September SIA Update
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SIA NEWS
Welcome to our September edition of SIA Update. We’ve included important information regarding the reduction of our licence fee, which takes effect from 01 October. There is an emphasis on training in this edition, which includes details of free online counter-terrorism training as well as an update on our skills and qualifications review. Please read our guidance on the potential impact of security technology for people wearing life-preserving health devices, and our fatal restraint case study. Our enforcement news includes the prosecution of Pawel Golaszewski, who was convicted at the Old Bailey for terrorism offences. We showcase news of security professionals who have gone above and beyond in order to keep people safe.
 
Finally, you’ll find some licensing guidance as well as an invitation to our stakeholder conference in November.
Licence fee reduced
Earlier this month we announced that we are reducing our charges to individuals from 01 October as part of our commitment to drive down costs.
 
From 01 October individual licences for all sectors will be reduced from £220 to £210. The reduction applies to both new applicants and those renewing existing licences. Licence holders applying for an additional licence after this date will pay 50 per cent of the new reduced fee.
 
The licence fee has been set at £220 since January 2012; if adjusted for inflation over this period using the Consumer Price Index, the licence fee would be £257 at March 2019.
 
Our Chair Elizabeth France said:
“We have held current fee levels for seven years; and I am very pleased to now announce this reduction. We continue to seek improvements in the way we run the SIA and provide value for money for licence holders, approved contractors and the public.”
 
The individual licence fee reduction applies to applications received from 01 October.
 
If an applicant has not yet reached payment stage it can be cancelled and can be resubmitted on or after 01 October. If payment has already been processed for an application it cannot be refunded as significant work to process it will have already been completed.  
Free online counter-terrorism training 
SIA licence holders can now get free online counter-terrorism training from the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO).

NaCTSO has created special password-protected access for the security industry. This means that everyone, from front line operatives to managers and directors, can access up-to-date counter-terrorism guidance free of charge.
 
We strongly encourage everyone in the industry to complete this course, as it will help keep you and the public safe in the event of a terror attack. Please share this information with your colleagues and employees; it could save lives.
 
Security professionals should send us an email with the subject “PIN request for ACT e-learning” to request a PIN code that will give them privileged access to the ACT (Action Counters Terrorism) e-learning. Once we have replied with their PIN, operatives can go to the e-learning site to log in and begin the training.
 
What is ACT e-learning?
ACT Awareness e-learning is a new counter-terrorism awareness product designed for all UK based companies and organisations. It provides nationally accredited corporate counter-terrorism guidance to help industry better understand and mitigate against current terrorist methodology.
 
Business registration
Businesses can register to get their own account (URL or LMS version) on the e-learning site here.
Read about the e-learning here
Our Chief Executive featured in Professional Security magazine
In July we reported on the round-table discussion between Ian Todd and members of the trade press. As a result of the briefing Professional Security magazine has published two articles. You can download the articles here.

Professional Security Online:
SIA chief speaks (article published on 27 June)
 
Professional Security Online:
A chief that goes to the frontline (article published on 27 August)  
A Fatal Restraint – case study now available
Please read our case study - A Fatal Restraint - that touches on a tragic incident that led to a man losing his life.
 
The purpose of our case study is to help door supervisors, the businesses employing them and the venues in which they operate to better protect themselves and others by reducing the need for physical intervention. We know that the majority of door supervisors do a good job, often in the most demanding circumstances. However, all security professionals must remember to look for every opportunity to de-escalate conflict situations - even when under pressure, such as when dealing with abusive customers. This can be achieved by a number of means, although the emphasis is on the need to avoid dangerous physical intervention.   

Download (pdf, 130 kb, 1 page) 
Read our case study – a fatal restraint here
See, Check and Notify training
The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure and the National Counter Terrorism Security Office have made available the See, Check and Notify (SCaN) training. This aims to help security businesses and organisations maximise safety and security using their existing resources. SCaN is free and comprises six modules that are delivered by qualified trainers. 
Read more about it on GOV.UK
Skills and qualifications review
Compulsory First Aid

From 01 April 2020 people taking their training for the first time will need to show that they have an Emergency First Aid at Work Qualification. This requirement is only for new licence-holders at the moment.
 

Licence-linked qualifications
We have previously reported that the new licence-linked qualifications will take effect from 01 April 2020. 

