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Welcome to our October edition of SIA Update. This month we have a lot of news to share with you. Firstly we have appointed Michelle Russell as our new Director of Partnerships and Interventions; she will start her appointment in January. Read about the new safety guidance from the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), and the free training they offer to keep people safe. On the topic of public safety read our case study on a recent exercise with the private security industry in a Buxton nightclub. This simulated exercise had a tangible effect on the response by security operatives during the mass stabbing incident at Manchester Arndale’s shopping centre a few days later. This potentially saved lives. Finally, read about how we’re bringing fraudsters to justice, as well as how Proceeds of Crime Act court orders we have initiated are depriving criminals of their ill-gotten assets.
We've appointed a new enforcement director
Michelle Russell has been appointed as our new Director of Partnerships and Interventions. Michelle will be joining us from the Charity Commission, where she is currently Director of Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement.
 
Michelle leads on the commission’s corporate strategies on counter-terrorism, fraud and financial abuse, and safeguarding issues, and has worked influentially across government and with regulators and law enforcement agencies in the UK.
 
She has also played a critical role in building the commission’s reputation as a robust, proactive, risk-based regulator.
 
Michelle, who is a qualified solicitor, sits on a number of cross government and sector groups on terrorism and serious crime issues. She is a visiting lecturer at Cass Business School.
 
Michelle will lead on securing effective regulatory interventions to deliver our regime, and build on the on-going work to strengthen our external relationships with key partners. The key purposes of this role are public safety and crime reduction.
 
Michelle is looking forward to starting work with us in January 2020, and Ed Bateman will continue to act as director until she starts with us. 
British Security Industry Association appoints our non-executive director to its board
Trade body the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has appointed Sarah Staff and Geoff Zeidler as Non-Executive Directors to its Operating Board.
 
Geoff, who is one of our board members, is a former BSIA Chairman and Country President of Securitas. He is responsible for the Police and Security Group (PaS), which looks to improve links between the police and business through private security initiatives.
 
The new directors will both explore ways in which the industry can work more collaboratively with law enforcement, thus ensuring early industry and police intervention which can reduce the overall risk and costs of crime to both industry and the community.
 
Simon Banks, Chairman, British Security Industry Association, said: “It is vital that the work of both private and public sector is aligned, and as the voice of the professional security industry, the British Security Industry Association is in a position to enable a closer collaboration. By appointing our two new directors who specialise in this field, I am confident that the private security sector and police service can provide the very best of both, leading to a safer environment for all.”
 
Geoff Zeidler said: “I am looking forward to working with the British Security Industry Association operating board and all other stakeholders to develop more effective, national collaboration for the benefit of all.” 
Do you work at a venue close to a British waterway?
Calling all security operatives who work at pubs or venues near a waterfront, a beach, river or canalside.
 
Did you know that every year in the UK around 400 people drown in the seas in and around the UK, or in its inland waterways? A number of these deaths are related to the night-time economy.
 
The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), in conjunction with the UK Fire Services, is producing the RNLI Waterside Community Responder Guidance which is being created following the tragic death of James Clark, who drowned in Kingston in July 2005 following a night out with friends. Request your copy from the RNLI community team here
 
The guidance is intended to educate and inform security professionals, and to help them to protect people who are frequenting venues near open water. The key message in the guidance is Talk, Reach, Throw and explains what equipment to use and how to help a casualty who has got into difficulty in water.
 
The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) also devised a new free throw bag training course. If your venue is near a waterside and you would like the training please contact the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Their rescuers (lifeboat crew, flood rescue and lifeguards) will train your teams to: 
  • Understand the risks of the waterside near a venue
  • Call for help
  • Use a throw bag to help somebody in the water.
The Royal Life Saving Society has also set up a Water Rescue Equipment Training course (this is not free). This course offers specialist training to security operatives, and issues a certificate to anyone who successfully completes the course, which is valid for two years. 
Sign up for free RNLI training here
Sign up for the RLSS training here
Free online counter-terrorism training 
Our 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 frontline 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 a PIN, you can go to the e-learning site to log in and start 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.
Take the e-learning here
Skills and qualifications review 
Our Quality and Standards team has engaged with the awarding organisations and supported them with the development of unit content for the new qualifications that will take effect from 01 April 2020.  Please visit our website for earlier communication.   

