Daily Archives: 28/02/2014

Home Office/Security Industry Authority: ‘Revised timetable for business licensing’

On Thursday 27 February, at a meeting of the Security Industry Authority’s (SIA) Strategic Consultative Group, Home Office officials updated representatives of the private security industry on the timetable for introducing business licensing.

The group was told that the Home Office remains committed to introducing business licensing.

The necessary arrangements to allow the SIA to start accepting business licence applications in April 2014 are not yet in place, and therefore the ‘Open for Business’ date has been postponed.

The Home Office will announce a revised business licensing timetable as soon as possible.

The private security industry will be given at least three months’ notice of the ‘Open for Business’ date.

SIA CEO Bill Butler

SIA CEO Bill Butler

Revised dates will allow at least six months between the ‘Open for Business’ date and the legal requirement date (when it will become a legal requirement for businesses to hold a licence).

The legal requirement date remains set at 6 April 2015.

The Strategic Consultative Group comprises representatives from the private security industry, the SIA, the Home Office, the Scottish Government, the Department of Justice Northern Ireland, the industry skills sector, Parliament and other parties interested in the private security industry.

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MITIE TSM wins Workforce Safety accolade at UK Rail Industry Awards

MITIE has won an award at the UK Rail Industry Awards for Workforce Safety, recognising the company’s significant contribution to the effective and efficient running of the UK’s rail industry.

The company beat off strong competition to secure the endorsement of the independent judges at the UK rail industry event, which was attended by over 600 industry professionals.

MITIE’s Total Security Management (TSM) business was given the award because of its work with partner Reference Point and client Network Rail, the operators of Britain’s rail infrastructure.

Implementation of the Sentinel scheme

Employees needed a safe and practical tool for managing access to track sites, so MITIE TSM commissioned a platform with the objective of ensuring no-one undertakes an activity unless they have been trained and assessed as competent.

MITIE's new corporate logo

MITIE’s new corporate logo

Working with software partner Reference Point, MITIE TSM’s team implemented the enhanced, fully managed Sentinel scheme – a card system that ensures each and every track worker is fit, trained and competent to start work on Network Rail’s infrastructure.

The new Sentinel card system enables 100% authentication of staff training. With the old system only an estimated 2% of cards were authenticated.

Also, the system provides access to the UK’s only large shared access lone worker protection system.

The partnership has enabled Network Rail to implement a solution that meets the rail industry’s workforce competence and skills checking needs, as well as improving workforce safety for its trackside workforce.

Significance of the technology

Darren Gamage, technology services director for MITIE TSM, said: “I’m delighted this unique and industry leading system has been recognised. This is testament to how significant the technology will be in improving safety across more workforces, not only in the transport sector but across any industry. We see significant opportunities in other sectors with safety-critical activities.”

MITIE TSM's Darren Gamage (second from right) picks up the award

MITIE TSM’s Darren Gamage (second from right) picks up the award

Gareth Llewellyn, director of safety and sustainable development at Network Rail, added: “New Sentinel is the passport for working on our network safely. Technology has moved on apace since we introduced the original Sentinel back in 1999. The opportunity to take advantage of smartcard and smartphone technology will take Sentinel to the next level, providing us with benefits that we haven’t seen before.”

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BTP investigation launched following sale of fake Beyonce tickets

Detectives from British Transport Police are investigating more than 100 cases of ticket fraud relating to Beyonce’s recent concerts at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester.

Detective Constable Mike Dermody commented: “It seems that someone has been selling fake tickets to concert goers who only realise the tickets aren’t genuine when they reach the venue. We believe there have been more than 140 sets of fake tickets sold, though only seven victims have come forward so far.”

Dermody added: “In most cases, the tickets have sold for at least £100 each and each victim has bought at least two tickets, so we are potentially looking at a fraud worth more than £28,000.”

Each transaction has taken place over the Internet using public selling websites, with the victims arranging to meet someone in Manchester to pick up the tickets.

Beyonce: currently on tour in the UK

Beyonce: currently on tour in the UK

“We believe the victims of this fraudster will be spread far and wide as people travel from all over the UK to see Beyonce,” commented Dermody. “Therefore, we’re appealing to anyone who has been sold fake tickets but has not yet spoken to the police to come forward. We have a number of leads, but need as many people as possible to get in touch.”

If you have any information about the fraudulent tickets please call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40.

In all calls quote BTP log NWA/B5 of 28/2/14.

About the British Transport Police

The British Transport Police is the specialist, national police service for Britain’s railways. BTP deals with major and minor crime, disorder and incidents and covers the rail system in England, Wales and Scotland (including London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, the Glasgow Subway and the Midland Metro and Croydon Tramlink systems).

The BTP’s 2,880 police officers, 376 Police Community Support Officers, 251 Special Constables and 1,451 support staff are recruited and trained like those of local forces and have the same powers. Find out more at: http://www.btp.police.uk

The North Western Area of British Transport Police covers the National Rail system throughout the north west from Stoke to the Scottish border. It employs 263 police officers, 36 Police Community Support Officers, 24 Special Constables and 63 support staff.

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