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SIA Update, October 2014
Welcome to the latest edition of SIA Update, the SIA's newsletter for people with an interest in the private security industry. We hope you find it informative and useful. If you have any suggestions on how we could improve it, please let us know.
Online DBS application tracker
SIA Stakeholder Conference 2014
Fact or Fiction?
Spotlight On... the SIA Prosecutions page
Enforcement News

Use of Consultants for an ACS Application
Authority codes
Licence Processing Times

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Online DBS application tracker
Image shows The Disclosure and Barring Service logo The Disclosure and Barring Service has launched its online tracker. Whenever you need to check the progress of your DBS application, all you need is your date of birth and the application form reference number.

Employers can also use a multiple online tracking service to view several DBS applications at once and order blank application forms.

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SIA Stakeholder Conference 2014
Image shows Elizabeth France CBE speaking at the conference This year's stakeholder conference opened with a speech from our Chair, Elizabeth France CBE.

Elizabeth highlighted the three themes that ran throughout the day: Supporting Business; Delivering Effectively; and International Perspectives.

Her speech entitled ‘Moving Forward’ focussed on our direction in the future and progressing as a regulator.

For the SIA
  • We have worked with the industry on moving regulation forward, including work on the specification of a new regime focussed more on businesses and less on individuals.
  • We recognise the expenditure and effort the industry has put towards preparing for business licensing, and of course, the continuing uncertainty.
  • Business licensing is now a Government matter. We are creatures of statute and we must work to the legislation provided for us, and we cannot work without proper legislation or powers.
  • We have done everything we can to prepare for business licensing, the SIA and industry stand ready for business licensing, as and when we have the legislation.
  • We will be audacious with the powers we already have. We will continue to move forward, to deliver the most effective regulation possible, to protect the public, and support legitimate business.
  • We will recognise good businesses and tackle those which are not so good – or even downright bad!
  • We will encourage informed buyers to play their part in ensuring effective protection of the public, by working with suppliers which are respected and professional.
  • We will deliver better services and lower costs.
  • We are currently working on our draft business plan for the next three years. We want you to be part of that plan. We will consult with you this winter and we need you to tell us your thoughts, what we’re doing right, what we’re doing wrong, and what do you think about our direction of travel.
From you, the industry, we ask two things:
  • Respond to our planning consultation this winter
  • Be part of a respected and professional industry.
Download Elizabeth France’s full speech - this link opens in a new window (PDF, download size: 304kb)
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Ana Osbourne from The Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) gave a presentation on ‘Making the UK a great place to start and grow a business’.

Ana spoke about what the Government is doing to help people start and grow a business, and she highlighted the help that’s available to existing businesses.

Ana emphasised the new home of business advice www.greatbusiness.gov.uk where all Government advice, guidance and support are brought together into one place. At the core of the website is a new online tool called ‘My Business Support’; which helps businesses identify their needs and then direct them to the most appropriate public and private sector support.

Download Ana's presentation - this link opens in a new window (PDF, download size: 372kb)
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Andy Archibald, from the National Cyber Crime Unit at the National Crime Agency, spoke about Tackling Cyber Crime in the UK.

Andy spoke about the role of the National Cyber Crime Unit in protecting the prosperity of the UK against criminals who are taking advantage of new technologies.

He highlighted the need for partnership working and participation across law enforcement agencies, government and industries. This closer working would contribute to a detailed threat assessment and lead to a greater understanding of how this emerging threat should be tackled.

He mentioned some of the key cyber-crime threats, including malware, which is increasingly used to target businesses and individual users for fraud.

Andy promoted the work of the Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CISP). The new cyber partnership launched to help government and industry share information and intelligence on cyber security threats.
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Prefect Jean-Yves Latournerie, Director of the National Council for Private Security Regulation, spoke about security regulation in France.

Jean-Yves presentation gave an overview of private security regulation in France. A third of security in France is carried out by the private sector, employing around 150,000 security guards. Regulation, which includes licensing companies, has been in force for over 30 years in France.

There are 11 inter-regional regulator’s offices throughout French territory. Each of these has a licensing service and an inspection service, and also the secretariat of the relevant Inter-regional or Local Licensing and Inspection Commission responsible for adjudicating cases in that area.

Jean-Yves explained how funding operates in the French system: a tax of 0.5 % of the net turnover of private security companies is collected by the French Treasury services. The method of collection is similar to VAT: the tax due appears on invoices issued to customers and clients.

Download Jean-Yves presentation - this link opens in a new window (PDF, download size: 1Mb)
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Baroness Angela Smith ‘Why regulation matters’, spoke in support of private security regulation.

Baroness Smith spoke of her support for the private security industry, especially as it reaches an important and crucial stage in its development in the lead up to business licensing. She spoke of the impact that the private security industry now has on public safety at national level and how it is now part and parcel of everyday life.

Lady Smith highlighted how the landscape of private security had changed in the last ten years, and how partnerships with local authorities and the police are now integral to the national infrastructure and our National security. Looking to the future, she mentioned the challenges faced with new technologies such as cyber-crime and how new strategies were needed to deal with this risk.

