe-Tay grew, taking on contracts for stadia security at Dundee, Dundee United, Arbroath, Brechin and Montrose football clubs. This work led to him becoming know to football supporters, players and managers all over Scotland. Sometimes the fans would even let them know their ‘affectionate’ feelings towards him when the action on the park slowed, as it sometimes does in our wonderful leagues!

Safe-Tay also provide security for The Scottish Game Fair at Scone palace, a setting fit for security royalty! This was one of the highlights of J.P’s year, rubbing shoulders with the hunting, shooting and fishing fraternity, haggling for bargains at the many stalls and treating everyone exactly the same as he treated cheeky nightclub customers full of the drink on a Saturday night in Dundee. He handled meetings with Police Scotland, football clubs, stallholders, licensing officials, everyone, with the same natural ability. This is what made J.P special. He maintained a level of confident, unforced professionalism throughout his career. There cannot have been many people as universally loved, liked and respected in any industry. J.P left a lasting impression on anyone he met and was a pioneer in the security industry. He leaves behind him a devastated family, innumerable friends and a legacy that can only benefit Safe-Tay security and the rest of the industry.