There is an exception to this which is the new licence-linked qualification for Close Protection, which will take effect from 01 January 2021.
 
Read the details of our Skills and Qualifications Review here
Advice on the impact of security technology on life preserving health devices
We recently became aware that X-ray machines and whole-body scanners can damage many types of insulin pumps and glucose monitoring devices used by people to manage their diabetes. The Civil Aviation Authority and the Airport Operators Association have issued a medical device awareness card.  Half of this card reminds people who are diabetic of what they need to do when going through airport security. The other half is for them to give to security operatives to make them aware of the risks of scanning these devices, and of asking people to remove these devices so that they can be scanned. This card is available here.

(Download pdf 1, 70.31kb, 1 page)
We will also be putting out further guidance on scanning and medical devices in due course. 
For further guidance please Diabetes UK advice
Changes to our front line licence
We’ve made some small changes to the features of our licence cards to add new security protection. The aim is to make the cards more secure in order to reduce fraud.
 
The new licence cards are now in circulation. The recent changes are:
 
Address
The address on the rear of the card has been updated.
 
Guilloche
The guilloche (decorative pattern) on the back of cards has been removed.
 
Our UV logo
We’ve added our logo on the top right and bottom left as part of a new security feature which will be visible under an ultra-violet light.
 
Holofoil
The holofoil will continue to be used on the front of the card. 
 
Physical card
All other features of the card will remain the same to the naked eye.
 
Existing licence holders do not need to do anything. When it comes to renewing your licence, if you apply and are successful then the new replacement card will feature these amendments. 
Security guard suffers life-changing injuries
A groundworks company has been fined after a security guard suffered serious hand injuries.

Bristol Magistrates’ Court heard how on 17 November 2017 at the site on Ableton Lane in Avonmouth, a plant driver employed by APK Earthmoving Limited requested the assistance of a security guard working for a separate company to remove a trailer from a bulldozer while the machine was operated by the driver. The security guard’s right hand was trapped between a metal post and the bulldozer resulting in the amputation of his middle and ring fingers, and the loss of movement in his index finger of his right hand.
 
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that APK Earthmoving Limited had failed to conduct its undertaking, the hire of mobile plant and driver services, in such a way that people not in its employment were exposed to risks to their safety.
 
APK Earthmoving Limited of Oxfordshire pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company has been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1297.
 
The injured man said: “I was off work for seven months and I still have a lot of pain in my hand.  As I am right-handed my injuries have affected my writing, and there are many tasks at work and at home that I need help with. I tend to keep my hand in my pocket because I’m concerned it will affect people if they see my injuries.”
 
Speaking after the hearing Health and Safety Executive inspector Berenice Ray said, “This injury could have been easily prevented if a safe system of work had been followed, with the bulldozer ignition turned off before anyone was allowed close to remove the trailer.
 
“Employers should make sure they properly assess risks and apply effective control measures to minimise the risk from their machinery operations.”
 
Article published on 11 September courtesy of Fire and Security Matters  
Security guard commended by judge
This article taken from Teesside Live.co.uk reports on remarks by a judge on the bravery of a security guard who calmly disarmed a knifeman during disturbance in a town centre.
 
A security guard has been commended by a judge for his bravery after he disarmed a knifeman then stood on the blade.
 
Security guard Michael Blades saw an 18-year-old offender produce a lock knife outside Boots on Stockton High Street.
 
"He sees the knife being pulled out by the defendant and effectively then begins the process of trying to disarm him," said prosecutor Dr Christopher Wood. "He grabs the defendant's arm. After a few seconds, if that, the knife is dropped to the floor. Mr Blades stands on the knife to prevent anyone from taking hold of it."
 
The knifeman, Kyle Burbidge, ran off and asked police "have you come for me?" when he was arrested 10 minutes later on March 4. He had been arguing with his partner's father, who warned him to "keep away from my family" in Boots, Teesside Crown Court heard. Burbidge left the shop, followed by the other man, and the 'disagreement' continued outside at about midday.
 
He took out the knife, but later claimed he was holding out the handle end, saying words like "well stab me". He later claimed through his barrister that the man he argued with had been "harassing" or "bullying" him.
 
