SIA Update March 2017
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March 2017
In this month’s newsletter we share with you the highlights from our 2017 Stakeholder Conference. We have uploaded all the videos and presentations and they are available online, so if you missed it you can catch up online.

Also featured in this issue, is an announcement that we have recently awarded new contracts to Approved Contractor assessing bodies to deliver ‘standard route’ assessment services on behalf of the SIA.

We have an enforcement update on the prosecution of a door supervisor in Cardiff, and a report on the Nottinghamshire Child Sexual Exploitation Showcase 2017.

This month we also talk about driving licence numbers – why we need them for some applications, and how to enter them in our system correctly.

Finally, we have an article about the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) and its new initiative to urge the public to act on their instincts and report suspicious activity.
Message on Counter-Terrorism from the Met
SIA Corporate Blog Post
SIA Stakeholder Conference Newsletter
New Approved Contractor Assessing Bodies
Violence Reduction Workshops
ACS Review

Unlicensed Cardiff Door Supervisor Convicted
Nottinghamshire Combatting Child Sexual Exploitation Showcase 2017

Explaining the Licensing Process

Action Counters Terrorism Campaign

International Parliamentary Conference on National Security
SASIG Workshop
SIA News
Message on Counter-Terrorism from the Met
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A message from the Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Specialist Operations in the Metropolitan Police, Lucy D’Orsi.

The UK threat level has been severe for some time and this level will not change. The level of threat is complex and ranges from lone actors intent on carrying out crude attacks to sophisticated networks pursuing ambitious and coordinated plots.
As always, we advise the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency the public should always call 999. Please reinforce that to your workforce.

I appreciate that you have responsibility for the security of buildings and therefore a large number of people. It is important at times such as these that the police security stance and that of the private security sector is joined up.

As a result, we are recommending that you consider some protective security tactics to aid your security at this time, whilst remembering that the threat level remains at SEVERE.

We know that terrorists will undertake hostile scouting ahead of conducting an attack and increased vigilance by staff and the creation of a hostile environment combats such hostile inspection. Please refresh the knowledge of staff that have received Project Griffin - this link opens in a new window and Project Argus - this link opens in a new window training and deploy staff who have received training in behavioural detection (where you have them).

Please be proactive in challenging visitors, vehicles and anything out of place and consider the following options from our Stakeholder Menu of Options, particularly around crowded place, night time economy and iconic sites
  • Review patrol strategy (be unpredictable). Adopt high visibility clothing.
  • Brigade resources with neighbouring contracts/buildings
  • Report any suspicious activity in a timely manner. Early reporting of suspected hostile reconnaissance is vital in combating terrorism
  • Implement communication links with surrounding premises to pass on information about suspicious activity/behaviour
  • Consider closing non-essential access and egress points
  • Focus CCTV on all communal areas and vulnerable points
  • Ensure CCTV is fit for purpose
This is not an exclusive list and I recommend you look at the full menu and consider any other options that suit your premises or organisation.

Please review your building and business continuity plans. You should ensure that first aid points are fully stocked and the location of key equipment is made clear to all staff. We also recommend that staff are directed to the Citizen Aid app and Run, Hide, Tell on YouTube. The number of casualties treated by the public highlights the importance of understanding first aid.

NaCTSO has refreshed its latest guidance on recognising the terrorist threat and I would recommend you access this at - this link opens in a new window

The following links provide additional useful information that may assist when deploying the tactical options:
Please also carry out your own reviews of security levels and some of you will have innovative and new ways of delivering protective security, which you may wish to share with other partners. If you deploying such tactics and are willing to share them, please forward them to NaCTSO who will circulate them. Please contact them on

Lucy D’Orsi,

Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Specialist Operations, Metropolitan Police

Click the button below to read the latest guidance on recognising the terrorist threat.

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SIA Corporate Blog Post
It’s good to talk, and, as a Regulator perhaps even more important to listen.

In this month’s blog our Chair, Elizabeth France, talks about the Strategic Forum and the Stakeholder Conference and the importance of us as a regulator engaging with and listening to the private security industry.

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

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SIA Stakeholder Conference Newsletter
Did you come to our stakeholder conference? It took place on Tuesday 14 March 2017 at the Hallam Conference Centre, London.