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.  

Read the details of our Skills and Qualifications Review here
Safer nights out in Buxton - case study
For the first time ever, our Partnerships and Interventions team recently hosted a demonstration of three simulated mass-casualty incidents at Buxton’s Level 2 nightclub. These simulated incidents included a mass stabbing and an acid attack. There was also a demonstration of an invacuation, which was an idea born out of the terrorist attack at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris in November 2015.
 
This was the initiative of Indi Singh, who covers Buxton for our Partnerships and Interventions East team. He was accompanied by Elsie Winnett from our South team, Rosie Batchelor and John Sandlin from our London team, and Nigel Davies and Trevor Holmes from our East team, with support from the members of the communications and stakeholder team.
 
‘Operation Kea’ was a joint operation between us, Derbyshire Constabulary, and High Peak Borough Council. It involved over 50 volunteers from the police service, the SIA, the private security industry, and Chesterfield’s Inspirations Theatre Company.
 
During each scenario, Level 2’s security staff – Saxon Security - demonstrated their training and awareness of Run, Hide, Tell and Remove, Remove, Remove. The event was a practical demonstration of the You Can ACT e-learning.
 
The event was the culmination of 18 months of working with the community to ensure that venues are prepared for ‘real-life’ incidents such as those described above, and that they appreciate the importance of having plans in place to deal with major incidents.
 
The point of the demonstration was to:
  • Enhance public safety
  • Increase confidence in the private security industry.
  • Showcase best practice.
  • Demonstrate working with the community.
The demonstration focussed on the ability of the club’s security staff to deal with a serious incident.  The preparedness of security staff, and their willingness to take action, is potentially life-saving during the vital interim period prior to the arrival of the emergency services.
 
What happened?
The key to the success of the event was that the exercise took place in a live environment at a Buxton nightspot. The club’s owner, Pete Watmough, set up the bar and his staff served (soft) drinks to the ‘clubbers’ while the DJ played tracks and turned on the lights overseen by nine members of the club’s security team, Saxon Security.
 
Four amateur actors from Inspirations – a local theatre company – played a range of parts including being the attackers and victims during the scenarios. This was all observed by a number of approved contractors and Midlands-based private security companies. Other observers included local members of the emergency services. After each simulated incident - which took about half an hour - there was an informal debrief with the security teams. 
 
Saxon Security performed their role well and defused the incidents, systematically prioritising the need to keep the clubbers safe and calm while tending to the ‘injured’; administering emergency first aid using the available equipment, and dousing the acid attack victim with adequate water.
 
At the end of the exercise all of the members of the private security industry present were asked to provide their feedback. They were invited to submit their email address to Derbyshire Constabulary in order to receive a certificate from them. 
 
The simulated exercises were observed by other regional private security businesses. These included: 
  • Leisure Guard Security (approved contractor - see below)
  • Radius (approved contractor)
  • Security & Stewards UK of Derby
  • Pentagon Security Force (Stoke on Trent)   
Saxon Security completed their You Can ACT e-learning prior to the exercise, and their achievement will be awarded as points toward Derbyshire Constabulary’s Continuing Professional Development scheme. 
 
Approved contractor Leisure Guard Security’s door supervisors, who took part in the simulated exercise put their skills into practice three days later during the incident at Manchester’s Arndale Centre on 12 October.
 
Responses to the event
Indi Singh, our Partnerships and Interventions East Region Investigations Officer, said of the event:
“It was a success - the feedback from the industry has been very positive so far. All of the performers, including Saxon Security and the actors and volunteers did a cracking job playing the roles of ‘attacker’ and ‘victims’ of the simulated assaults. This was a good demonstration, and an example of partnership working with the common goal of making our communities safer.”
 
John Sandlin, our Senior Manager, Partnerships and Interventions, said the exercise was a good initiative:
“Tuesday’s activity was really positive for the industry, the police, the regulator, and the venue as they all came together to improve standards. It was great to see so many people in one room achieving the same goal, learning and sharing good practice; ultimately, making the night time economy space safer for the public and staff that use it.”
 
Elsie Winnett, our Partnerships and Interventions investigator for Sussex and Surrey, was highly impressed with the scenarios and will now feedback to the rest of the South East team with a view to replicating it in the region.
 
