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UK week of action on security licencing

Security Industry Authority : 30 September, 2013  (Company News)
The SIA and local police forces have been checking licences held by door supervisors during an ACPO week of action in the country
UK week of action on security licencing

Over 350 door supervisors were inspected during a wide-scale national operation over the days of The Association of Chief Police Officers’ (ACPO) ‘Week of Action’ which took place from 13th to 21st September 2013.

Investigators from the Security Industry Authority supported police forces and local councils nationwide as part of the initiative that focussed on licensing enforcement.

The inspections took place at over twenty towns and cities covering: London, Barnsley, Suffolk, Durham, Stafford, Hertford, Broxbourne, Cardiff, Bridgend, Blackburn, Darwen, Accrington, Blackpool, Stevenage, Belfast, Cookstown, Wellingborough, Rushden, Kettering, Dudley and Stourbridge.

A total of 110 venues were visited including clubs, pubs and bars, with 362 door supervisors checked. Of those, 357 individuals were working legally by holding a valid SIA licence.

Enquiries are being taken forward by the SIA on five door supervisors who were found working illegally, without an SIA licence. Investigators also issued 15 warnings to security operatives for breaching SIA licence conditions such as failing to notify the SIA of a change of their address and failing to display their licence.

John Montague, Senior Manager Partnerships and Interventions at the SIA said: “Supporting our enforcement partners during this worthwhile campaign is pivotal in ensuring that those who work in the private security industry are properly trained, vetted and licensed to do so. This helps to protect the public and allow those that enjoy the night-time economy to feel safe.

“The results show that there is high compliance with the law nationwide, we will continue our efforts to ensure that this is maintained.”

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