April SIA Newsletter
SIA NEWSLETTER
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Update, April 2019

We have updated our brand and SIA Update has a new and refreshed look.

We’ve had a busy and successful first few months of the year; in our April newsletter we share the story of a brave veteran who disarmed someone with a firearm.

In our SIA news section, we signpost two surveys; one on the barriers women face when progressing in the private security industry, and another on the issues around counter-terrorism and protective security training.

In our public protection section, we share guidance from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) on how to spot the signs of exploitation. We also want to remind you to register for the upcoming Police Scotland ACT counter-terrorism events.

In the enforcement update, you can read about the South Wales security director who has been ordered to pay £300,000 from the proceeds of crime, as well as two other recent prosecutions of a fraudulent training provider and a door supervisor who forged an SIA licence.

In this month’s ‘Licensing matters’ section we clarify why it is important not to wear your SIA licence back-to-front. We also talk through recent guidance shared with the private security industry on starting a security business.
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SIA NEWS
Brave veteran disarms would-be gunman
Kent Online has published a story on an Iraq War veteran who has shared his experience of disarming a man he thought was carrying a gun.

Phil Campbell, a door supervisor at the Kings Head Pub in Gravesend was on a Friday night shift when a customer appeared with what looked like a firearm. Mr Campbell, who saw conflict in Iraq in 2003, tackled and disarmed the suspected gunman. "I grabbed hold of the gun and held his arms so he couldn't fire it." Mr Campbell said.

The police were called and armed officers were sent to Parrock Street, Gravesend shortly before 1.10am on 9 February. Police recovered a ball-bearing gun from the scene.

Kerim Ferudun, 34, from Gravesend pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm at Medway Magistrates’ Court on 19 March.

The police reportedly told Mr Campbell that they couldn't be sure if he was stupid or brave to taken the action that he did! He says that in that moment he just wanted to protect members of the public.
Read the full news story online
Survey on women in security 
Perpetuity Research, an independent research company specialising in crime and security research, has been commissioned by International Consultants on Targeted Security (ICTS) to conduct a study into the experiences of women working in security. They specifically want to better understand any barriers that exist to women progressing in the industry and how those barriers could be overcome.
 
They want to hear from women who are undertaking security tasks, or managing staff that undertake physical security tasks. The findings will be used to inform how women can best be supported and developed within the security industry in future. The deadline for responses is Friday 10 May.
 
Please share this survey as widely as possible with female colleagues in a security role and those that may be interested in the topic.
 
The survey is anonymous, takes about 10 minutes to complete, and as part of your response you can request a copy of the findings once the research is complete.
The survey can be found online here
Home Office research into protective security training 
The Home Office wants your opinion to gain a deeper understanding on the key issues around counter terrorism and protective security training. It is also interested in standards for security consultants, security managers and security supervisors. The survey is part of a high-priority research project, which will be used to inform the government’s national security policy.
 
We invite you to encourage all security professionals (in particular non-front line staff) to take part and submit a response. The Home Office is looking for responses from:
  • Security business owners / managing directors / partners – who provide (themselves) counter-terrorism protective security advice (physical and personal).
  • Security consultants – who provide counter-terrorism protective security advice (physical and personal).
  • Security managers / management with strategic decision making – this could include: heads of security, security managers with a wider role such as operations, facilities, health and safety, etc. This includes ‘In house’ roles.
  • Security supervisors – middle or lower management overseeing front line delivery of security which could include: security operations supervisors, security team leaders, security duty managers, control room managers.
 Please share this survey with your staff, where appropriate. It will take about 10 minutes to complete and is open until the end of Monday  29 April.
The survey can be found here
PUBLIC PROTECTION
Dave Humphries awarded ProtectED fellowship
Dave Humphries, formerly our Acting Chief Executive, who left the SIA at the end of March, was awarded a ProtectED Fellowship by ProtectED at our SIA board meeting at MediaCityUK last month. He was given the award in recognition of his significant contributions to ProtectED and its mission to ensure the safety, security and wellbeing of students.
 