Sgt Mat Winterbottom, of the North Division Licensing Team, Derbyshire Constabulary said:
“We have been working alongside the SIA for many months to set up this training to help our door security staff feel prepared to deal with incidents like these.  It is rare but are still important as they help keep people safe should the worse happen.”
 
The exercise was the culmination of two years of work by Indi Singh with the support of Nigel Davies, our Partnerships and Interventions Manager for the East Region. It followed anecdotal research that was carried out in 2017 with emergency service partners: Derbyshire Constabulary, Buxton Fire and Rescue, High Peaks Council Licensing team and Derbyshire Ambulance. 
 
The research looked at 60 pubs, clubs and venues in Derby, Buxton, Chesterfield and Glossop to establish what facilities and equipment were available to security staff to help their patrons should a major incident occur.  The outcome of the survey revealed low levels of preparedness by pubs and clubs.  The results were as follows:  
  • 4 venues had run drills, although could not provide a record
  • 75% of door staff had never taken part in a drill at any venue
  • 60% did not know what their venue’s alarm sounded like
  • 5% had a first aid kit near or by the front doors
  • No venue had a lock down plan that they could demonstrate
  • 75% of door staff did not know where their muster point was located
  • 85% of door staff knew where all the emergency exits were
  • 90% of door staff felt that they couldn’t rely on emergency service response times  
As a result of the study and intervention, there has been a change of behaviour in Buxton and the High Peak area with significant improvements to emergency management practices. Out of the 60 venues, almost all of them have implemented an overhaul of their safety practices, including the provision of water at entrances, first aid kits, and better trained security staff.
 
Derbyshire Constabulary has produced an operational process named ‘Intoxicated’ which contains guidance together with a sign-in sheet. These have been shared with each venue.
 
Following the evaluation of the exercise, it is envisaged that other simulated demonstrations will occur in other centres in the East Midlands. 
 
The simulated exercise at Buxton helped prepare Leisure Guard Security, an approved contractor, for the mass stabbing attack that took place at Manchester’s Arndale Centre on Friday 11 October. 

Leisure Guard Security provides security services for some of the shops within the centre.  Its operations director, Sajid Kadva, wrote in a letter to Indi:

 
Our staff were crucial in keeping people safe during the terror attack at the Arndale Shopping Centre. I am still in shock that my teams were doing "Run, Hide, Tell" for real, only days after Operation Kea. I honestly believe the refresher may have saved some lives today as all the staff deployed to the Arndale knew exactly what to do and ensured staff and customers were safe.
Members of the public praised for trying to stop Manchester Arndale Centre knife attacker
Members of the public praised for trying to stop Arndale Centre knife attacker. [Article courtesy of the Daily Telegraph published Saturday 12 October.]
 
A security guard and a member of the public who tried to tackle the Manchester shopping centre knifeman in a bid to prevent him injuring more people have been praised for their bravery.
 
The pair tried to stop the man as he slashed wildly at shoppers in the Arndale Centre on Friday, it emerged on Saturday.
 
Greater Manchester Police, Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson, said: “One member of staff from the Arndale and one member of the public intervened in the attack, and we’d like to praise and thank them for their bravery.
 
Bev Hughes, Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester said: "In particular a member of public and a member of the security staff did show enormous bravery in responding to the situation.
 
"Equally, there was a paramedic lady, off duty, who came down and helped the security staff here to support the victim."
 
A 40-year-old, from Manchester, was initially arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of an act of terrorism, but was later assessed by specialist doctors and compulsorily detained under the Mental Health Act.
 
He was considered unfit to be kept in custody and has now been transferred to mental health detention and police will now decide with Crown Prosecution Service officials whether he is in a position to face charges.
Jail sentence for murderers of Lanarkshire security guard
[Article published courtesy of the Daily Telegraph on 10 October 2019]

Two men who killed a security guard by beating him up and running him over have been jailed for a total of 24 years.
 
Scott Pearson, 22, and Ryan Hunter, 28, were sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow on Wednesday 9 October following the death of 49-year-old Mohammed Abu Sammour in October last year.
 
Pearson was locked up for a minimum 18 years after he was convicted of murdering the dad-of-four at a Taylor Wimpey building site in Newarthill, Lanarkshire.
 