Burbidge, of Hatfield Road, Billingham, admitted possession of a bladed article.
He was also in court for breaching a community order and a youth rehabilitation order - having completed just one hour of their requirements. He faced sentencing all over again for the offences which earned those orders, including taking a motorbike and a Fiat Punto without consent, criminal damage to the Punto, having another blade and cannabis possession.
 
With another offence of having a blade among 13 offences on his record, he faced a minimum prison sentence of six months.
 
Nigel Soppitt, defending, said Burbidge was "a troubled young man, to put it mildly", his performance on community orders "lamentable".

He said there was some credibility to Burbidge's claim that he was handing the knife to the man in the confrontation outside the shop. He said Burbidge produced the knife in desperation and said: "Here, do it."
 
Judge Peter Armstrong  told Burbidge: "You produced the knife, however held the handle out towards (the other man) inviting him to stab you.
 
"Mr Blades, a security officer, felt obliged to intervene and commendably took hold of your arm, knocked the knife to the floor and stood on it so it couldn't be picked up and used."
 
Burbidge was jailed for eight months - his first prison sentence.
 
The judge added: "It seems to me Michael Blades not only did his job but did it with commendable bravery."
 
He ordered Mr Blades be rewarded with £250 from public funds. 
Security guards praised at Reading Festival 2019
The security guards at Reading Festival, which took place over the August Bank Holiday, have been praised for being such good sports by music fans after they were pulled up on stage by Twenty One Pilots.  They are the people keeping everyone safe… but it doesn’t mean they can’t have fun on the job.  Fans of the American duo who spent hours waiting for the band at the front of the pit, highlighted the amazing job security staff did. As temperatures reached almost 30C workers handed out water and kept the crowds entertained between sets.
 
And Twenty One Pilots cemented their thanks to them for keeping everyone safe by getting them up on the main stage for a dance and asking them to bust some moves for the big screens. Paige Bower, 17, from Kent, said: “Security were so amazing at Reading!"  “We stood at the barricade from when the gate opened to when Twenty One Pilots played. “All through the day they were talking to us about the band and embracing our jokes. “We had one lady call herself our festival mum and she kept us hydrated throughout the day.”
Article published on 25 August 2019 courtesy of Berkshire Live 
ENFORCEMENT UPDATE
Unlicensed brothers prosecuted for illegal security work in Keighley
Two brothers from West Yorkshire have been prosecuted for working in the security industry without the proper licences.

Shamir Razak, an unlicensed door supervisor, and Abdul Rehman, his brother and employer, both pleaded guilty at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on 23 September; we brought the prosecution to court.

Rehman was fined £290, whilst Razak was given 250 hours unpaid community service.  The brothers each have to pay costs of £1125, to be paid within 56 days.

Pete Easterbrook, SIA Criminal Investigation Manager, said:
“We will always prosecute cases of this kind. Irresponsible and non-compliant security operators are a danger to the public.  It’s hard to imagine a more blatant breach of the licensing regime than an unlicensed employer sending his own unqualified brother to work illegally as a door supervisor. We regulate the private security industry in order to prevent untrained and unaccountable operators from risking public safety.”

Shamir Razak was found working as a door supervisor at Bijou nightclub in Keighley following an incident in November 2017. We discovered that Razak was not licensed, and started an investigation into his employer, AMK Security Ltd.

Our investigators soon realised that the director of AMK, Abdul Rehman, was also unlicensed.  It was at this point that they discovered that Razak and Rehman were brothers.

Rehman, who initially denied his role as a director of AMK, had recently supplied an appeal reference to a third party who was subject to our licence suspension procedures. Rehman’s letter, which had been sent within the relevant time period, was on AMK Security headed paper with the company’s registered address.

Razak had also denied working as a door supervisor without a licence.  However, footage from the CCTV cameras at Bijou clearly showed him screening customers at the entrance along with other door supervisors.  He could also be seen assisting with an ejection from the venue.

Pete Easterbrook said:
“We are very glad that the magistrates saw this as a serious matter.  This sentence serves as a warning to those who choose to work in the security industry in defiance of the law.”  

By law, security operatives working under contract must hold and display a valid SIA licence. Information about our enforcement and penalties can be found on our website.