Presenting the award was Andrew Wootton, a Director of ProtectED — the first accreditation scheme for the UK’s higher education sector to comprehensively consider practice across the areas of student safety, security and wellbeing.
 
Dave's insight into the organisation and delivery of our review of the ACS was critical in creating the structure of the ProtectED Code of Practice and designing the ProtectED accreditation process. Dave had worked closely with ProtectED since 2015, providing expertise and guidance to help develop the 'Core Institutional Safety and Security' component of ProtectED. Our close involvement in creating ProtectED ensures it can help institutions implement good practice in their security services, drive cost efficiencies for these institutions, and ensure security staff are supported in their role.
 
While our regulation of the private security industry improves standards to help keep the public safe, the provision of security and other support services in the university sector is not currently regulated. Our work with ProtectED is important here. Currently, only six UK universities meet the British Security Standard for CCTV security systems, and there is no requirement for universities to perform background checks on new members of security staff. This despite full-time students being an at-risk group for muggings and violent crimes, while 70% of female students and graduates report experiencing sexual violence at university.
 
Dave's collaboration in developing ProtectED has coincided with a broadening of the traditional remit of security professionals. In the higher education context, the work of university security staff increasingly involves a pastoral role – they are often first on the scene, late at night or during weekends when a student is in distress. Student mental health issues have been widely reported in recent years, in the wake of a 79% rise in student suicides. Without any training to recognise and effectively support those in distress, this places strain on security officers and can put students’ lives at risk.
 
The whole team at ProtectED greatly appreciated the important contribution that Dave made to the success of the initiative and will be eternally grateful for his support in establishing an innovative good practice accreditation scheme for the university sector.
To find out more about ProtectED, visit their website
Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority ‘Spot the Signs’ guidance 
The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) has produced this guidance to help anyone who comes into contact with individuals who may have been trafficked and/or are being exploited understand what to look out for.
 
Labour exploitation can be an element of criminal offences of forced labour, or human trafficking, which themselves constitute modern slavery. This guide explains those terms and provides advice on how to spot the signs.
 
There are a number of indicators of trafficking and forced labour. Not all of the indicators will apply in every case, and some may not be immediately apparent. There is also no set number of signs that will indicate that a person is a victim of trafficking or subject to forced or compulsory labour. One or a combination of factors could suggest a person is a potential victim, so each case should be considered on an individual basis.
 
If you have any suspicions of human trafficking, forced labour or worker exploitation you should report it immediately. You can contact:
 
The GLAA Other contacts include: -
  • The Police: 101, or in the case of an emergency 999  
  • Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111UK
  • Slavery Helpline: 0800 012 1700 
  • Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Centre: 0844 778 2406  
This document also signposts where you can get more information and advice.
Click here for more information
Join in our ‘You can ACT’ counter-terrorism events
Our counter-terrorism events will continue until the end of May at locations in Scotland. ‘You Can ACT’ sessions are specifically aimed at front-line security staff.  We have recently re-designed these sessions to fit better around frontline security operatives’ working schedules
 
The package now includes ACT e-learning that can be done at home or in the office.  Operatives then come in person to a shortened classroom session, where they can use their new counter-terrorism knowledge during a face-to-face session which is solely devoted to a scenario-based table top exercise and sharing of best practice.
 
This means less time away from work, which we hope will help employers release their staff for the crucial face-to-face sessions. We first trialled this modular approach in Edinburgh and 90% of delegates said the experience was good or very good. One participant commented: “it gave me more to consider and new practices”.
 
The dates and locations are as follows:
  • Motherwell Football (Stadia Theme) 30 April 2019 - you can still register
  • Dunfermline - 7 May 2019 -  you can now register
  • Aberdeen - 14 May 2019 – registration will be available soon
Each awareness-raising session is based on the nationally agreed corporate counter-terrorism guidance to help individuals understand, and guard against, current terrorist methods. To find out more about the content of the events visit our website.
Click here for more information
ENFORCEMENT UPDATE
£300,000 confiscated from South Wales security director who continued to work after his licence was revoked 
A South Wales man has been ordered to pay £300,000 at Cardiff Crown Court for continuing to work as a security director despite having lost his SIA licence.
 