Hunter was sentenced to six years after he pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of culpable homicide. Mohammed ended up dead after the pair and an accomplice planned to take his works van to go joyriding.
 
Jurors earlier heard how Mohammed was beaten unconscious then reversed over in his own vehicle.
 
He suffered 83 injuries including fractures to his face, skull and multiple rib injuries.

It emerged Pearson – whose criminal record stretches back to when he was 12 – had only been freed from prison eight days earlier.
 
Sentencing, Lord Burns told him: “Mr Sammour must have been dragged for a considerable distance while trapped under the van.
 
“It is plain that you were fully aware that you had reversed over him." Post script another man has been taken into custody following the conviction of Pearson and Hunter.
ENFORCEMENT UPDATE
“Phantom” security boss who failed to pay staff guilty of 22 counts of fraud
A security boss who ran seven companies under four different identities has been found guilty of defrauding security operatives who worked for him.

On Monday 30 September John Gaines, 72, of Leamington Spa, was found guilty of 22 charges of fraud at Warwick Crown Court.
 
Gaines employed SIA licensed security guards at a number of locations, including construction sites belonging to Heathrow Airport and Tesco. In many cases he either failed to pay them in full, or didn’t pay them at all.
 
Gaines was also found guilty of claiming to be “SIA approved”, despite not being a member of our Approved Contractor Scheme. Sentencing has been deferred to 14 November pending the production of a pre-sentencing report. Gaines has been remanded into custody in the meantime.
 
Nathan Salmon, of our Criminal investigation team, said:
“I am grateful to the jury for returning guilty verdicts on all 22 counts in this case.  In part, private security regulation was introduced to address 'cowboy' operators, and I can think of no better word to describe Gaines’ actions.
 
“Through various aliases and phantom businesses, Gaines set out to employ security operatives, withholding their pay whilst profiting from his contracts.  He employed new staff to replace those who left, continuing his fraudulent behaviour many times over.  He sought to conceal his identity, hid behind wild excuses, and was threatening to some employees who were merely seeking payment for the work they did for him.
 
“We recognised the harm Gaines was causing to regulated individuals within our industry, and I am grateful to the 21 employee victims who bravely came forward to secure this conviction.”
 
The case was brought to our attention following a series of complaints to police and Action Fraud. These complaints related to companies that were under suspicion of failing to pay security operatives. Analysis had shown that several of the companies in question shared e-mail addresses and phone numbers. This information was passed to us by the Government Agency Intelligence Network (GAIN).
 
We conducted a lengthy and complex UK-wide investigation into a number of contracts running from 2012 to early 2016. They had all been secured by one individual, John Wear Gaines, using various pseudonyms and different company names.
 
In conjunction with Warwickshire Police, we arrested Gaines in October 2017 and seized material linking him not only to the businesses in question, but to several alternative identities.  This material included hundreds of business cards and flyers at Gaines’ house in the names of Geoff Caines, Robert Fox, and David Ward. The “David Ward” cards contained the claim to be “SIA approved”.
 
Most of the businesses Gaines ran were sole trading entities, run virtually from his home. Only one, Crown/Accord Nationwide Security, was registered at Companies House. The company director was listed as “Jeff Cains”, another alias of John Gaines.
 
Gaines told the court that the workers whom he failed to pay were either “asleep on the job” or had failed to provide proper documentation. However, the court heard from a variety of witnesses who claimed that he refused to supply written contacts, ignored requests for payment, and left threatening phone messages for those who he defrauded.  
Unlicensed security company owner pleads guilty claiming it was “just a hobby”
A Swindon man who claimed that his security business was “just a hobby” has pleaded guilty to working without a licence. 
 
James Barnett, the director of Gold Shield Group Ltd and its three subsidiaries, made the admission at Swindon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 17 October.

Barnett undertook security contracts and deployed security operatives despite the fact that his licence was suspended in March 2017.
 
Barnett also pleaded guilty to failing to respond to our legally-enforceable request for information. We brought the prosecution against Barnett.
 
Nathan Salmon, of our Criminal Investigation Team, said:
“The business of providing protection for people and property is a very serious one. In no way can something that is so important be described as a “hobby”.

That importance is why there is a firm system of regulation in place for security businesses. As the regulator, we take a very dim view of anyone who seeks to flout the law for their own profit. Mr Barnett deceived the public, and his clients, by purporting to be a legally-operating security provider.”

