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Security News And Views

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SIA Chief Executive targets buyers of cut-price security

Alan Clamp, our Chief Executive launched a new initiative at Security Twenty17 promoting responsible buying of security and the SIA s Approved Contractor Scheme. Alan Clamp told the audience at the Heathrow event that we want to persuade purchasers to buy security on quality, not just on price. Our new SIA leaflet, Do You Buy Security: the regulator s guide to buying private security has been produced in support of the initiative. Holding a copy of the leaflet, Alan Clamp told the audience:

Buying cut-price security can be appealing, but it is a false economy. I would say to buyers of security that the safety of the public, and the reputation of your business, are too important to trust to the lowest bidder without any other safeguards.

Very cheap security can come at the expense of lower standards and a higher risk of harm to people and property.

The leaflet is particularly intended for use by our Approved Contractors when tendering for work, and explains the benefits of the scheme. Alan Clamp continued:

One way that buyers including the public sector – can support and recognise good quality security provision is to use businesses that have the SIA s Approved Contractor Scheme accreditation. Buyers can be confident that these businesses have been quality assured to ensure that the services that they provide are compliant.

Our Approved Contractor Scheme, which is voluntary, measures private security suppliers against a set of independently assessed criteria. The Scheme currently covers more than 840 businesses throughout the UK. Approved Contractors range in size from multi-national companies to local small enterprises, and they all comply with the ACS standards. Alan Clamp noted recent successful prosecutions of criminal and non-compliant security businesses through work by our regional investigation teams. He held up our enforcement activity as a crucial element of its strong commitment to achieving and maintaining high standards within the security industry.Using an Approved Contractor reduces the risk to buyers that their brand may be associated with non-compliant businesses.

The new leaflet can be downloaded from our website.

Further information:

  • The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

    The SIA’s main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.

  • For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates visit www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk.

    The SIA is also on FacebookSIA Chief Executive Targets Buyers Of Cut-price Security (Security Industry Authority) and TwitterSIA Chief Executive Targets Buyers Of Cut-price Security (SIAuk).

Unlicensed security director given suspended prison sentence as court considers confiscation of his assets

On 6 November, at Caernarfon Crown Court, Mark Pursglove was sentenced for working without a licence following several hearings in October 2017 and September 2017. At this latest hearing, Pursglove was given a 4-month prison sentence suspended for 2 years. He was also sentenced to a community order of 150 hours unpaid work. As part of this hearing, Pursglove was referred for the confiscation of assets under the Proceeds of Crime Act (2002). As a result, a confiscation timetable was set.

Pursglove is a serial offender, he was found guilty of working without a licence on 14 September and this is the second time he has been prosecuted; in February 2016, he was found guilty of supplying unlicensed security operatives. When sentencing Pursglove, the Judge said:

I do not think you appreciate how serious this matter is. A licence is required for public protection. It ensures that the public know that when they are at their most vulnerable, for example when they are drunk; there are calm heads around who have their best interests at heart.

The Court takes a serious view of this. You breached your licence in 2016 and a substantial financial penalty was imposed (over 8,000). You lost your licence in early 2016 and you tried to manufacture your way around this. You were found guilty by the magistrates of two serious offences.

The matter is aggravated by your failure to admit your guilt and to show contrition to the probation officer ahead of the hearing today

Nathan Salmon, our Criminal Investigations Manager also said:

I am hopeful that Mr Pursglove s sentence will stop his involvement in the private security industry. For several years, the SIA has had to use the strongest sanction and prosecute Mr Pursglove because of his ongoing offending. However, he was arrogant and wilfully ignored his 2016 conviction and the loss of his licence, a matter which the SIA could not ignore.

We will pursue the recovery of Mr Pursglove s assets, which he has as a result of his crimes. This action will prevent the reinvestment of profits made by criminals and limit their unfair advantage over legitimate businesses. The next hearing will be at Caernarfon Crown Court on 9 April 2018. Pursglove will be ordered to pay a victim surcharge and costs at the end of confiscation proceedings.

Further information:

  • The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. The SIA’s main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.
  • For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates visit www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk.

    The SIA is also on FacebookUnlicensed Security Director Given Suspended Prison Sentence As Court Considers Confiscation Of His Assets (Security Industry Authority) and TwitterUnlicensed Security Director Given Suspended Prison Sentence As Court Considers Confiscation Of His Assets (SIAuk).

Door supervisor who refused to wear his SIA licence receives a criminal conviction and loses his licence

Door supervisor, Warren Steele, has had his licence revoked following a conviction, for failing to display his licence whist on duty. Steele was sentenced on 15 September 2017, at Chester Magistrates Court. Steele, a head door supervisor, was caught on two occasions failing to display his licence when he was working at a bar near Chester. When our investigators confronted Steele, he was less than co-operative. This is an important condition, as it demonstrates to the public that the door supervisors they see at bars and clubs are properly licensed and regulated.

We revoked Steele s licence as a result of his non-compliance. Pete Easterbrook, our Criminal Investigations Manager said:

“Warren Steele thought that the conditions attached to his SIA licence didn t apply to him. He didn t want to listen to our investigators advice when we spoke to him, and instead displayed an attitude that was both disappointing and concerning. The vast majority of operatives working within the security industry engage positively with the SIA and our partners. However, the circumstances of this case meant that we considered prosecution to be entirely appropriate.”

Wrexham County Chief Inspector, David Jolly said:

“The prosecution of Steele demonstrates the effective partnership between the North Wales Police licensing team, the Local Authority and the SIA. The irresponsible behaviour by Steele undermines all the fantastic work that workers in the night time economy undertake to ensure that the public can enjoy themselves.”

This case began in February 2017 when our investigators, in conjunction with North Wales Police Licensing Team, were conducting checks in the Connah s Quay area. Our investigators challenged Steele over not displaying his licence, he answered that he didn t think he should have to.

Our partnerships and interventions team and the police warned him that failing to display his SIA licence constituted a breach of his licence conditions. On 23 June 2017, our criminal investigations team were carrying out licence checks again in the Connah s Quay area. They came across Steele who was still not displaying his licence, despite having been told in February to do so. Consequently, we decided to prosecute Steele for ignoring the licensing conditions. The court heard that Steele, a head door supervisor, had held SIA licences for a number of years, and should therefore have been aware of the SIA licensing conditions.

As a result, Steele has had his licence revoked and was issued with a conditional discharge for 6 months. He was also ordered to pay costs of 250 and a victim surcharge of 20. Pete Easterbrook, our Criminal Investigations Manager also said:

SIA licence holders have both a responsibility and a legal obligation to adhere to the conditions of that licence. These are not optional. In this case, failure to comply has resulted in a criminal conviction and a revocation of the individuals SIA licence.

Where appropriate we will try to encourage compliance in the first instance. However, we will not hesitate to prosecute those who display a blatant contempt for regulation, and in doing so undermine the safeguards and assurances that regulation provides.

Further information:

  • The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. The SIA’s main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.
  • For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates visit www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk.

    The SIA is also on FacebookDoor Supervisor Who Refused To Wear His SIA Licence Receives A Criminal Conviction And Loses His Licence (Security Industry Authority) and TwitterDoor Supervisor Who Refused To Wear His SIA Licence Receives A Criminal Conviction And Loses His Licence (SIAuk).