June's SIA Update with key information
June 2018
In June’s newsletter we are inviting you to attend our licensing open day in Manchester. At the event, individuals and businesses will be able to get one-to-one help with applications and our SIA licence system. Representatives from our Partnerships and Interventions North team, and Approved Contractor Scheme specialists will also be around on the day to speak to.

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We share the findings and recommendations from the Home Office’s Review of the SIA. Our Chief Executive, Alan Clamp has also written a blog reflecting on its findings. 

In our new ‘Public Protection’ section of this newsletter we share Guidance for Security Operatives on how to respond to hazardous substance incidents.

In this month’s enforcement update you can read our most recent prosecution stories, including a case which resulted in a charge for perverting the course of justice.

Our ‘Licensing Matters’ section reminds all licence holders that they are required to display their licences when undertaking licensable activity. Our ‘Explaining the Licensing Process’ article clarifies what happens when you complete your licence application at the post office.

In addition to our Licensing Open Day in Manchester in July there is another event to take note of.

Register to attend our Manchester SIA Licensing Open Day

On Wednesday 4 July we will hold an SIA Licensing Open Day at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 70 Shudehill, Manchester. The day will run from 2-8pm and is free to attend. Please visit our website and register to secure your place.

Our SIA Licensing Open Day will enable you to get one-to-one help and support from our experts on our licensing system, for both individuals and businesses. There will be representatives from our Partnerships and Interventions North team on hand, as well as specialists on the Approved Contractor Scheme and licence-linked training.

There will also be a rolling programme of presentations throughout the day by our staff and invited partners. The presentations will cover the following topics:

• ACS Benefits
• Getting the most out of your business account
• The next 12 months from the SIA (A strategic view)
• The SIA in the North West
• Where’s my licence? Overcoming common application problems

Date: Wednesday 4 July 2018
Location: Manchester City Centre
Address: Crowne Plaza, at 70 Shudehill, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 4AF
Time: 2 - 8pm

A full agenda will be available on the SIA website before the event.
Sign-up for our Manchester Licensing Open Day

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Home Office Review of the SIA

On 7 June the Home Office published a tailored Review of the SIA that took place in 2016.

The Review made the following recommendations:
R1. Regulation of the Private Security Industry (PSI) – In general the PSI operates effectively and regulation plays a large part in this. Regulation is still required; it should be retained and improved.

R2. Performance of the Regulator – The SIA has performed to a satisfactory standard as a regulator and should be retained, but now is the time to focus on how it can make changes to achieve regulatory best practice.

R3. Improving Standards – A systemic and systematic approach to securing and improving standards should be the focus of the regulatory system. The SIA should be given the necessary tools, including sanctions, to lead the industry improving.

R4. Risk Based Approach – The SIA should improve its risk based approach to PSI regulation. In turn the SIA should reduce regulatory burdens where appropriate.

R5. Public Protection – The PSI is a significant asset to UK safety and security. There is a real opportunity to enhance the PSI contribution to public protection, safeguarding and national security. The SIA should focus on ensuring the PSI performs to high standards and facilitate integration between the PSI and local, regional and national agencies. This approach needs to be underpinned and endorsed by the Home Office. An information sharing gateway between the SIA and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs will significantly enhance the capabilities of both organisations and should be put in place at the earliest opportunity.

R6. Business Licensing – All businesses offering security services, whether operating under contract or operating in-house, where there is a risk to public protection, safeguarding and national security, should be subject to mandatory business licensing. Business licences should only be issued to companies who meet the voluntary revised Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) standards.

R7. Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) – The current ACS needs to be refreshed and strengthened. It should be streamlined with existing industry schemes and enhanced to provide a single set of graduated (bronze/silver/gold/platinum, or similar) standards offering buyers clear differentiation. ACS should be industry owned and administered, with the SIA setting standards and overseeing compliance.

R8. De-regulation – While remaining focused on risk, the SIA should develop a strategy to enable individual licensing to be progressively replaced with business licensing where it is safe and appropriate to do so.

R9. Purchasers of Private Security – The SIA should conduct further research to consider the legislative options for requiring buyers to use ACS businesses.  The Home Office should consider this proposal and, if necessary and appropriate, identify a suitable legislative vehicle to do this.

R10. Private investigators – Private Investigators should be treated as businesses and subject to the revised ACS.

R11. Efficiency – The SIA should focus on reducing accommodation and staff costs and consider the merger of both back office functions and development of major projects with other similar ALBs. They should engage with wider Government centres of excellence.