Lady Smith concluded by saying how impressed she was by the integrity and commitment of the private security industry, and she fully supports the objective for high standards and regulation of businesses.
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Ian Thomas, Consultant to Police Scotland, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, spoke about private contract security deployment at the Games.

Ian’s presentation focussed on the provision of private contract security at the Commonwealth Games, how the organising committee selected security, and how that work was assured. Ian highlighted that one of the conscious decisions made prior to the Games was to engage with multiple security suppliers. Seventeen companies were used on a framework which set out to supply a total of 6,020 staff across all the venues. The largest company supplying 949 staff per day and the smallest company providing 29 staff per day.

Ian praised the contribution of the private security companies who contributed to the key aim of making the Games a safe and secure event. He went on to say that at future events, organisers will build on the experience gained working within the private security industry at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, and organisers will be able to reduce the numbers of police and military personnel deployed.

Download Ian Thomas’s presentation - this link opens in a new window (PDF, download size: 125kb)
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Jeferson Furlan Nazario, President of the Brazilian National Federation of Security Companies and Transportation Markets (FENAVIST). Spoke about private security regulation in Brazil.

Jefferson explained that FENAVIST was formed in 1989 to represent the interests of private security in Brazil. Its membership is made up of 2,400 companies that employ over 700,000 personnel across Brazil. The federation’s aim is to secure better conditions for all working in private security, and to represent the views of all businesses within the industry, while promoting growth and modernisation.

Jefferson explained that a security guard in Brazil is required to undertake 180 hours of training and a further 50 hours is required before they can operate at events.

He went on to share experiences of providing security at the FIFA World Cup. The Games were attended by 3,400,000 people, from 32 countries, and a total of 40,000 private security personnel were deployed. Jefferson finished by showing his appreciation for his visit to The UK and how the valuable lessons learned will be put to good use in their preparation for the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016.
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John Ryan, Chief Executive, Private Security Authority, spoke about private security regulation in the Republic of Ireland.

John provided background on how the Private Security Authority was established in 2004 to deal with criminality, lack of public confidence and poor standards. There are currently 27,000 PSA Individual licences issued, across 3 sectors, and 840 contractors (businesses) licensed across 7 sectors.

John outlined the key features of the Irish licensing regime and highlighted that both unlicensed contractors and their clients are accountable for offences and liable to prosecution. He explained the positive impact of contractor licensing and that over 100 contractors had exited the industry prior to regulation being introduced.

John concluded by looking at the lessons learned from regulation, and he emphasised the absolute Importance of the security Industry in the process. He also echoed what had been raised by others during the day, that unless there is a legal requirement for quality standards it is highly unlikely they will ever be delivered.

Download John Ryan’s presentation - this link opens in a new window (PDF, download size: 1.1Mb)
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Image shows the conference panel and Bill Butler at the podium Bill Butler, SIA Chief Executive closing remarks.

Bill reflected on the key themes from the day:

  • Partnerships - how essential they are for effectiveness in the private security industry.
    And the partnerships we need to create and foster with the industry, with those who buy security, and with those who enforce in the security sector.
  • The importance of skills and training – the skills and training of those who work in the industry are fundamental to its success. We need to treat our staff less like cannon fodder and more like a key part of our business.
  • Value of shared experiences – from four different national private security regulators on a number of similar issues: organised crime, poor standards and pricing.
    There were also significant differences: The UK is the only country where you can run a security business without a licence. We must not lose sight of the emerging threat of cyber-crime and its impact.
    We should be learning from the international market and continue to find out what other regulators are doing and share that expertise and learning with the UK.
  • Contribution when it matters – The experiences from the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics and in every day are that the people in the private security industry have the skills to do a professional job and we need to make sure that people respect that when it matters.

Bill finished by focussing on where the SIA is now, and how it is moving forward. Business licensing is an important tool and valued by the industry, but we can’t be anchored by it, we must move forward. Our vision is that there should be a minimum amount of regulation in a respected and professional industry. We all have an important role to play in this vision. We need to build confidence in the individuals working in security, and in their skills in the industry. Businesses have a role to play in this. If people need more skills then businesses should be helping them to gain them. It should be part of your competitive edge that your staff are more skilled.

For businesses, we need to make sure we tackle the bad. We are successful at this; our record shows that, there is a regular procession of prosecutions.

We need to help the aspiring businesses and we need to recognise the good, we know that there are companies who look after their staff extremely well. We need to recognise that and free them up with lower levels of intervention from the regulator, and with increased responsibility for their staff.

However, the roles and responsibilities for the private security and its staff apply to all of us. We have to recognise the value of the people working in it. The turnover of staff across the private security sector it still too high; every year approximately 50,000 join the industry to replace the 50,000 who have left.

And finally, our main objective is to protect the public. A safe public is a successful industry.