 
We brought the prosecution following prolonged compliance activity by our West regional team, which discovered that Barnett was still listed as the sole director of Gold Shield Security (Swindon) Ltd despite the suspension of his licence. Although he did temporarily resign his directorship, he returned to the role and remained director of the parent company.
 
Barnett was invited to an interview with us, during which he made the claim that his business was “a hobby”, which he ran from his spare room. He also claimed that he only did the administration for the company, and that another person was taking over the directorship.
 
However, when we contacted a customer with whom Gold Shield Security had a contract between June 2018 and March 2019, they confirmed that they had only ever dealt with Barnett. Invoices and e-mail exchanges confirmed that Barnett was still operating as the company’s director.
 
Sentencing was deferred pending our financial investigation under the Proceeds of Crime Act. 
Jailed Portadown fraudster must pay £70,000 from proceeds of crime
A former security boss was ordered to pay £70,800 as the proceeds of crime at Antrim Crown Court on Friday 18 October. 

Steven Nixon, of Portadown, recently served a four-month prison service for ignoring a community service order following a conviction for fraud. This new order, given under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, relates to the value of assets currently available to him.

We sought confiscation of Nixon’s assets following his conviction for a range of offences against the Private Security Industry Act 2001 (PSIA). The court agreed on Friday that the full benefit to Nixon of his criminal behaviour was £237,756.14. This means that, should Nixon’s wealth increase, we will have a call on his assets up to the full benefit figure.

Pete Easterbrook, of our Criminal Investigation team, said:
“This confiscation order stands as a warning to others who may choose to engage in criminality within the private security industry.  Our powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act are far reaching, and although Mr Nixon initially believed he could hide some of his assets from our Investigators, we were able to trace them and present them to the court. Those who believe that they can commit criminal offences, and then hide the proceeds of their crime in this way are very much mistaken.

The security industry plays a vital part in ensuring public safety, and expectations are high of those who operate within it. The vast majority of the industry in Northern Ireland are professional and deliver services to a very high standard. The number of those who persist in committing offences and who show a complete disregard for regulation is small, but it is these individuals, and those supplying them, who present a risk to the public. We will pursue these individuals vigorously and where a conviction is obtained, we will use our powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act to recover the benefit of any criminality and ensure that committing crime within the security industry does not pay.”   

This Proceeds of Crime Act order follows our successful prosecution in December 2018. Nixon, who was the owner of Eventsafe Security Ltd, was sentenced to nine month’s imprisonment for fraud, and three months for supplying unlicensed security operatives. Both jail sentences were suspended for three years, and he was also required to do 100 hours unpaid work.

Nixon’s failure to comply with the community service order led to his imprisonment. In January 2017, we received intelligence that Nixon was still operating as a sole trader via his company Eventsafe, despite his licence being revoked in May 2016 due to his criminality. Nixon sought to ignore, and then to mislead, the inquiry, prior to being charged and convicted of two counts of fraud and two offences against the Private Security Industry Act.

The court also heard that Nixon had 39 previous convictions.
Convicted Shropshire security boss must pay £3,600
The jailed former owner of a Shropshire-based security business has been ordered to pay £3,608.21 as a result of proceeds of crime proceedings.
 
Matthew Davies and Maria Francis, both of Bridgnorth, were the former owner and director respectively of Showtime Security Guards Ltd. They appeared at Shrewsbury Crown Court on Friday 04 October where Matthew Davies was handed a director disqualification order for the next two years and required to pay £3,608.21 within three months. The order, given under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, follows our successful prosecution in June 2018 of them. Maria Francis’ proceeds of crime hearing has been adjourned until 25 October 2019 at Shrewsbury Crown Court.
 
If Davies fails to pay the confiscation order he could face a further two months’ imprisonment. After that time the authorities will continue to pursue the £3,608.21.
 
Davies was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment on 27 July 2018 for perverting the course of justice. He had attempted to intimidate a witness prior to his trial for supplying unlicensed security guards. Francis pleaded guilty to supplying unlicensed security guards to several businesses in Shropshire, and was given a 12-month conditional discharge. At the time Showtime Security was fined £2,700 and ordered to pay £500 in costs.
 
