SIA Update May 2017
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May 2017
In this month's newsletter, we want to emphasise, in light of the recent events, the importance of vigilance and of reporting any concerns to the anti-terrorist hotline.

We also want to remind you to sign up to attend our violence reduction workshops. We have had successful events in Ipswich, Brighton and Manchester discussing local initiatives and good practice examples.

Featured in this issue is an explanation of why we have put the review of the Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) on hold.

This month's enforcement update is about the prosecution of Evans Fullerton Security Guarding Ltd and its director. We also hear about how one of our partners prosecuted an unlicensed door supervisor.

In this month's 'Explaining the Licensing Process' feature we clarify the processes behind character references and licence-linked qualifications.
Terrorism Threat: Stay Vigilant
Violence Reduction Workshops
ACS Review on Hold
'Ask for Angela' Initiative

Evans Fullerton Prosecuted for Supplying Unlicensed Guards
SIA Partner Prosecutes Unlicensed Door Supervisor

Updated Watchlist Function
Explaining the Licensing Process

HMRC Offer Tax Support for Self-employed

Counter-Terrorism Workshop
BS 8593 Launch Event
Security Twenty17 - Harrogate
Security Events Website
SIA News
Terrorism Threat: Stay Vigilant
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In response to the recent events, we want to emphasise the importance of vigilance and of reporting any concerns to the anti-terrorist hotline. The current UK threat level for international terrorism is: SEVERE. This means that a terrorist attack is highly likely.

If you see or hear anything that could be terrorist-related trust your instincts and call the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.
Please refresh the knowledge of staff that have received either Project Griffin or Project Argus training and deploy staff who have received training in behavioural detection (where you have them).

The National Counter Terrorism Office (NaCTSO) has recently launched the following guidance entitled 'the National Stakeholder Menu of Tactical Options'.

Be proactive in challenging visitors, vehicles and anything out of place and consider the following options particularly around crowded places, 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 exit points
  • Focus CCTV on all communal areas and vulnerable points
  • Ensure CCTV is fit for purpose
We recommend that security operatives refresh themselves with how to be vigilant by watching the video 'Personnel security - Eyes Wide Open' by the Centre for the Protection for National Infrastructure (CPNI). The following resources are available:

Watch the video: Personnel Security - Eyes Wide Open - this link opens in a new window

Find out more about:
  • Project Griffin - this link opens in a new window (counter terrorism training for security operatives)
  • Project Argus - this link opens in a new window (counter terrorism training to protect a business or an organisation).
The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) has produced a guidance document with advice for security managers of crowded places. There are a number of operational and tactical options you may wish to consider.

Download NaCTSO's advice for security managers of crowded places by clicking the button below (PDF, download size: 257kb)

Download NaCTSO's guidance
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Violence Reduction Workshops
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We are running a series of events across the UK to promote violence reduction measures within the night-time economy. So far we have run successful events in Ipswich (our East region), in Brighton (our South region) and in Manchester, (our North region).

We want to bring together private security operatives and businesses to discuss local initiatives, safer restraint guidance and good practice to prevent harm to security operatives and the public.
The aim of these events is to:
  • 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 improving the reporting of incidents
  • Raise standards of safer restraint by introducing new guidance material for security operatives
At each event we will hear from representatives of the police, local authorities and about town centre initiatives.

The briefings are FREE to attend - the next event will take place as follows:
  • London - 15 June 2017
More events to be added.

The events run from 10:00pm to 14:00pm, and include a free networking lunch.

If you want to find out more about reducing the risks from violence in the night-time economy then these events are for you. Spaces are limited so email us and book your place today.

Sign up to book your place
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ACS Review On Hold Until Monday 12 June
In the lead up to the general election there are restrictions placed on all government activity, a period known as Purdah - this link opens in a new window. As a result we have had to put the review of the Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) on hold.

After the election, on Monday 12 June, we will resume the ACS review and 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.

We will be promoting the ACS review from this date and contact you with the links to share your views on the ACS and information on the review.

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Pubwatch Supports the Ask for Angela Initiative
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The 'Ask for Angela' initiative allows anyone who is receiving unwanted attention at a bar, music venue or night out to discreetly ask for help. This campaign is being rolled out across the UK so that venue and security staff can respond.

The initiative started in Lincolnshire. The Council's sexual violence and abuse strategy co-ordinator started a campaign to raise awareness of sexual violence and abuse (SVA) services and promote a culture change.
National Pubwatch feels that vulnerability awareness training is an important issue for the pub and hospitality sector and Pubwatch schemes can provide an important focus for initiatives designed to address this problem.