The offences relating to the Private Security Industry Act (2001) that are mentioned are as follows:
Section 3 working without a licence
Section 5 deploying unlicensed guards
Section 23 offence under provisions of the Act committed by or through a director of the company in question
Pawel Golaszewski jailed for three years and two months
On 20 September, Pawel Golaszewski, from Armley in Leeds was jailed at the Old Bailey for three years and two months and charged £170; his tablet and laptop were confiscated. He was jailed for six offences contrary to the Terrorism Act 2000 which relates to the collection of material of use to a terrorist. His trial at the Old Bailey began in early September.
 
His conviction followed an investigation by West Yorkshire Police and the North East Counter Terrorism Unit when he was arrested on 23 February this year where he was working as a CCTV operator for a Leeds-based security company. He was detained in custody under two warrants of further detention (granted by Westminster Magistrates’ Court) until he was charged on 9 March. He was remanded in custody by Westminster Magistrates’ Court from that point onward.
 
We worked with West Yorkshire Police and we were advised of the charges that were laid against Golaszewski on 22 March 2019. We immediately suspended his Door Supervision and Public Space Surveillance (CCTV) licences in March this year pending the outcome of his trial. His licences are now being revoked.
 
As part of Pawel Golaszewski’s defence, he alleged that the materials seized by West Yorkshire Police (various books and manuals on how to kill people) were needed as part of his work as a security guard and private investigator. This is false and during the trial we gave evidence stating the training that we required for operatives to perform their role as security professionals.

Tony Holyland, our Head of Quality and Standards said:
“Golaszewski alleged that he could possess the type of materials to perform his role as a licensed operative. We strongly refuted this in court and to our policing and justice partners."
 
Tony paid tribute to our colleagues saying: “Well done to Karimah Pedro who gave evidence in this case. We spelt out what training is expected of a security operative and helped to take this dangerous man off the streets fulfilling our role to keep the public safe.”
 
He added that the partnership between the SIA, West Yorkshire Police and the North East Counter Terrorism Unit has resulted in the conviction of Pawel Golaszewski.
We did our annual licence check blitz in Leicestershire
Last Wednesday (25 September) we carried out licence inspections across key venues in Leicestershire. All of the licences inspected by the 16 teams from our Partnerships and Interventions unit were legitimate.
 
We inspected 65 venues throughout Leicestershire, including the city of Leicester, Melton Mowbray, Loughborough, Coalville and Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The day-long activity included inspections at some of Leicester’s most iconic locations. These included the King Power Stadium, home of Leicester City Football Club, Mars Petcare factory, and the Walkers Crisps factory. The teams also visited universities and colleges including the University of Leicester and De Montfort University; as well as supermarkets, high-end jewellers, law courts, chemical plants and the National Space Centre.
 
Nigel Davies, our regional investigations manager for the East region, said:
“This year it was Leicestershire’s turn. The point of this national inspection is to identify any potential licensing risks, such as working without a licence or not having the licence on display. It also acts as a deterrent for those who may consider abuse of the regulation. The good news is that the majority of security operatives are professional and this was evidenced yesterday across Leicestershire.

“The venues were genuinely impressed that we had carried out a licence inspection of their premises.”
 
In total the team issued three warnings to security operatives for failing to display their licences. It is a condition of the Private Security Industry Act that licensees must display their licence when they are on duty.
 
Irfan Dogan, who was convicted in November 2018, is the most recent Leicestershire door supervisor we have prosecuted for working without a licence.
Conviction and fine for Staffs door supervisor
A Staffordshire door supervisor was fined on 02 September at North Staffordshire Magistrates’ Court after he was caught working at Moorville Hall Hotel, Werrington, despite having his licence revoked.
 
Kevin Warburton, 50, of Stoke, pleaded guilty to working in a licensable security operative role whilst unlicensed, and was fined £200.00.  He was also ordered to pay £300.00 costs, plus a victim surcharge of £30.00.
 
We received a report in January 2019 that Warburton was working as a door supervisor at Moorville Hall Hotel, even though his licence had been revoked in December 2017.  Warburton had ignored repeated messages from us to return his licence.  Staffordshire Constabulary seized the licence shortly afterwards following our request.
 
Our investigators formally interviewed Warburton in July 2019 and confronted him with time sheets that showed that he had worked numerous times while unlicensed. Warburton admitted his offending, and claimed that “family upheaval” had prevented him from responding to our letters.
 
