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Security Industry Authority promotes safer security at Reading’s student haunts

On the evening of Saturday 8 December, the Security Industry Authority’s (SIA) South East Partnerships and Interventions Team and Thames Valley Police officers called at Reading’s top student pubs and clubs to share Best Practice guidance on safer physical intervention for door supervisors as a reminder of how to keep their clients and themselves safe.

The initiative marked the Reading launch of a campaign designed to improve students’ safety during the Christmas party season. The SIA team members shared posters and leaflets on ‘Safer Physical Intervention for Door Supervisors’ with four top student pubs. The information features guidance and illustrations of Best Practice for safer restraint. This is intended as a quick reminder for door supervision licence holders and relates to the training they received in physical intervention.

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Kevin Young, the SIA’s regional investigations manager for the South Region, stated that the initiative is a positive way in which to promote safer working practices at venues where acts of violence or aggression could occur.

“We want students and young people to have a great night out and go home this Christmas unharmed. Of course, we also want to ensure the safety of the licensed door supervisors who work at these venues, the majority of whom do a very good job in what can be challenging circumstances. This latest initiative builds on an existing partnership between the SIA and Thames Valley Police designed to reduce the levels of violence induced by what can ve high levels of alcohol consumption at Reading’s nightspots.”

The initiative is supported by Thames Valley Police (Reading) and the University of Reading.

In addition, the campaign seeks to persuade businesses and door supervisors in Reading’s night-time economy to report incidents to the police such that the SIA can form an accurate picture of the level of violence that takes place against students and door supervisors. Incidents can be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 or via the Regulator’s website.

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Belfast door supervisor prosecuted for working without SIA licence

On 15 May at Laganside Magistrates Court in Belfast, Gareth Henry was prosecuted by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and found guilty of working without a licence.

The SIA was alerted to Henry’s behaviour last October by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). They had received reports of Henry using excessive force at a bar on Dublin Road in Belfast. SIA investigators visited the venue where Henry worked and found that he was working without a licence.

The investigators discovered that Henry had previously held a licence, but that it had expired in 2013. He was cautioned for working without a licence in 2016 by the PSNI and in response submitted an application to the SIA, which was refused. At this point, Henry changed jobs.

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In December, SIA investigators interviewed the general manager at the bar where Henry was working. Further enquiries revealed that Henry had been working at the bar for over a year. When SIA investigators interviewed Henry, he admitted to working without a licence. The SIA consequently prosecuted him.

Laganside Magistrates Court found Henry guilty. He was ordered to pay a fine of £250, fixed costs of £92 and an offender’s levy of £15

SIA criminal investigations manager Pete Easterbrook said: “The SIA exists to protect the public. Our licensing regime is designed to ensure that those individuals who may represent a risk to the public are not able to work lawfully in the security industry.  The fact that this case was brought to our attention through an allegation of excessive force only serves to highlight the risk posed to the public through the use of unlicensed security operatives.”

Easterbrook concluded: “Despite having been previously cautioned for working without an SIA licence, Gareth Henry continued to work as a door supervisor and took steps to avoid being detected. This prosecution serves as a reminder that undermining the safeguards provided by regulation is entirely unacceptable. Those doing so can expect to be brought before a court.”

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SIA checks reveal high compliance levels across London and Birmingham

Security Industry Authority investigators launched a simultaneous operation across Birmingham and London on Thursday 26 June. The operation was conducted to check the security licences of door supervisors and security officers working across 29 venues in the two cities.

In Birmingham, 56 security officers were checked at venues including building sites, retail shops, a railway station, the airport and a museum.

Of those checked, one individual was found working without an SIA licence. Enquiries are ongoing.

In central London, 57 door supervisors were checked in pubs, bars and clubs. All the door supervisors were working legally as they held valid SIA licences.

Four warnings were issued to individuals for failing to notify the SIA of a change of their address. This is a breach of SIA licensing conditions.

Regional investigations manager Paul Cartlidge said: “Random operations like this are undertaken throughout the year to ensure that those working in the private security industry are properly licensed. The scale of this operation and the positive results show that the majority of people working in the industry are aware of their legal obligations.”

Cartlidge concluded: “We will continue to work closely with the industry and enforcement partners to ensure that these high levels of compliance are maintained.”

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Positive results in SIA security checks across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire

Investigators from the Security Industry Authority joined enforcement partners across two counties to conduct simultaneous security checks on Friday 13 December.

Checks on door supervisors were carried out across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to ensure they were properly SIA licensed.

In Nottingham city centre, SIA investigators were joined by officers from Nottingham Police’s Licensing Team to conduct checks on eight security operatives across four venues including bars and clubs. No licensing offences were found.

In Ilkeston and Long Eaton, officers from Derbyshire Constabulary and SIA investigators conducted checks on 24 door supervisors across 12 venues including pubs and clubs. All those inspected were working legally.

By law, security operatives working under contract and all door supervisors must hold and display a valid SIA licence

By law, security operatives working under contract and all door supervisors must hold and display a valid SIA licence

Safety of the night-time economy

SIA Head of Investigation Nigel Davies said: “During the busy festive period we will work closely with our enforcement partners to ensure the safety of those who enjoy pubs and clubs in the area. The results of this operation show that revellers can enjoy a safe night out as they know that the security operatives are properly SIA licensed.”

Sgt Mark Lomas of the Derbyshire Constabulary added: “Door supervisors play a vital role in helping to make sure premises are well run and that their customers are safe. We were very pleased to be able to work together with the SIA to conduct these checks.”

Sgt Lomas continued: “We’re committed to tackling alcohol-related violence and recognise that enabling people to have a safe and enjoyable night out goes a long way towards reducing the risk of violence. We were also pleased that none of the premises checked had any issues. This demonstrated that the premises were taking their responsibilities seriously.”

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