We support this campaign, as it reinforces the vulnerability training that all door supervision staff undertake. The campaign has put together 'Ask for Angela' guidance that gives advice to staff that are using the 'Ask for Angela' poster scheme in their venues. It includes:
  • Offer to take the person asking for help to a part of the venue not in sight of the public or potential threat such as: (staff room, kitchen, toilets)
  • Offer to call the person a taxi or assist them in calling a friend/family member to come and collect them
  • Where safe to do so (the person asking for help is out of sight and the staff consider it safe) request that the person causing distress leaves the venue
  • If the person causing distress becomes angry consider calling the police for assistance or follow your corporate policy on this issue.
You can download the 'Ask for Angela' poster from the Pubwatch website.

Watch the Pubwatch 'Ask for Angela' video. - this link opens in a new window

Download the 'Ask for Angela' guidance
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Enforcement Update
Evans Fullerton Security Guarding Ltd Prosecuted for Supplying Unlicensed Guards
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On 9 May, at Bristol Magistrates Court, the prosecution of Evans Fullerton Security Guarding Ltd and the director Martin Fullerton, was concluded.

This investigation began when our investigators conducted a customer site inspection on 8 December 2015, at the University Technical College in Salisbury.
During this inspection a security operative was discovered working without a licence, an offence under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

Mr Fullerton was contacted about the unlicensed security operative employed by the business and on subsequent occasions he then failed to provide the information sought by us. This is an offence under the Private Security Industry Act.

Our Criminal Investigation Team made further enquiries and found that Evans Fullerton Security Guarding Limited had supplied unlicensed security guards under a contract for security services over a twelve month period.

Mr Fullerton refused to speak to us so a summons was served on both Mr Fullerton and the company for multiple offences under the Private Security Industry Act 2001. This included supplying unlicensed security operatives and failing to provide information to us.

At the initial hearing in February Mr Fullerton plead a guilty plea to failing to provide information and not guilty pleas to the other matters. However the court found the Mr Martin Fullerton and the company, Evans Fullerton Security Guarding Limited guilty of all charges.

The company, which has a motion for strike off, was fined a nominal amount of £1. Mr Fullerton as director was fined £1,000, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £100 and instructed to pay the prosecution costs of £8,927.10.

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SIA Partner Prosecutes Unlicensed Door Supervisor
On 5 May, 23-year-old Noel Burns, Lurgan, was fined £350 at Craigavon Magistrates Court in Northern Ireland, for working as a door supervisor without a licence. He was also ordered to pay a £15 offender's levy.

He admitted that on 3 December last year at La Bamba Bar in Portadown he engaged in licensable conduct, namely working as a door supervisor, without having a licence.

The court heard that police saw him outside the La Bamba in Thomas Street, Portadown. Burns told them that he was a door supervisor but he wasn't wearing his licence and he said he had left it at home.

On 7 January, Burns was seen again at the bar and he was wearing a jacket with the word staff on the back. He admitted he did not have a licence. Burns said he had worked for over a year as bar staff but didn't get paid and knew it was an offence not to have a licence while working on the door.

This prosecution was brought by the PPS on behalf of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), with the investigation and interviews supported by our investigations officers.

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Licensing Matters
Updated Watchlist Function
We have added extra functionality to the Watchlist application within our licensing site.

The Watchlist is a tool for businesses that enables you to manage who you deploy. You can upload lists of licensed operatives to your SIA business account and regularly check the status of their licences.

To help manage licences that have expired, the Watchlist will now display licences as 'Non Active' for three months after their expiry date.

You will now receive a message to let you know that a Watchlist has been created successfully following an upload. The message will contain details of the number of licences in the new Watchlist, any instances of failure to upload (which may occur due to expiry, cancellation, or replacement), and any duplicates within the uploaded list.

The Watchlists for a business are all displayed on the ‘Our Watchlist’ page. We have also added extra search/sort functionality. You can search a Watchlist by:
  • First name
  • Surname
  • Licence number
You can sort a Watchlist by:
  • Surname
  • First name
  • Licence Sector
  • Role
  • Expiry Date
  • Licence Application Status as of *date*
The total number of licences within a Watchlist is now displayed at the top right within that Watchlist's screen, next to the 'Search' button.

The easiest way to check the status of a licence is to search the Watchlist using the 'Search by' facility, using either the operative's name or licence number.

To sort the Watchlist by status you will need to export the Watchlist (Excel CSV file or compatible format).

Watch our video on setting up a personalised Watchlist by clicking the button below.

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Explaining the Licensing Process
Character References

You are not guaranteed a licence simply because you apply for one: as the regulator, it is our role to determine whether you meet the required criteria and if you do not we will refuse your application.