If you missed it you can catch up via a special edition of our e-mail newsletter, SIA Update, which documents the events of the day. In it you will find links to the videos from speakers giving a short summary of their presentations. The speakers came from the private security industry, academia, the Police and the NHS. They brought a wealth of experience on a range of issues affecting the private security industry.

The conference also included a series of discussion workshops. Attendees shared their thoughts on a variety of topics, and engaged in a valuable dialogue with us at the SIA. It was an opportunity to raise issues directly with us, the Home Office, and other delegates from the industry.

Read our conference newsletter online
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New Approved Contractor Assessing Bodies
We have recently completed a re-tender process for both the Standard and Passport routes and can announce the new contracts to Approved Contractor assessing bodies.

The following assessing bodies have been awarded new contracts to deliver Standard route assessment services on our behalf.
The following assessing bodies have been awarded new contracts to deliver Passport route assessment services, which we will recognise. What does this mean for approved contractors?

We are working closely with assessing bodies that will no longer be offering the ACS assessments. Our aim is to ensure a smooth transition for all existing Approved Contractors that currently use their services.

Any approved contractor who is not currently using one of the newly appointed assessment bodies should contact their current assessing body to seek further assistance regarding transition.

Click the button below to find out more about the ACS assessing bodies on our website.

Go to ACS Assessing Bodies
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Violence Reduction Workshops
We are running a series of events across the UK to promote violence reduction measures within the night-time economy. We want to bring people together to discuss local initiatives, share experiences and good practice to prevent harm of security operatives and the public.

The aim of these events are:
  • Share good practice of successful multi-agency violence reduction initiatives/approaches
  • Develop a shared understanding that violence reduction includes reducing violence against licensed operatives and so improve the reporting of incidents
  • Raise standards of safe restraint by introducing new guidance material for security operatives
  • Share best practice for measuring the success of violence reduction initiatives
At each event we will hear from representatives of the Police, local authorities and town centre initiatives.

The briefings are free to attend and will take place at the following locations:
  • Ipswich – 25 April 2017
  • Brighton – 11 May 2017
  • Manchester – 17 May 2017
More events will be added.

Spaces are limited so if you would like to attend then please email us indicating which event you would like to attend

Email us to book your place
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ACS Review: Have Your Say
We will be working with Pye Tait over the coming year to undertake a full review of our Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS). This is to ensure it remains fit for purpose.

The research will engage with a range of security businesses, buyers of security, partners and stakeholders to capture their views of the present ACS – for example, its advantages and disadvantages, and how it can be improved.

During the review research activities will include:
  • Online surveys for security businesses, stakeholders and buyers of security
  • Telephone interviews
  • Workshops and focus groups
The ACS Review portal

We need your help in shaping the ACS to ensure we get the very best outcomes. Please register to take part in the events and activities - this link opens in a new window associated with the ACS Review consultation online. You can also find out more by visiting the ACS Review portal and by registering for any events/activities.

We will notify you once the online survey is open.

Visit the ACS Review Portal
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Enforcement Update
Unlicensed Cardiff door supervisor convicted
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On Tuesday 7 March Christopher David Price was found guilty of working without a licence at Cardiff and Vale Magistrates Court.

In June 2016, during checks on night-time economy venues in Cardiff, Christopher Price was seen working as a door supervisor wearing what appeared to be an SIA licence.
Price’s licence was checked and although the photograph looked like Price and was issued to a C Price with an expiry date of October 2018, it was a laminated paper photocopy that looked like an SIA licence.

Our Register of Licence Holders confirmed that the licence number Price had on his laminated badge was registered to someone else. Price was cautioned for working without a licence and he was removed from the door supervisory duties. In court, he pleaded guilty to working without a licence and using a false document which purported to be an SIA licence, an offence under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981.

Price was sentenced to 100 hours unpaid community work, a custodial sentence of 12 weeks suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs and a victim surcharge of £115.

Read the full news story online
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Nottinghamshire Combatting Child Sexual Exploitation Showcase 2017
On Wednesday 8 March 2017, the Nottinghamshire Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Showcase 2017 was held in Nottingham. The aim of the conference was to inform frontline workers of the ongoing CSE work within the county. These key workers operate in the voluntary and statutory services, and come into contact with young people at risk of sexual exploitation, so such awareness is valuable.

