SIA Update February 2017
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February 2017
In this month’s newsletter we remind you to register to attend our 2017 Stakeholder Conference, which takes place on Tuesday 14 March 2017. We have announced the speakers and information on the interactive workshops.

Also featured is the launch of the SIA coprporate blog. The first blog is by our Chief Executive, Alan Clamp. He talks about who is responsible for improving standards across the private security industry.

We have an enforcement update following a court ruling, which upheld our decision to refuse ACS approval to Extreme Security Solutions Limited.

For those of you using business accounts, we outline the effect of the recent update to our watchlist function.

Finally, we have an article that explains why we don’t allow you to make changes to an application after you have submitted it.
Speakers and Workshops at Stakeholder Conference
Consultation – SIA Corporate Plan
SIA Corporate Blog
ACS Review Consultation

Decision to Refuse ACS Status Upheld
Compliance Checks Across the UK

Further Watchlist Improvements
Explaining the Licensing Process

BSI Revises Door Security Standard

SIA Annual Stakeholder Conference
SIA News
2017 SIA Stakeholder Conference: Speaker and Workshops Announced
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On Tuesday 14 March 2017, we will be holding our 2017 Stakeholder Conference at the Hallam Conference Centre, in London. The theme is partnership working and the event will feature guest speakers and discussion forums.

Today we announced the details of the workshops to be run at the conference. This will be your opportunity to raise issues directly with us as the regulator, the Home Office and other delegates from the industry.
The upcoming conference will consist of three discussion workshops which will consider the following questions:

Taking Responsibility for Standards
  • Who is responsible for ensuring standards of service delivery in the private security industry?
  • How can employees and businesses do more to drive up standards in the industry?
  • Which areas of operation does the industry most need to improve its standards?
Influencing Buyer Behaviour
  • What is the role of the regulator/businesses/trade bodies, in informing/influencing buyers?
  • Which communication methods and channels work best to influence buyers?
  • What are the common messages that the regulator/businesses/trade bodies should be communicating?
Developing Regulation in Partnership
  • What should regulation of the private security industry be trying to achieve?
  • What are the practical things that the SIA can do to ease the regulatory burden on the Private Security Industry?
  • How is the private security industry changing? How should regulation evolve to respond to these changes?
We have also announced that the Home Office Director for Safeguarding, Jeremy Oppenheim, will be speaking at the SIA Stakeholder Conference.

As well as the work of the Public Protection Unit, which includes oversight of the SIA, Jeremy is responsible for overseeing the Government’s response to Child Sexual Abuse, Modern Slavery, Public Protection and Counter-Extremism. Jeremy has been with the Home Office since 2003. From 2013 to 2015 he was Director for Growth and Engagement working with business and academic communities, in the UK and abroad, to promote growth and improve external engagement.

The closing date for bookings is Thursday 9 March.

Date: Tuesday 14 March 2017.
Time: Registration from 09:15am, start at 10:00am – 16:15pm
Location: Hallam Conference Centre, London
Price: £50 per delegate, including VAT (reduced from £95 last year) includes lunch and refreshments.

All the information about the discussion workshops and the speakers is available on our website. Visit our website for further information and to book.

Register and book your place
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SIA Corporate Plan Consultation
We are currently developing our draft corporate plan. We are consulting on the high level objectives and our key areas of work upon which the Plan will be built. The SIA Corporate Plan will incorporate our Strategic Plan for 2017 to 2020 and our Business Plan for 2017-18. Taken together, these will set out the mission, vision and strategic goals that we propose for the next stage of our regulatory activities.

We are seeking the views of all interested parties on our proposals. We want to ensure that the next phase of our work reflects the views and priorities of those who buy, supply or rely on private security. This consultation sets out four questions. These will establish whether you agree or disagree with our proposals and capture any views or comments you wish to make.

We will consider the feedback you give us before publishing our final plan.

The consultation closes on 21 March 2017.

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SIA Corporate Blog – Tell Us What You Think
Who do you think is responsible for raising industry standards?

We have launched our corporate blog to discuss developments in the private security industry and to provide further insight and opinion on our work. Every month we will publish a blog that discusses industry topics.

We hope you will engage in an on-going discussion with us; provide comments and share your opinions.

In this first blog our Chief Executive, Alan Clamp discusses the joint responsibility for ensuring quality and raising standards across the private security industry.

Read our blog on who is responsible for raising industry standards?

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Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) Review Consultation
A full review of the SIA’s Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) will take place over the coming year to ensure the ACS remains fit for purpose. We have commissioned the independent research firm, Pye Tait, to carry out this review.

Between March and June 2017 Pye Tait will be asking private security industry companies about their views of the present ACS; for example, its advantages and disadvantages, and how it can be improved. Pye Tait will be seeking your views on a revised ACS Standard and assessment approach towards the end of 2017.

We will be publishing updates in this newsletter on the progress of the ACS review.

Have your say

We want to hear from you, and there are several ways you can share your views with us. We will be developing an online survey and conducting in-depth interviews and workshops to gather your feedback.

We want your help with shaping the future of the ACS and ensuring that we get the very best outcomes. We will be in touch again when the online survey is open.

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Enforcement Update
Courts Uphold our Decision to Refuse ACS Status to Extreme Security Solutions Limited
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On Tuesday 21 February, at South Cheshire Magistrates' Court, we successfully defended an appeal by Extreme Security Solutions Limited against a decision to refuse the company's application for Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) status.