Sometimes our initial review of your criminal record will suggest that although you should be refused a licence, the offences on your record are not recent enough or serious enough to make you a definite risk to the public. If this is the case we invite you to supply additional information to support your application, such as character references and/or evidence of rehabilitation. If the material you submit is sufficient to demonstrate that you are not a threat to the public then we may choose to grant you a licence.

If you supply character references for us to consider, the referee must:
  • Clearly describe the capacity in which they know you;
  • Identify the time period over which they have known you. They need not have known you at the time of the offence(s);
  • Describe your personality and character;
  • Confirm that they know about the relevant offence/s on your record and are still prepared to give the reference (the relevant offence(s) will be detailed in your refusal letter);
  • Provide their contact details, including a daytime telephone number and their address;
  • Sign the reference.
Full character references must be provided to us; we will not actively contact any referees to obtain a reference.

References from family/neighbours/friends/current employers will add little weight to your appeal as they are deemed to have a vested interest. We will give more weight to references from independent and objective sources with no vested interest in the licensing decision - examples might include previous employers, the police, or people of standing in the community.

Character references should speak of any rehabilitation that you have undertaken.

More about character references

Licence-linked Qualifications

We need to be sure that people applying for a licence have not forgotten the skills and knowledge that they learned during their training. In order to apply for a licence you must have:
  • Achieved your licence-linked qualification within the last three years, or;
  • Held an active licence for that sector within the last three years (our assumption being that you will therefore have kept your skills fresh while doing the job)
If you do not meet these requirements then you will need to re-take the training and achieve the necessary qualification.

With one exception, you can only apply for a front line licence if you hold the required qualification for that sector - for example, if you hold a close protection qualification you can only apply for a close protection licence. The sole exception to this rule relates to those individuals who previously chose to 'downgrade' from a door supervision licence to a security guarding licence instead of achieving the 'Level 2 Upskilling a Door Supervisor Working within the Private Security Industry' award. In all other instances the qualification and the licence you apply for must match.

More about licence-linked qualifications
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Business Matters
HMRC Offer Tax Support for the Self-Employed
HMRC is offering digital support to anyone who is self-employed. They have a selection of webinars and e-learning modules available to help with taxes. In June they are holding several webinars on the following topics: During these webinars there will be the opportunity to ask HMRC's experts questions. In addition HMRC has created several e-learning guides: Watch HMRC's 'Am I Employed or Self-Employed?' video - this link opens in a new window

For more information visit the HMRC website by clicking the button below.

Go to HMRC website
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Upcoming Events
Counter-Terrorism Workshop
We are hosting a workshop on Counter-Terrorism on Thursday 15 June 2017. This will include aspects of the Project Griffin training and a presentation from the South East Police Counter Terrorism Unit.

After the recent London and Manchester terrorist attacks we want to emphasise the importance of frontline security operatives having the knowledge and training to know what to look out for and what to do in the event of a terror attack.

We are working with the South East Counter Terrorism Unit team to share their expertise as they held a similar workshop in Surrey earlier this year. This was attended by over 100 local small businesses and the feedback from attendees has been very positive.

The details for the upcoming workshop are as follows:
Where: Oceana, West Quay Road, Southampton, SO15 1RE
When: Thursday 15 June 2017
Time: 13:00 - 15:00
All those attending will receive a certificate that they have completed this workshop and this can be beneficial for career development.

Sign up to attend this event by emailing us before Friday 2 June.

Email us to book your place
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BS 8593 Launch Event
The British Standards Institution is launching a code of practice for Body Worn Video (BWV) - BS 8593. BS 8593 aims to support the work of various public and private sector organisations to deliver a common framework for BWV. This sets out ways that BWV can be used appropriately and proportionately to ensure there is a balance between safety, security, and the privacy of those recorded.

The recommendations enable BWV to be used consistently across multiple applications, such as the police and criminal justice system, parking and civil enforcement, lone workers, and as a common platform for integration into other technologies.
When: 14 June 2017
Where: UBM Place, 240 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8BF
More information is available on the BSI website:

Go to BSI website
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Security Twenty17 - Harrogate
Professional Security Magazine runs the Security Twenty17 regional conferences and exhibitions across the UK.

We will be at the Security Twenty17 conference in Harrogate and Ed Bateman, SIA Deputy Director of Partnerships and Interventions will be presenting on Safeguarding: making people and places safer.

We will also have a stall where you can talk directly with an SIA staff member during the day.

Please visit the Professional Security Magazine - this link opens in a new window website for more information.

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Security Events Website
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