Essential information and updates from the SIA

September 2017

We are pleased to announce the date for our Glasgow violence reduction workshop, on 19 October in central Glasgow. It will take place and bring together private security operatives and businesses to discuss local initiatives, safe restraint guidance and good practice.

Also in this newsletter, we share the licence process diagrams we created. These will help anyone who wants to know what to do at each stage of the application process.

Featured this month is the ‘Report on Key Considerations for the Security Sector’ by the Security Research Initiative. This report highlights the ways in which private security can help protect the public – in private and public spaces – and how the industry can enhance this role.

In this month’s enforcement update, you can read about a barred security director who was found guilty of working without a licence and convicted again. This is not the first time we have prosecuted Mark Pursglove. We also prosecuted him in February 2016 for supplying unlicensed guards.
Finally, there is an article explaining why we need your current UK passport number if you are applying for a licence and the need to update us with a new number if your passport has since expired.

Glasgow Violence Reduction Workshop
Combatting Child Sexual Exploitation
Report on Key Considerations for the Security Industry

Barred security director is found guilty of working without a licence and convicted again

Application Process Diagrams
Explaining the Licensing Process

HMRC Products and Services

Security Events Website

SIA News

Violence Reduction Workshop in Glasgow
Good security making towns and cities safer

We have run a series of events recently across the UK to promote violence reduction measures within the night-time economy.  On Thursday 19 October we will be in Glasgow. 

We want to bring together private security operatives and businesses to discuss local initiatives, safe restraint guidance and good practice to prevent harm to security operatives and the public.

The aims of these events are:
  • To share good practice by covering successful multi-agency violence reduction initiatives
  • To improve the reporting of violent incidents against licensed operatives
  • To raise standards of safe restraint by introducing new guidance material for security operatives
You will hear from representatives of the police, local authorities and town centre initiatives. The workshop is FREE to attend.

Date: Thursday 19 October
Time: 09:30-14:30
Where: Central Glasgow

If you want to find out more about reducing the risks from violence in the night-time economy, or share your knowledge and experience, then these events are for you. Spaces are limited so please follow this link today to book your place.
Sign up to book your place

Supporting the Drive to Combat Child Sexual Exploitation

Our Partnerships & Interventions team recently ran an event in Nottingham on 31 August.

The child sexual exploitation coordinator, the missing children team manager from Nottinghamshire Police, representatives from Nottingham City Council, security industry partners and large providers of door supervisors in Nottingham were present.

The evening started with a multi-agency media briefing to the BBC, ITV, Nottingham Post and GEM 106 FM. The briefing covered Operation Canberra. and the work we have done with local partners to address child sexual exploitation.

Our investigators, Matt Murchington and Dave Lightfoot, highlighted the leaflets we designed and produced in collaboration with Nottinghamshire Police and the city council. These leaflets raise awareness of child sexual exploitation and outline what to look for and how to report it. During the briefing our investigators, also detailed the work we have done to support local partners. This included an awareness seminar for security companies in Nottingham and our plans to distribute the leaflets nationally to help raise awareness of the exploitation of children.

After the briefing, our investigators went in to Nottingham city centre with the police and council teams and handed out the leaflets to security operatives on duty at bars, clubs, casinos and fast food restaurants.

During the evening, at the Revolution Cornerhouse, BBC East Midlands Today and ITV Central East Midlands news reporters carried out interviews. This event was featured in the regional news, which ran footage of our investigators speaking to door supervisors and handing over the leaflets.

There are plans to distribute the leaflets nationally in the near future.

Operation Canberra
The evening event was an element of Operation Canberra, which is an initiative that assists Nottinghamshire Police, Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board. It supports the Police and other partner agencies by demonstrating ways in which the SIA can help their efforts to combat child sexual exploitation in Nottinghamshire. It also seeks to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation across the private security industry.

The initiative aims to increase current child sexual exploitation reporting from the security industry across the county, and to provide meaningful support to those agencies efforts to deal with the issue.
Read more about how the SIA is working to combat CSE

Reports on Key Considerations for the Security Industry

The Security Research Initiative has published two reports that highlight how the private security can help protect the public – both in private and public spaces. The reports also looks at the ways in which the industry can enhance the role it plays.

The first report, ‘Towards a Strategy for Change for the Security Sector’, aims to be the foundation for developing a ‘Strategy for Change’. It outlines why private security is important and suggests ideas as to how its potential might be realised.

The second report on ‘Police Views on Private Security’, discusses the responses from 1,361 serving police officers. It is based on an online survey, and looks at Police attitudes towards the private security sector (private security suppliers and corporate security departments).

Key findings include:
  • Close to 6 in 10 respondents believed private security plays a minor role in protecting the public.
  • 62% of corporate security departments saw themselves as important in helping the police in their work, compared with only 36% of security officers.
  • More than 8 in 10 businesses stated the need to be responsible for protecting themselves against fraud and cyber-crime. Only half of the sample believed that the police has a responsibility to investigate all frauds and all cyber-crimes.
  • More than half disagreed with the suggestion that collaborative working between the police and private security is essential given the current limitations of police funding.
  • Respondents were critical of businesses, with approaching 9 in 10 indicating that they need to be more committed to sharing information with the police
  • A much smaller majority admitted that the police need to improve here, in terms of being more committed to sharing information with businesses.
  • Police officers responding were not typically supportive of private security seconding officers, nor in conferring additional powers on private officers. Even the idea of businesses injecting money into the force to enable a response to certain crime types was not overwhelmingly viewed as positive.
Professor Martin Gill who led the research noted:

‘The SRI members wanted to conduct a study to look at where the security sector should go, what the barriers to progress are and suggest ways in which it can develop. Hopefully the findings will be seen as a starting point. What is clear is that private security is an essential part of public protection but it is not strategically harnessed and its potential is underestimated and underplayed. It is not in anyone’s interest for that to continue’.
Find out more about the Security Research Initiative’s Research

Enforcement Update

Barred security director is found guilty of working without a licence and convicted again

On 14 September 2017, at Llandudno Magistrates Court, Mark Pursglove was found guilty of working without a licence, Rachel Williams was found guilty for aiding and abetting Mr Pursglove, and Alan Williams was found guilty for providing false information. This is not the first time we have prosecuted Mark Pursglove.