Billy Jones, of Pontypridd, was director of BJ Securities Ltd and was proved to be operating his business without a licence when our investigators undertook an inspection at an Elvis festival in Porthcawl in June 2016.
 
Jones had pleaded guilty at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court in December 2017 and had been sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to undertake 200 hours unpaid work. Jones’ SIA licence had originally been revoked following a conviction for threatening behaviour.
 
The court has now made a confiscation order in the amount of £291,556.80, to be paid within three months, plus costs of £8,443.20 to be paid within six months.  If Jones, 64, fails to pay within the allotted time, he faces a two-year jail sentence.
 
Nathan Salmon, one of our criminal investigations manager, said:
“Billy Jones showed a deliberate disregard for the licensing regime, and has paid a very high price for his criminality.  He worked as an unlicensed director for a prolonged period, and did so while serving a sentence for another offence. Jones’s illegal behaviour was exposed by an SIA investigation team performing unannounced licence checks at an event.  This is one of the ways that we ensure that security operatives are properly trained and vetted, and that they are working within the confines of the law.  SIA regional investigation teams and the police are working together across the UK to find unlicensed operatives and prevent them from being a danger to the public.”
 
In June 2016 our investigators visited the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl, to perform routine licence checks during the Elvis Festival. They found an unlicensed security officer in place, who was working for Billy Jones’ firm, BJ Securities Limited.
 
Our investigation revealed that Billy Jones did not himself hold an SIA licence; it had been revoked in December 2015 due to his conviction for threatening behaviour under the Public Order Act 1986.   Billy Jones had continued in his role as the sole director of BJ Securities Ltd, despite being told by us that he could not act as a director of a security company.
 
Mr Jones was interviewed under caution by our investigators and was charged under Section 3 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. This legislation makes it an offence for a person to engage in any licensable conduct unless they are in legitimate possession of a licence.
 
Nathan Salmon added:
“The confiscation which follows Mr Jones’ conviction must serve as a warning to business operators in our industry; operating in breach of the regulations puts your personal assets at risk.”
 
Jones was also subject to a £1,000 fine for contempt of court.  His assets had been subject to a restraint order pending the result of the POCA (Proceeds of Crime Act) confiscation. Jones had breached the order in August 2018 by selling a property.  The fine must be paid within 3 months, or result in 28 days imprisonment.
Telford security industry training director jailed for eight months for falsifying industry qualifications 
On Friday 29 March Mr Shamin Uddin, former director of SAS Training Academy  of Telford, Shropshire, was sentenced at Shrewsbury Crown Court to eight months’ imprisonment for falsifying  examination papers for individuals seeking to get an SIA licence.
 
He is also required to pay £2,000 court costs payable within 12 months.
 
The sentence brings to an end a four-year process initiated by us when we investigated malpractice at SAS Training’s operations in Barking, East London, its headquarters at Wednesbury in the West Midlands and in Inverness, Scotland. 
 
The Honourable Recorder Jackson said this case:
"Is particularly serious because it strikes at the heart of the (licensing) system … using training to deal with members of public. Organisations rely upon staff they believe to be properly trained to deal with those situations. The public needs to have confidence in those that work within the security industry."
 
He added:
"This matter is so serious that only an immediate custodial sentence is justified due to possible effects of behaviour, that such offending has a wide ranging monetary effect on individuals and businesses."
 
Nathan Salmon, one of our criminal investigations manager, said:
"Buyers of security have a right, and an expectation, that the staff they are supplied with hold a valid SIA licence that has been awarded on the basis of successful completion of training of a qualification by an awarding body such as the British Institute of Innkeeping Awarding Body (BIIAB). We are grateful to the BIIAB for their persistent and robust assessment of training providers and for calling out the fraudulent actions of this former training provider."
 
“We have satisfied ourselves that no licences were granted following Mr Uddin’s actions; a number of learners had to attend alternative courses with other training providers.”
 
