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Message on Counter-Terrorism from the Metropolitan Police

Message On Counter-Terrorism From The Metropolitan Police The UK threat level has been severe for some time and this level will not change.

The level of threat is complex and ranges from lone actors intent on carrying out crude attacks to sophisticated networks pursuing ambitious and coordinated plots;

As always, we advise the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the Anti Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency the public should always call 999. Please reinforce that to your workforce. I appreciate that you have responsibility for the security of buildings and therefore a large number of people. It is important at times such as these that the police security stance and that of the private security sector is joined up. As a result, we are recommending that you consider some protective security tactics to aid your security at this time, whilst remembering that the threat level remains at SEVERE.

We know that terrorists will undertake hostile scouting ahead of conducting an attack and increased vigilance by staff and the creation of a hostile environment combats such hostile inspection. Please refresh the knowledge of staff that have received Project Griffin and Project Argus training and deploy staff who have received training in behavioural detection (where you have them). Please be proactive in challenging visitors, vehicles and anything out of place and consider the following options from our Stakeholder Menu of Options, particularly around crowded place, night time economy and iconic sites.

  • Review patrol strategy (be unpredictable). Adopt high visibility clothing.
  • Brigade resources with neighbouring contracts/buildings
  • Report any suspicious activity in a timely manner. Early reporting of suspected hostile reconnaissance is vital in combating terrorism
  • Implement communication links with surrounding premises to pass on information about suspicious activity/behaviour
  • Consider closing non-essential access and egress points
  • Focus CCTV on all communal areas and vulnerable points
  • Ensure CCTV is fit for purpose

This is not an exclusive list and I recommend you look at the full menu and consider any other options that suit your premises or organisation. Please review your building and business continuity plans in the light of this attack. You should ensure that first aid points are fully stocked and the location of key equipment is made clear to all staff. We also recommend that staff are directed to the Citizen Aid app and Run, Hide, Tell on YouTube.

The number of casualties treated by the public highlights the importance of understanding first aid.

NaCTSO has refreshed its latest guidance on recognising the terrorist threat and I would recommend you access this at

The following links provide additional useful information that may assist when deploying the tactical options:

Please also carry out your own reviews of security levels and some of you will have innovative and new ways of delivering protective security, which you may wish to share with other partners.

If you deploying such tactics and are willing to share them, please forward them to NaCTSO who will circulate them. Please contact them on

Lucy D Orsi,

Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Specialist Operations, Metropolitan Police

New Approved Contractor Assessing Bodies

New Approved Contractor Assessing Bodies

The contracts that the SIA has with external assessment bodies are due to come to an end in March 2017. We have recently completed a retender process for both the Standard route and Passport scheme routes. The following assessing bodies have been awarded contracts to deliver Standard route assessment services on behalf of the SIA.


Subject to the contracts being signed the contract will commence on the 1st April 2017.

What is Passport route to ACS?
Passport route requires a company to apply to one of the assessing bodies that operates an accredited passport scheme in the first instance. The Assessing Body will conduct a Passport assessment and if successful will issue a company with a Passport certificate. To gain ACS approval the company then applies to us.

We will conduct fit and proper checks against the company and if these checks are satisfied the SIA will grant ACS approval.

The following assessing bodies have been awarded contracts to deliver Passport route assessment services which we will recognise.


Subject to the contracts being signed the contract will commence on the 1st April 2017.

What does this mean for Approved Contractors?

We are working closely with the assessing bodies that will no longer be offering these services, to ensure a smooth transition for all existing Approved Contractors that currently use their services.

Any approved contractor who is not currently using one of the newly appointed assessment bodies should contact their current assessing body to seek further assistance regarding transition.

Door Supervisor prosecuted for using fake SIA licence

Door Supervisor Prosecuted For Using Fake SIA Licence

On Tuesday 7 March 2017 Christopher David Price pleaded guilty at Cardiff and Vale Magistrates Court, for the offence of working as a Door Supervisor without an SIA licence. He also plead to being in possession of a false document (purported to be an SIA Licence). In June 2016, our investigations officer, accompanied by the Police, checked venues including a bar in Cardiff as part of a night time economy operation. The officers observed Christopher David Price at WOW Bar on Churchill Way in Cardiff, working on the door with what appeared to be an SIA licence. Our investigator checked Price s alleged licence.

Although the photograph looked like Price, it was a laminated paper photocopy intended to look like an SIA Licence. When checked on our Register of Licence Holders (ROLH), it was established Christopher Price did not hold an SIA licence. Price was removed from the door supervisory duties at the venue. After further investigation, it became evident that Price had worked as an unlicensed door supervisor at WOW on 6 earlier occasions, using false SIA licence details.

Price pleaded guilty to working without a licence on 7 occasions, contrary to Section 3 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. He also pleaded guilty to using a false document which purported to be a SIA Licence, an offence under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981. In sentencing, the Magistrates questioned whether Price would have continued with the unlicensed work had he not been caught using the false document. He added that door supervision was an important and responsible job that required the necessary training, which Price had not undertaken.

Price received a custodial sentence of 12 weeks, suspended for 12 months and was sentenced to 100 hours unpaid community work. He was also ordered to pay 1000 in costs and a victim surcharge of 115. Nathan Salmon, our Investigations Manager, said:

The SIA robustly regulates the security industry and will seek to prosecute those who chose to ignore the legislation in place. Christopher Price was not licensed to work as a door supervisor, and yet he knowingly used a false SIA licence on a number of occasions. He deceived the company who employed him, and the general public who frequented the premises, by pretending that he was a licensed individual. Security regulation exists in order to protect those who use contracted security services, not to mention the general public. This is highlighted by the guilty pleas entered by the defendant in this case, and the stiff sentencing that resulted from his fraudulent behaviour.

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

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