R12. Implementation and Forward Plan – The SIA should work with the Home Office to create an implementation plan within 6 months of publication, with oversight from the Sponsorship team and taking into account Cabinet Office guidance. The SIA should provide an update on progress after 12 months.

The Review recommends a systematic transformational approach to regulation with the following features:
  • increased focus on risk;
  • closer partnership with industry, reflecting regulatory best practice;
  • introduction of shared standards, with incentives and sanctions that reward achievement with less regulatory burden, and incentivise aspiration;
  • mutually reinforcing measures with increased purchaser focus on standards, but also being rewarded with lower insurance premiums; and
  • clearer market signalling, bringing transparency and confidence to PSI activities
  • You can read the findings of the Home Office Review here
Alan Clamp our Chief Executive blogged about the Review. 
Read our Chief Executive's Blog

Women in Security Awards

Nominate a woman you work for in your organisation for a "Women in Security Award." Whether they are your CEO, chair, managing director of a security company; or a security professional working within the security department of a commercial company, public sector, private security industry or the wider world of security.

The judges will consider how the nominee contributes to the wider security industry over and above her job specification. When submitting your nomination, please explain why, in your opinion, the person you are nominating should win the award.

 The awards are for the following categories (women in roles as):
  • Manager
  • Working in frontline roles
  • Technical role
  • Women’s contribution to the industry
The judges who include our Chair Elizabeth France are leaders in the security industry. Past judges have been from the Security Industry Authority, International Professional Security Association, the Association of Security Consultants, the Security Institute and more.

The ‘Women in Security Awards’ were started in 2013 to celebrate and recognise the achievements, value and contributions women make within the private security industry.

We support the Women in Security Awards: as a regulator, we are committed to equality and diversity within the private security industry.

Nominations close on Friday 10 August 2018.
Nominate someone for a Women in Security Award
Enforcement Update

Showtime Security Limited director guilty of supplying unlicensed security

On 6 June, at Shrewsbury Crown Court, Showtime Security Guards Ltd and its director, Maria Francis, pled guilty to supplying unlicensed security guards. In addition, the sole shareholder of Showtime Security Guards Ltd, Matthew Davies was found not guilty of the same offence. He was however, found guilty of intimidation, by attempting to persuade a witness not to give evidence.

Pete Easterbrook, SIA Criminal Investigations Manager said: "Showtime Security Guards Ltd was run with little or no regard for whether the security operatives they supplied were licensed or not. This indifferent attitude potentially put the public at risk and shows no concern whatsoever for the safeguards provided for by using SIA licensed operatives.

The owner of the company in particular, Matthew Davies, carried out a number of acts, which the court agreed were intended to intimidate a prosecution witness into not giving evidence. This is an extremely serious offence so we did not hesitate to prosecute him."

This investigation started in December 2016, when the SIA received information from West Mercia Police that Showtime Security Guards Ltd was employing unlicensed security guards.

SIA investigators established that they were supplying unlicensed security operatives at Tuffins Supermarket at Craven Arms, a construction site in Radbrooke, Shropshire and to the Foyer at Ludlow, which provides residential and support services for vulnerable 16-24 year olds.

In July 2017, SIA investigators formally interviewed Davies and Francis. It later became apparent that Davies had contacted a witness and attempted to pervert the course of justice by placing them under pressure not to attend court.
The court heard voice recordings of Davies using strong language in an attempt to stop the witness giving evidence. He made comments referring to the witness being “ripped apart in court,” and “plagued” if they testified against him.

As a result, we prosecuted Showtime Security Guards Ltd, Maria Francis and Matthew Davies for supplying unlicensed security operatives under the Private Security Industry Act (PSIA) 2001 and Davies for perverting the course of justice.
Both Francis and the company plead guilty. Davies plead guilty to one count of supplying unlicensed security operatives and was found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

The case has been adjourned to 27 July 2018 for sentencing.
Find out about our completed prosecutions
Public Protection

Guidance for security operatives on how to respond to hazardous substance incidents

Security operatives may be the first responders to an incident where people have been exposed to hazardous or corrosive substances. These hazardous substances could be from an acid attack, or in the form of a vapour, powder or liquid.