This winter we will be consulting with you on our plans for the future, we want to hear what you think about our plan; what we are going to do, and what we are going to spend. Please take this opportunity to comment.
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Fact or Fiction?
Image shows a question mark "I don’t have to wear my actual licence, I can use a photocopy."

Fiction: You must wear the actual licence.

It is a condition of the licence that a front line licence holder must wear their licence where it can be seen at all times when engaging in designated licensable activity, unless they have reported it lost or stolen, or it is in our possession.

Your licence can be revoked or suspended if you do not do so. You can also be prosecuted, as contravening licence conditions is a criminal offence under Section 9 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001

Some people wear a photocopy of the licence because they are worried that the real thing will be lost or broken while at work and they believe they will have to pay for a replacement. This is incorrect: we don't normally charge for replacing a licence (although we may if we receive repeated requests from the same individual).

Some people believe that they will be unable to work while they wait for the replacement - again, this is incorrect. If you are waiting on a replacement licence from us you can still work lawfully, though you should print out your entry on our register of licence holders and carry it with you along with some form of photographic ID. This will enable you to prove that you are licensed if you are asked to do so by an SIA investigator or one of our enforcement partners (for example, a police officer or a local authority licensing officer).

Reporting lost, stolen or damaged licences
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Spotlight On... the SIA Prosecutions page
Image shows two spotlights focused on our website Much of our enforcement activity cannot be reported on due to data protection and commercial considerations. However, completed prosecutions are a matter of public record.

The SIA Prosecutions page provides information on the prosecutions investigated and initiated by us in the last 12 months. The page is updated on a monthly basis and features details of:

The person / business prosecuted

The type of offence

The court and date of conviction

The sentence they received.

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Enforcement News
Image shows statue of justice Prosecutions

This month the SIA’s investigation team have been busy with prosecutions across Great Britain, in Inverness, Cardiff, London and Yorkshire. The prosecutions demonstrate our commitment to protecting the public from risk, maintaining the reputation of the Approved Contractor Scheme, and recovering the ill-gotten gains from illegal security activity.

Inverness: On 24 September at Inverness Sheriff Court, James Ferguson Hannah, director of Inverness based Castle Security Group Northern Ltd, pleaded guilty on behalf of the company to supplying unlicensed security operatives to a high-profile hydro-electric power plant under repair.

Following a site visit by SIA investigators, the SIA gathered evidence from customers and former employees that showed unlicensed security staff were recruited under the guise of being employed as drivers, but they were working in licensable security roles for Castle Security Group. Castle Security was fined £2,000.

Cardiff: On 2 October at Bridgend Magistrates’ Court, an ex-security director was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for failing to pay £80,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

Dean Campisi of Secure Serve Facilities Management Services was convicted in October 2013 of falsely claiming his company was an SIA Approved Contractor. After the successful prosecution by the SIA, an application under the Proceeds of Crime Act was made to recover ill-gotten funds from Campisi. Under the terms of the order, failure to pay would lead to a custodial sentence for 18 months. Serving the sentence does not clear the debt. After prison the debt still stands.

London: On 13 October at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court, Lambeth based security company Ace Consult was found guilty, in the absence of its director, of two charges of supplying unlicensed security guards, including to a children’s play centre.

Wilson Lugolobi, director of Ace Consult, who is believed to be outside the UK, did not appear in court in September, which resulted in a bench warrant being issued for his arrest. The court levied a fine of £5,500 and awarded the SIA full costs of £8, 267. The arrest warrant for Lugolobi remains in force.

Yorkshire: On 17 October at Sheffield Crown Court, two security directors were sentenced for committing 29 security offences. Under company names Dragon Security and Goodfellas Nightspot Barnsley, the two supplied unlicensed security guards to unsuspecting customers across South Yorkshire. Neither of the pair held SIA licences to work in security. The pair received suspended prison sentences and were disqualified from working as company directors.

The Court set out a timetable for proceedings against the pair and the companies under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

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Approved Contractor Scheme
Use of Consultants for an ACS Application
Do you need expert help to become an SIA approved contractor? This is a question we have been asked many times and the answer is generally no. The ACS application process is designed to be manageable for any company, regardless of size.

Of course you may still choose to engage a consultant to help you with your ACS application. That is a matter for you and your business and the SIA has no role to play in approving any consultancy services. To avoid any issues we recommend that you research and assess potential suppliers prior to selection. This will help you to determine the best option for your organisation and also help to ensure you get value for money.

For further information on the application process
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Licensing Matters
Authority codes
Image shows a telephone If you are a company renewing an applicant’s licence online, please ensure that you obtain the individuals authority code. This can be found at the top of the renewal expiry reminder letter, which goes out to applicants two months and four months prior to expiry.

If the individual requires an authority code they must call our contact centre on – 0844 892 1025.

The individual will be asked a series of data protection questions in order to determine their identity, so please ensure they have their national insurance number and full address details to hand when they call.
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Licence Processing Times
We aim to process a minimum of 80% of all correctly completed applications within 25 working days.

In September 2014, 90% of applications were processed within 25 working days.
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