Festive greetings from everyone at the SIA. We begin our newsletter with a letter from the National Police Chiefs' Council following the recent terror incident in Strasbourg.
This month we announce that the SIA board has appointed a new Chief Executive, Ian Todd. He will begin his post on 25 February 2019. We also share guidance with security operatives working over the festive period and remind door supervisors about protecting vulnerable people at Christmas.
In our SIA News section we’ve shared a summary of the results so far from the skills and qualifications review and a blog about this. You'll see some important information about changes to our document checks in the New Year. In this newsletter, we are also inviting you to help us re-design our corporate website by signing up to test our new designs.
Our public protection section details our initiative in Sheffield to ensure a safe night out for the public. We share a positive story about a heroic door supervisor who has been honoured for his bravery. We also highlight the counter-terrorism training available online and the Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) events coming up in the New Year.
In the final enforcement update for the year, you can read about an unlicensed security boss who we prosecuted for fraud and our violence reduction initiatives to keep students safe. We’ve also included a case study on uncovering modern day slavery practices in the private security industry.
This month’s ‘licensing matters’ section gives an update on our most recent open day which took place in Glasgow. In our ‘Explaining the licensing process’ article we clarify the process around Licence Dispensation Notices (LDNs) for security operatives working for approved contractors.
Finally, season’s greetings from all of us at the SIA and a happy and safe New Year. We look forward to working with you in 2019.