In August 2016 our investigator inspected security staff at a taxi company in Chester. This individual was operating as a taxi marshal, working to make sure that the taxi queue did not get out of hand. After inspecting further our investigators observed that the SIA licence displayed on the security operative s arm was different to the name his colleagues called him. They checked the Register for Licence Holders (ROLH) and found out that the licence the security operative was wearing had expired in 2014. The expiry date on the licence card he was wearing also appeared to be altered, so the investigators made a formal request for the SIA licence to be returned.
Further questioning revealed that this security operative was in fact Stacey Sam Harrison, a family member of the original licence holder. The date of birth and address Stacey had originally provided were his own. Checks revealed that Stacey Harrison had never held an SIA licence. After being interviewed under caution in January 2017, Stacey Harrison admitted taking the expired licence. He said he found the licence at a family member s house and made amendments to it. These amendments were to the expiry date and sector. He adjusted the sector as he wanted employers to think he had a door supervision licence, as his employers were seeking door supervision contracts.
During the interview, it became clear that the activity he was employed for was licensable. He also told investigators that he worked at another taxi company regularly and, on occasion, at the Racecourse in Chester for the same employer. Following the initial inspection, in August 2016, the directors of the company were interviewed by our SIA investigators. This interview revealed that Stacey Harrison had been working for the company, unlicensed, from 2011 to August 2016. Our investigators also discovered that the directors knew Harrison under a different name, and that Harrison had led them to believe he was licensed at all times.
One of the directors produced a copy of the licence Harrison had supplied to them, which appeared to have been subject to similar alterations to that handed to our SIA investigation officers. Harrison pleaded guilty to working without a licence. He claimed that he did not have a job at the time, and couldn’t afford the 500 required to obtain a licence. He apologised to the Court for committing these offences. The judge commented that licences exist for a reason and that the offences committed by Harrison were serious, especially forgery of a licence.
Harrison was fined 360, reduced to 240 due to his early guilty plea. He was also ordered to pay 250 in costs, and a victim surcharge of 30. Criminal Investigations Manager, Pete Easterbrook commented that
Working as a security operative without an SIA licence is a serious offence. However, Stacey Harrison took this one step further and altered the SIA licence of a family member and attempted to pass this off as genuine. This is fraud and will not be tolerated by the SIA or the security industry, especially those frontline operatives who have worked hard to genuinely obtain their SIA licence.
The conviction of Mr. Harrison for these offences serves as a reminder that those who seek to undermine the law in this way are very likely to be found out and will face the consequences of their actions in court.
- 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 ideal candidate will have previous security experience, and excellent customer service skills.
- Ensure all officers are competent to undertake their duties
- Following site specific procedures
- Liaise with clients in a polite and professional manner
- Managing a team of security officers
- Managing incident response & reporting
- Managing officer training, disciplinary and welfare issues
- Team Scheduling and Rosta patterns
- Ability to contribute to the team
- Ability to use the microsoft office suite
- Ability to use your own initiative
- Confident dealing with the public
- Previous Security Experience
- Previous Supervisory Experience
- SIA Licence – Door Supervision
- CCTV Licence Required
- First Aid at work certificate
- Previous Shopping Centre Security Experience
- Valid Full Driving Licence
In return, we offer a competitive salary, and excellent colleague benefits.
Supervisor / Team Leader
Job Ref: LON/REC/002 Are you an individual who puts customer service at the heart of everything you do? Can you be our ambassador of the Ward Security brand of quality and excellence?
If so, we want to hear from you. We now have an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to make a real difference and join our team. You will have a proven track record and previous experience of operational management and employee engagement & training.
What is the role? We have a Receptionist vacancy. All roles are subject vetting to a 5 year checkable history.
Where is it based? In our London Region (Central London) at our client s Sites in Brentford What is the Salary?
26,000 per annum Working Pattern: Monday-Friday, 0800-1800 hrs
How to apply: To apply for this role simply click on the Apply button below to complete our online application form Who are we?
Ward Security provides a security services solutions to all UK businesses. Security services include: CCTV security systems, property management, guard dog security, key holding services, security guard patrol services, response alarm systems and more. With over 800 employees operating nationally we seek the best talent to uphold our vision to be the most trusted Security Partner in the UK. Ward Security recruit, train and reward the very best staff, complemented by the latest technology and communications to ensure the highest levels of security and Client service. Read about us @ www.ward-security.co.uk What is the main purpose of the role?
The role is responsible for coordinating deliveries, organising travel arrangements for staff, the first person to meet and greet members of the public and staff. Main responsibilities will include:
- Meet and greet clients and members of the public entering the premises
- To effectively control the access to the client s premises, examining documentation to ascertain the authenticity and authority to gain access.
- Answering internal and external phone calls, ensuring they are forwarded to the appropriate person
- When required to assist and escort visitors to their destinations within the clients complex.
- Book meeting rooms
- Arrange couriers for internal clients
- Where provided to provide monitoring functions to CCTV and alarm functions. To be aware of the operation of those functions and to respond as required.
- To submit detailed reports on discovery of issues relating to health and safety and crime to the relevant authority either verbally or in report form as required.
- To maintain a log of all visitors, incidents and any other records that may be required by the client.
- To maintain the clients key safe to issue and record all movements of keys within the clients premises.
- Successful candidates should be reliable and punctual, possessing:
What experience and skills do I need?
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
- Excellent organisational skills
- An analytical and methodical approach to problems
- Be able to act quickly and decisively
- Have a good eye for detail and attention to detail
- Ability to use your own initiative as well as part of a team
- Possess a Customer focused approach
- Initiative and self-motivation
- Excellent organisational and time management skills
- The ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
- A high standard of personal presentation
- A can do attitude
- Essential that you hold an SIA Licence for security guarding or door supervision
- Applicants must hold a five year work or back to school checkable history
Ward Security are an Equal Opportunities Employer.
Ward Security is pleased to announce that it has become a Recognised Service Provider working alongside the Living Wage Foundation. The achievements means Ward Security and all its subsidiaries meet the standards set by Citizens UK and Centre for Civil Society for good practice by providers of personnel under contract.
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