He added:
"The potential damage Mr Uddin might have done to the reputation of the private security industry is immeasurable. This action, brought against him as the proprietor of SAS Training by the SIA, demonstrates that any suspicious training provision will be identified and may be prosecuted. The SIA will not tolerate malpractice in the provision of training to an industry that is working hard to be respected and reputable."
 
"The SIA works hard with awarding organisations to ensure that only those people who deserve a qualification gets one. The vast majority of training providers do a good job and make a really positive contribution to the industry, and I am sure will welcome this prosecution."
 
The BIIAB originally investigated SAS Training Academy Ltd’s premises in June 2015 after finding evidence of training malpractice. BIIAB suspended SAS Training Academy, withdrew their certification, and referred the complaint to us.
 
We reviewed the qualifications of more than 270 people who had been submitted for a qualification by SAS Training Academy. We satisfied ourselves that all learners had obtained alternative training with other providers. The SAS Training Academy course which was highlighted as a concern did not result in the issuing of any SIA licences.
 
In June 2015 the BIIAB became concerned about the examination paperwork presented to them by SAS Training Academy. BIIAB verifiers found no candidates present at SAS Training Academy’s operations in Barking, Essex. The alleged exam room was too small to fit the number of learners whose details had been provided by BIIAB as attending for examinations. 
 
In the same month, the BIIAB made an unannounced external quality assurance visit to SAS Training Academy offices in Wednesbury. Investigators discovered that the correct answers had been highlighted on some exam papers in order to help candidates.
 
When questioned, Shamin Uddin denied that the examination process was insecure and refused to allow the BIIAB representatives to talk with other members of staff present.
 
The awarding organisation had also became aware that candidates’ details were being changed at very short notice when the papers were submitted to them. In addition, SAS Training Academy were submitting examination paperwork to the BIIAB on photocopied sheets.
 
It became apparent during our investigation that examination papers were being submitted to the BIIAB from various examination venues across the UK with false learner details being added to the list of genuine learners.
 
A trainer was interviewed regarding courses he allegedly provided on behalf of SAS Training Academy. He confirmed that he had not conducted the training, and disputed that it was his personal details and signature on the paperwork submitted. At other venues false details of alleged learners’ names had been added to examination paperwork. 
 
SAS Training Academy Ltd ceased operating in December 2016.
Chester doorman convicted of working with a forged licence 
A Chester man has been convicted of working as a door supervisor with a forged SIA licence.​
 
Philip Evans was sentenced at Chester Magistrate’s Court on Thursday 04 April, having pleaded guilty to the offence at a previous hearing on 12 March.  The court sentenced Mr Evans to a 12 month community order with an unpaid work requirement of 170 hours. He was also ordered to pay costs of £882, plus a victim surcharge of £85.
 
Evans had been working as a door supervisor for the security company Loc 19 Chester. His deception was uncovered in January 2018 when Evans turned up to work for another business, who were short-handed.  They checked his licence number using the licence checker facility on the SIA website, and called in our regional investigator when they realised that there was a problem.
 
Pete Easterbrook, also one of our criminal investigation managers, said:
“Philip Evans knew that he was committing a crime by pretending to be properly licensed. He turned up to work wearing a fake badge even after he had actually started an application for a real licence with the SIA.  The licensing regime is in place for the protection of the public, and anyone who tries to ignore the requirement to be properly trained and licensed is committing a serious offence.  The SIA will always prosecute in cases of this nature.”
 
Stephen Young, the director of Loc 19 Chester, was sentenced at Chester Magistrates Court on Thursday 07 March after pleading guilty to supplying Evans to work on the door of a number of venues around the town. Young claimed that he had not realised that his employee’s badge was false.  Loc 19 Chester Ltd, Young’s business, was also fined over £2,000.
 