Agencies present included the NSPCC, The Children’s Society, Nottinghamshire and Nottingham Safeguarding Children Boards, Nottinghamshire Police Sexual Exploitation Investigation Unit and Nottinghamshire County/Nottingham City councillors. The SIA was invited to present to the conference regarding the SIA’s ongoing CSE support within the county.

A representative from our Partnerships and Interventions team attended this showcase as part of our key activity to combat CSE by raising awareness of its prevalence within the night-time economy. We have been working with the partners mentioned above and over the next few months we will be giving you an update on this.

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Licensing Matters
Explaining the Licensing Process
Driving Licence Numbers

We ask for your driving licence number in two different places, for two very different purposes:
  • Account matching. The first time you log in to our licensing site we ask you if you’ve previously held or applied for an SIA licence. We then ask for specific information, which in some cases will include your driving licence number. Your answers are used by us to match up your new user account with your existing records.
  • Licence application. When you apply for a licence we ask if you hold a UK driving licence and (if you say yes) we ask for the number. Your answers are used by us to confirm your identity.
Most UK driving licence numbers use a standard format that includes characters drawn from the driver’s name and date of birth (the exceptions to this are those issued in Northern Ireland). Our licensing system knows what this format is and uses the same logic that the DVLA uses to determine what your driving licence number should be. That means that the information you give us has to match the information you gave the DVLA. If it is different – for example, if you told the DVLA that you have a middle name but you didn’t tell us – then the number you put in won’t be the number our system is expecting. That’s why the help text in the application form says “Ensure that the name on your driving licence matches the details you provided on the previous page.

If our licensing system is rejecting your driving licence number, please make sure that the name and date of birth details you give us match the name and date of birth details printed on the driving licence. If they are not please contact us through your online account and ask us to change your details on our system.

Some UK driving licences feature two additional numbers to the right of and separate to the main number (for example: XXXXX111111XX1XX  99). Please do not enter these last two digits.

Click the button below to read the explanation of UK driving licence numbers.

Go to UK driving licence numbers

The Application Fee

The fee we charge when you apply for a licence is an application fee: when you pay it, you aren’t paying for the licence, you are paying for us to process your application. This is explained on our website and in our Get Licensed booklet.

This means that:
  • You are not entitled to a licence simply because you have paid the application fee.
  • You are not entitled to a refund if we refuse your application for a licence
  • You are not entitled to a refund if we are unable to progress your application because of something you do or do not do
  • You are not entitled to a refund if we grant you a licence but then subsequently suspend and/or revoke that licence because of something you do or do not do
We recommend that you read the ‘Information for Applicants’ section of our website before you apply, as doing so may save you time and money.

Click the button below to find out more about the cost of a licence.

Go to How Much Does a Licence Cost?
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Business Matters
Action Counters Terrorism Campaign
You will have hopefully noticed that the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) launched a new initiative. The new campaign, Action Counters Terrorism – Make Nothing Happen, urges the public to act on their instincts and report suspicious activity. The campaign has four intentions:
  • More actionable intelligence and leads from the public;
  • More referrals for safeguarding vulnerable people;
  • More online extremist content removed;
  • More awareness of how communities defeat terrorism.
Following the recent terrorist attack in Westminster, this campaign is very relevant to the security industry, which deploys tens of thousands of pairs of ears and eyes each day. Visit the Action Counters Terrorism website to find out how you can support the initiative.

Many of you will already have attended Project Griffin - this link opens in a new window or Project Argus - this link opens in a new window training. If you haven’t, or want to consider becoming a deliverer of the training, more information is available online.

The security industry has a significant role to play in making people and places safer from terrorism. We urge you to engage with the Action Counters Terrorism campaign and Project Griffin or Argos initiatives.

Go to the ‘Action Counters Terrorism’ website
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Upcoming Events
International Parliamentary Conference on National Security
Thursday 30 March 2017,

Our Chief Executive, Alan Clamp, is speaking at the International Parliamentary Conference on National Security.

For more information, visit their website or contact

Find out more information
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Security Awareness Special Interest Group (SASIG) Workshop
Friday 31 March 2017,

Our Chair, Elizabeth France is speaking at the SASIG Workshop “Equality and diversity within the security industry”

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