In February 2016, Mark Pursglove along with his company, Mark Pursglove Security Limited, pleaded guilty at Holyhead Magistrates Court to supplying unlicensed security operatives and providing false information to the SIA.

As a result, we revoked Pursglove’s licence to prevent him from working or operating in the private security industry.

This meant Pursglove could not personally carry out any licensable activities; nor could he manage, supervise or be a director of any company supplying security operatives to licensable roles.

However, on 25 February 2016, Mark Pursglove formed a new security company called MP Security Services Ltd. It operated from the same offices and provided the same staff to the same contracts. Intelligence sent to us pointed to the fact that Mark Pursglove was the acting director of the new company and the sole shareholder.

We investigated MP Security Services Ltd, and found that Mark Pursglove had visited these customers’ premises shortly after his conviction, to offer reassurances. He had explained that the new company would continue to supply security operatives and that the terms of the contract would remain the same. He had also stated that he would not be involved in the business.

During the investigation, we discovered that Mark Pursglove had listed one of his security guards as a company director without the guard’s permission and later appointed a friend, Alan Williams, as a director. He also appointed his partner, Rachel Williams, to undertake a managerial and supervisory role. It became clear that Mark Pursglove was trying to disguise his role in the company.

Our investigators suspected that both appointments were false and requested information from Alan Williams, as he was the named director. He provided this information but the SIA doubted its validity and believed that Mark Pursglove continued to run the company himself.

As a result, we gathered further evidence and prosecuted Mark Pursglove, Rachel Williams and Alan Williams. They all pled not guilty; however, all were found guilty.

Mark Pursglove was found guilty of acting as an unlicensed manager or supervisor and of acting as an unlicensed security director. This is a section 3 offence under the Private Security Industry Act (PSIA) 2001.
Rachel Williams was found guilty for aiding and abetting Mark Pursglove to commit the above offences.

Their sentencing was adjourned and will take place at Caernarfon Magistrates Court on 12 October 2017.

Alan Williams was found guilty of providing false information. He was fined £420 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £42 and costs of £2,750.

Nathan Salmon, the Head of SIA Criminal Investigations, said:

“Mark Pursglove continued to operate as a provider of security services despite his previous conviction and knowing full well we had revoked his licence.
He tried to disguise his own involvement within the company by using others, placing them in key roles within the company and changing the name of his business.

Using individuals as a front will not protect businesses from prosecution; the Private Security Industry Act specifically interprets the role and responsibilities of  directors and the SIA will assess personal liability, meaning those guilty of offences cannot hide behind others.

This strong conviction highlights the fact that security regulation exists in order to protect those who use contracted security services, as well as the general public. It also helps to ensure the effectiveness of security businesses that operate within the industry.”
Find out more about our prosecutions

Licensing Matters

Application Process Diagrams

We have created several visual representations to explain the licence application process for 'new applications', 'renewing a licence' and applying for an 'additional sector'.

The different application processes require different actions, and these diagrams highlight what you need to do at each stage of the application process.
These will help you to understand what your responsibilities are when applying for a licence.
For further support, please visit our help and guidance page

Explaining the Licensing Process

Updating Your Passport Number
The ‘Identity Information’ page of our application form asks the question “Are you a current UK passport holder?”. If you answer, ‘yes’ it then asks for the number of that passport. You can see this in the screenshot here.

If you have previously applied for a licence, the passport number you gave us then will be automatically entered into the answer boxes. However, you still need to review the information in the form and update it where necessary.

If a pre-populated passport number is for a passport that has since expired you can and should update it. Please remember that you have a legal obligation to provide us with information that is “true and complete”. We process the information we are given in good faith and we cannot be held responsible for any delays that may be caused by you giving us incorrect or incomplete information, even if that information is submitted by accident.
Read about why we ask for your passport number
Watch our video on registering up for an online account

Business Matters

HMRC Products and Services

HMRC want to help security professionals who are starting out in business to understand what the tax implications are when taking on employees, registering for VAT, importing and exporting services and calculating corporation tax. 

They offer several products and services that are relevant for private security businesses and self-employed licensed operatives. These include the following e-learning packages for the self-employed, employers and traders registered for VAT.

HMRC also offer a range of useful online resources and tools such as webinars, live sessions, YouTube videos and the Small Business Forum.

There are webinars on a variety of topics. You can choose between a pre-recorded webinar available at any time and a live and interactive webinar where you have the opportunity to ask questions.

HMRC also run live sessions on self-employment, self-assessment, and end of year for employers, P11D and VAT. The service runs in an open chat forum and they have expert staff on hand to answer questions.

For further support, HMRC have a selection of short videos on YouTube covering subjects such as Self Assessment, PAYE and Record Keeping.

The Small Business Forum also exists as a new online tax forum and dedicated webchat service for small businesses and the self-employed. It is a quick and easy way for small businesses to get answers to their tax questions.

Record keeping for mobile devices enable customers to access apps to help make life a little easier for busy people on the go. A ready reckoner is also available to help customers budget for their first tax bill.

These resources are all available online:

Find out more about HMRC’s Digital Services
What is a tax calculation?

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