Pete Easterbrook said:
“The business that uncovered the fact that Evans was working unlicensed did exactly the right thing.  They conducted the simple routine checks that Stephen Young should have done as a matter of course for all of Loc 19’s employees.  Mr Young’s poor working practices have landed him in court.  All suppliers of SIA licensed staff should take note.”
Licensees at several venues confirmed that Evans had worked at their establishments whilst using the licence that was subsequently revealed to be false.
Find out about our completed prosecutions
LICENSING MATTERS
Wearing your licence back-to-front 
It is a condition of the licence that a front line licence holder must “wear the licence where it can be seen at all times when engaging in any licensable conduct” unless they have reported it lost or stolen, or it is in our possession.
 
Some people think that they can wear the licence back-to-front, so that their name and photograph are not on display. This is a breach of licence conditions and an offence under section 9 (4) of the Private Security Industry Act 2001.
 
This is because the words ‘the licence’ have a specific legal meaning in this context. The front line licence is described in Schedule 2 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 (licences) Regulations 2007. This shows the part of the card displaying the licence number, photograph, name, licensed sector, and expiry date. Where our licence condition says “wear the licence where it can be seen”, the legal definition of the words cause it to mean “wear the front of the licence where it can be seen”.
 
The purpose of the licence card is to provide assurance to the public that the person in front of them has been properly checked and vetted. This requires members of the public to be able to see that the person they are speaking to is in fact the person we have licensed. Hiding the front of the licence is clearly at odds with this.
Read more about our licensing conditions online
Explaining the licensing process 
Telling You What our Decision Will Be

When you apply for a licence we will decide whether to grant you a licence or refuse your application. If we think that our decision will be to refuse your application we will write to you before we make that decision. This is so that you have the opportunity to appeal in a way that won’t incur court costs.
 
When we write to you we will tell you:
  • What our decision is likely to be
  • The reason we are likely to refuse your application, and
  • What you can do that might lead us to decide that we can grant you a licence 
Please read this letter carefully. It will explain exactly what you can send to us that might mean we can grant you a licence.

If we tell you that we are intending to refuse your application because of your criminal record, we can only reconsider our licensing decision. We can’t ignore or re-assess your criminal record. You may feel that you were charged unfairly or given a harsh sentence, but we will not be able to take this into account. We do not act as an appeal court for criminal cases.
This process doesn’t replace your right of appeal through the courts. It is an additional route of appeal that we offer. We write to you before making our decision because we don’t have the legal powers to change our decision once we have made it. We can only change our decision if:
  • We are instructed to do so by the courts as the result of a legal appeal, or;
  • It was found to have been based on information that is factually incorrect
Find out more about the appeals process
Useful guide on ‘how to start a security company: a step-by-step guide’ 
Simply Business, an online advice website, published  an article this month giving an overview of how to start a security company.
 
In this article, they considered the following:
  • What area will you specialise in: how that particular type of security should be run, and your contacts in the field might already know you as someone who gives a great service.
  • Understand the legal rules and regulations: what licences you and your employees need to operate, and how to distinguish yourself in the industry by joining our Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS).
  • What equipment do you need for your security company: if you do hire staff, they’ll need specialist clothing; do your tools and equipment need insurance?
  • Hiring staff for your security company: consider who you hire, from front-line security guards to someone helping out in your office. Do they need to be licensed?
  • How to market your security company: there are many good ways to market yourself as a security company. If you decide to become part of the Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS), include this in your strategy.
Read the full article online
UPCOMING EVENTS
National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) licensing development day 
Paul Cartlidge, our Partnerships and Interventions manager for the West region, will be attending and speaking at the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) Licensing Development Day on
Find out more about their upcoming licensing development day
Security TWENTY 19 Glasgow 
Professional Security Magazine is hosting a conference in Glasgow for end users, purchasers and those who specify security products, and will update attendees on the latest developments in the security sector.
 
Date: 30 April 2019
Time: 8.30 am - 4.00 pm
Location: Hilton Hotel on William Street in Glasgow
 
The Conference will bring together top security industry speakers, and is supported by a large exhibition of cutting edge security products and services.
Sign up for Security TWENTY 19 Glasgow
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.
 
www.allsecurityevents.com
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