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.
- 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.
Hello, As you may have seen on the Incident reporting technology thread I work for a company that are developing a mobile app which may be used by door supervisors and we would love to get your thoughts on this feature and the other app features.
If any London based DS is happy to have a quick 30 minute chat to answer a few questions we’d be happy to reward with 20 cash for your time and happy also to travel to meet you within London either at your venue or in a cafe nearby before you start work.
Please PM me if you’re interested – thank you.
Looking to speak to London based Door Supervisors
VSG are the 4th largest security company in the UK, and have been recognised as one of Britain s Top Employers 2016, with market leading facilities for training and development. People are the core of our business, and we strive to take care of and develop our employees through a wide range of opportunities, excellent benefits and a welcoming working environment.
We are looking to expand our team at one of our prestigious shopping centre contracts in Leeds, and want professional security officers to join us. This is a shopping centre site where you will be dealing with members of the public.
We are looking for applicants with excellent communication and interpersonal skills to deliver the highest standards of security for our client.
- Maintain a safe and secure environment
- Managing the search of deliveries into the building
- Writing incident reports
- Greeting, signing in and directing visitors
- SIA Licenced
- Previous security experience
- Availability at short notice and ability to cover various shift patterns
- Strong Customer Service Skills
- IT literate
- Enthusiastic, motivational and honest
- Smart and professional appearance
In return, successful candidates will be rewarded with an attractive package which includes a highly competitive pay rate, 28 days holiday entitlement (pro rata), a wide range of discounts with selected high street stores, first class training covering multiple skills and an opportunity for advancement within one of the most progressive security providers within the UK security industry.
To apply, please fill out the online application
- Previous Security Experience
- Previous Shopping Centre Security Experience
- Previous Supervisory Experience
- SIA Licence
- SIA Licence – Door Supervision
- Ability to contribute to the team
- Ability to travel to sites in your local area
- Attention to Detail
- Strong written communication skills
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