The court heard that the company, based in Macclesfield, applied for the ACS approval in November 2015.
A similarly-named approved contactor, Extreme Security Limited, went into liquidation in January 2016 with significant debts and owing tens of thousands of pounds to HM Revenue & Customs.

After an investigation, the new company’s application for ACS approval was refused in September 2016 on the basis that the director, Mark Longden, was previously the director of a company (Extreme Security Limited) which had gone into liquidation within the past 12 months.

Another reason we refused their ACS approval application was that the previous director, Amie Longden, was unlicensed for several months prior to obtaining an SIA licence in March 2016. Additionally, the SIA had discovered that the company supplied an unlicensed security guard to a local college over a period of several months.

The court heard that, when interviewed by our investigation officers, the unlicensed guard had stated he also had problems with alcoholism and debt. Julian King, representing the SIA, drew the court’s attention to the disregard for public protection when the company supplied unlicensed staff to a location as sensitive as a college.

Mark Longden is the current director of Extreme Security Solutions Limited and a former director of Extreme Security Limited. He denied knowing that the new company had been supplying an individual who was unlicensed.

He accepted that Extreme Security Solutions Limited should have had better procedures in place to prevent the offence taking place, but claimed that the various problems with the company had now been resolved.

Longden denied that Extreme Security Solutions Limited was a ‘phoenix’ company, and stated that the company had not been trading at the time of its ACS approval application – despite having declared on the application form that it held several contracts to supply security services.

Upholding the decision to refuse the company’s application for ACS approval, the Magistrates stated that our evidence had been “clear and credible”. In contrast, the Magistrates found that the evidence of company director Mark Longden had been “vague and inconsistent”. Upon dismissal of the appeal, Extreme Security Solutions Limited were also ordered to pay the SIA’s legal costs of £4,067.

Lisa Targowska, SIA Deputy Director Legal, said:
“The SIA will continue to vigorously defend court appeals of this nature. The aim of the Approved Contractor Scheme is to improve standards within the security industry, and we are determined to ensure that the scheme is not undermined by unsuitable companies who attempt to circumvent its requirements.”
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Compliance checks across the UK
The SIA Partnerships & Interventions team undertook random compliance checks across the country in February.

The North team visited premises in Merseyside and Durham, the London team were active in East London and the South East team attended in venues in Portsmouth and Southampton. In total, 180 licences were checked.

One potential Section 3 offence, working without a licence, was identified in London following the discovery of a suspected counterfeit licence. Further investigation and action regarding this will be taken by the London team. A further four warnings were issued to licence holders for breaching their licence conditions.

Since April 2016 we have undertaken 350 random licence checks at sites such as Job Centres, shopping centres, courts, docks, supermarkets across the UK and seen a compliance rate of 99%.

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Licensing Matters
Further Improvements to our Watchlist Function on our Licensing System
We have made a change to the licence watchlist function, which will allow you to upload up to 500 licences. Previously you could upload 250, but following feedback from private security businesses, we have increased this to 500. The process to upload up to 500 licence details remains the same. You can do this by:
  • Navigating to the ‘watchlist’ tab
  • Creating a new watchlist or updating an existing watchlist by selecting ‘upload’
  • Browsing to choose a CSV spreadsheet file and selecting ‘Upload’
Once your watchlist has been updated you will receive confirmation through a notification message in your account’s ‘Messages’.

Depending on your settings you may need to format the licence number as a number with no decimal points. Having this data in a spreadsheet format will enable you to sort, filter and search more easily.

Watch our YouTube video on Setting up a Watchlist
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Explaining the Licensing Process
Legal Declaration

When you submit an application for an SIA licence you make a formal, legal declaration that the information you have provided is, to the best of your knowledge, “true and complete in every respect”. This legal declaration is binding, regardless of whether you are submitting your own application or someone else’s. Section 22 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 makes it a criminal offence to knowingly or recklessly make a false statement to the SIA, the penalty for which is up to six months imprisonment and/or a fine of:
  • England & Wales, an unlimited amount;
  • Scotland, up to £10,000;
  • Northern Ireland, up to £5,000.
This is why we don’t allow you to make changes to an application after you have submitted it: if we did, it would make the legal declaration impossible to enforce. It is also why you should check that what you have entered into the application form is correct before you submit it.

Go to Stages in a Licence Application
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Business Matters
New British Standard BS8593 Draft for Public Comment
The British Standards Institute (BSI) has issued BS8593 (Code of practice for the deployment and use of Body Worn Video (BWV)) for public comment. A draft will be open for comments until 6 March 2017 and can be found online on the BSI website.

This new British Standard provides technical and operational recommendations for the deployment and use of Body Worn Video (BWV) used for recording interactions between the wearer and other parties, or the environments in which the wearer finds themselves. This standard applies to both BWV users and system owners, as well as suppliers. It also takes into account how the visual/audio data is captured, viewed, stored and used securely.

Your comments on this draft will inform the British Standard. If no comments are received to the contrary, this draft may be applied unchanged as a British Standard.

All feedback and comments on the draft BS8593 will be appreciated and considered. To share your views, you just need to complete the quick, free registration process and follow these simple steps:
  • Use the search bar or browse by category to find the draft standard (BS8593)
  • Read and review the current standard and think about how it would affect you and your business
  • Comment on the draft standard and help shape its future.
Go to BS8593 Draft
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Upcoming Events
SIA Annual Stakeholder Conference
Tuesday 14 March 2017,

The Hallam Conference Centre,
44 Hallam Street,

Find out more and book your place
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