This guidance gives you some simple actions you can take following suspected exposure to a hazardous substance. This guidance, which can be implemented by any person without specialist protective equipment, is intended to enable you to:
  • Have relevant information for any potential hazardous-substance incident.
  • Help people until the emergency services arrive, and beyond that, continue to assist them and others on the scene for some time
  • Have information endorsed by Public Health England specialists and all three emergency services.
All UK frontline emergency services personnel should already be aware of how to respond. Training in this REMOVE protocol is happening across the emergency services.

The simple message is REMOVE, REMOVE, REMOVE.

If you think a hazardous substance has been used, please ensure you do the following:   

• Keep a safe distance to avoid exposure to yourself and others
• Call the emergency services
• Communicate with the casualties in plain language and provide reassurance that help is on the way
• Do the REMOVE, REMOVE, REMOVE protocol

You can download the REMOVE, REMOVE, REMOVE guidance from our
Find out more about the Remove Remove Remove campaign

Join the TAKE:90 campaign this summer

Research has shown that during the summer months low level violence rises. It is a sad reality that it is becoming more socially acceptable to be aggressive in both words and actions and impulsive violence is becoming the normality and is increasingly a socially-acceptable expression of anger. Often when gripped by anger it seems the only way to feel better is to take action, ie. defend, seek revenge or engage in passive aggression. It takes 90 seconds for anger neurotransmitters to leave the body.

The Take:90 Campaign will run between Monday 16 July and 30 July and coincides with the end of the World Cup Tournament. Its aim is to tip the balance back so that low-levels of violence do not become the norm. 

This National Business Centre initiative led by Superintendent Tor Garnett, co-founder of Police Now (the police-based think tank), worked with 90 stakeholders from the public, private and the third sector to help try and reduce violence across the country. In particular they wish to reach young people who are most likely to be frequenting pubs and clubs during warm, summer evenings.

What can you do:

  1. Be alert to the campaign which comprises a series of print advertisements that require 90 seconds to read; film clips that are 90 seconds long and social media.
  2. Print the poster and place it in an appropriate place to reach the widest possible audience.
  3. Email your Logo (in EPS or AI format) to torgarnett@hotmail.com with your name and details and the campaign team will send you a set of promotional materials to help promote the campaign. Your logo will be uploaded onto the Take:90 website, and you will receive your promotional materials in the first half of July.
Please read this recent HuffPost article: Why stay angry?
Licensing Matters

You must display your licence

If you have a front line licence, your
licensing conditions state that you must wear it where it can be seen at all times when engaging in designated licensable activity. The only exception to this is if you have reported it lost or stolen, or it is in our possession.

Not displaying your licence is an offence under the Private Security Industry Act (2001). We frequently
prosecute licence-holders who ignore this licensing condition, as this is an important condition that demonstrates to the public that security operatives are genuinely ‘fit and proper’ people who have been licensed and are regulated.

Read more about displaying your licence

Explaining the Licensing Process - Completing your application at the Post Office

When you apply for an SIA licence you may be asked to complete your application at a post office. Unless your application is being submitted by an employer using our Licence Management service, you will need go to the post office if:
  • You do not currently hold a licence, or
  • We need an up-to-date photograph of you.
Staff at the post office will take your photograph and check your identity documents to confirm that you are who you say you are. They will also take payment of the application fee unless this has already been paid by a business on your behalf.

Not all post offices offer this service. To find the nearest post office that does, use the Post Office Branch Finder and select 'SIA Licence Application' from the ‘Refine branch services’ drop-down.

The post office staff will give you a receipt (if you paid the application fee) and/or a paper confirmation that they have processed your application. Please keep these items safe, as we may ask you for them if there are any problems with your application.

You may still need to send documents to us, even if you have had them checked at the post office. Please read the ‘Action Required: Instructions to complete your SIA application’ message we sent you when you submitted your application to make sure you know everything you need to do.
Go to the post office branch finder
Upcoming Events

Licensing Open Day in Manchester

Date:        Wednesday 4 July 2018
Location:   Manchester City Centre
Address:  Smithfield Suites 1&2, Crowne Plaza Hotel,
                 70 Shudehill, Manchester  M4 4AF
Time:        2pm – 8pm
Sign up to participate in the Licensing Open Day

Security Twenty 18 North

The Conference will bring together top security industry speakers and it incorporates an exhibition. You will need to register in advance.

Date: Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 July 2018
Location:  Majestic Hotel, Harrogate

Book your place here

Security Events Website

Find out key information about events that may be of interest to the security industry by visiting the All Security Events website.

SIA Website Updates

Here are the links to the latest updates and development on our website:
SIA Issues tender for new supplier for online licensing system
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