Pete Easterbrook, of the our Criminal Investigation Team, said:
“We robustly regulate the security industry, and will seek to prosecute those who chose to ignore the legislation in place. Kevin Warburton was not licensed to work as a door supervisor, and yet he used his revoked SIA licence on a number of occasions. He deceived the company who employed him, and customers at the venue, by pretending that he was properly licensed. Security regulation exists in order to protect those who use contracted security services, not to mention the general public. Unlicensed security staff are not only illegal; they are unregulated, unsafe, and a potential risk to the public.”
 
District Judge Grego, sitting in Newcastle-under-Lyme, said that Warburton had committed a serious offence that could have resulted in a prison sentence.  However, due to Warburton’s guilty plea, and in light of previous good character and mitigation offered by the defence, he deemed that a fine was appropriate.
 
Warburton has 28 days to start paying his fine, or face further penalties. ​​​
LICENSING MATTERS
Proving your identity at the post office
When you apply for a licence we ask you to prove your identity by showing us documents such as your passport, driving licence, bank statements and so on. For most people this involves a trip to the post office. We ask you to do this even if you have previously held a licence and have already been through the application process. We know that this is annoying, but there is a reason and it isn’t something we can change.
 
We check your criminal record through one of three UK disclosure bodies (the Disclosure and Barring Service, Access NI, Disclosure Scotland). Before they can release this information to us, they must have confidence that we and they are talking about the same person. If we aren’t, they could inadvertently give us someone else’s criminal record instead of yours. That would be a serious breach of that person’s sensitive data and could result in the disclosure body being fined by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
 
To prevent that from happening, the disclosure bodies specify what we must do in order to confirm your identity. They require us to check your original documents, not copies or scans. We used to ask for these documents to be sent in to us, but now we ask the post office to check your documents for us (although we may still ask you to post your documents to us in some circumstances).
 
Unfortunately, the disclosure bodies treat each disclosure request as a new request, so they need us to confirm your identity every time. They don’t support the idea of a ‘repeat customer’ who has previously had his/her identity confirmed. And because they don’t, neither can we.
Why you receive an expiry notice after you renew
When you renew your licence we grant you a new licence with a new number. We don’t cancel your old licence when we grant your new one, we just let it run until it expires. That’s why you’ll receive a message telling you that your licence has expired: we’re referring to your old licence, not your new one.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Book now for the SIA Stakeholder Conference 2019 
Our flagship national conference is taking place in south London at the Kia Oval cricket ground on Tuesday, 12 November 2019.

Join us and representatives from the industry and buyers of security to discuss this year’s theme of Shaping our future together and Growing a sustainable private security industry fit for the next decade.

The conference will include updates from our Chair, Elizabeth France, and the opportunity to meet our Chief Executive, Ian Todd, who joined us in February. You will hear about our ambitions to work with the industry and other experts to help create the structures needed to support the professional development of individuals within the private security industry.

We will run three workshops which offer a great chance for you to put your views to us on the themes of:
  • Exploring our priorities.
  • Themes for effective regulation.
  • Future development of the private security industry.
There will also be an open forum for delegates to put questions directly to us. We will contact everyone who is coming to the conference and ask them to submit their questions in advance.
 
The conference will enable you to network with experts in the private security industry, including representatives from membership organisations, and government.
 
For the second year running we have held prices down to £50 per ticket (including VAT) in order to encourage as many of you as possible from the industry to take part. The ticket price includes refreshments and a buffet lunch.
 
Thank you to those of you who have already signed up. We have places for 230 delegates, don't miss out, book today. 
Book your place here TODAY
Security Institute Annual Conference 
Date:    23 October 2019
Time:    9.00am - 8.00pm
Venue:  The Royal College of Physicians, Regents Park, London 
Register your place here
Manchester Security – Safe and Secure for Business 2019
Hosted by Manchester City Centre Crime Prevention Panel, Greater Manchester Police, Manchester City Council and Atmaana Business Consulting and sponsored by SecuriGroup.
 
Date:    08 October 2019
Time:    8.30am - 11.30am
Venue:  St Ann's Church, Saint Ann Street, Manchester 
Register your place here
Security twenty 19 conference and exhibition
Please find details of the forthcoming Security TWENTY events:
 
London
7 November 2019 – Park Inn Hotel, London Heathrow

Come and see us on our stand. We will have representatives from our Partnerships and Interventions team to talk to.
 
Visit the website 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.
 
 
Register to go here
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