Davies served half of his prison sentence and was released in early December 2018. He continues to serve his sentence under supervision, which will expire in December 2019.
 
Pete Easterbrook, from our Criminal Investigations Team, said:
Following conviction, we will use our powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act to recover any profit made from criminality, making it harder for individuals to re-enter the industry, and ensuring that crime really does not pay. The consequences for Matthew Davies have been considerable, and in addition to serving a term of imprisonment following his conviction, he must now return the money he made from his illegal activities and comply with the terms of a director disqualification order. 
 
"The behaviour of Matthew Davies in this case exposed him as someone who believed he could gain whatever he wanted through intimidation, threats and bullying. Like so many bullies, he applied this tactic to those he encountered in the course of his business, those he employed, witnesses in this case and several others who were unfortunate enough to have dealings with him. I am absolutely clear that there is no place whatsoever for individuals like Davies within a professional and respected security industry. They are simply not welcome, and should carefully consider whether it is the right choice of career for them. Those who do engage in this kind of behaviour, are associated to it, or in any way condone it, can expect to come under very close scrutiny and be dealt with robustly.“
 
Venues to which Showtime provided unlicensed security included Tuffins Supermarket in Craven Arms, the VDubs in the Valley event, the construction site of Shrewsbury College’s Radbrooke campus, and the Ludlow Foyer, which provides residential and support services to vulnerable young people.
 
Our investigation into Davies and Francis’ dealings started in December 2016 following receipt of information by West Mercia Police that Showtime Security Guards Ltd was employing unlicensed security guards.
 
In July 2017, our 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. Showtime Security Guards Ltd was liquidated on 5 September 2018. 
LICENSING MATTERS
Explaining the licensing process - Licence Dispensation Notices (LDN)
If your job requires you to hold an SIA licence, you are not legally permitted to work until we have granted you a licence. The only exception to this is if you are working for an approved contractor and they have issued you with a Licence Dispensation Notice (often known as an ‘LDN’).
 
If you are issued with a Licence Dispensation Notice by your employer, you can work while we are processing your application for a licence. This is because approved contractors are regularly assessed to make sure they are operating to a high standard that demonstrates their commitment to quality. 
 
For a Licence Dispensation Notice to be valid all of the following conditions must be met: 
  1. We have authorised your employer to issue Licence Dispensation Notices;
  2. Your application is for a sector in which the company is approved (approved contractors may be approved for some sectors but not for others);
  3. Your application is for a sector that covers the activity you are going to be carrying out;
  4. Your application for an SIA licence is at the ‘Checks in Progress’ stage. 
A Licence Dispensation Notice cannot be issued if we refused your previous application for a licence or revoked or suspended your most recent previous licence. 

If any of these conditions are not met, then the company is committing a criminal offence by deploying you, and you are committing a criminal offence by undertaking licensable activity.
A few other points to note:
  • Licence Dispensation Notices cannot be used on assignments working with children or vulnerable adults.
  • Licence Dispensation Notices are only valid while we are processing your application. The Licence Dispensation Notice ceases to be valid once we make our licensing decision, whether that decision is to grant your licence or refuse your application.
  • A Licence Dispensation Notice is not a ‘temporary licence’. There is no such thing as a temporary licence: All of our licences are valid for three years except for front line vehicle immobiliser licences which are valid for one year.
  • You do not need a Licence Dispensation Notice if you are renewing your licence and your previous licence has not expired. You are still licensed while your previous licence is active.     
Read more about LDNs here
Driving licence numbers 
If our licensing system is rejecting your driving licence number, then it is likely to be because:
  • You are entering too many digits, or
  • The name and date of birth you’ve given us are different to the name and date of birth you gave to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

Too many digits
Some UK driving licences feature two additional numbers to the right of and separate to the main number (for example: XXXXX111111XX1XX  99). Please do not enter these last two digits.

Name and date of birth
Most UK driving licence numbers use a standard format that includes characters drawn from the driver’s name and date of birth (the exceptions to this are those issued in Northern Ireland). Our licensing system knows what this format is and uses the same logic that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency uses to determine what your driving licence number should be. That means that the information you give us has to match the information you gave the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. If it is different – for example, if you told the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency that you have a middle name but you didn’t tell us – then the number you put in won’t be the number our system is expecting.

You should check that the name and date of birth you gave us match the name and date of birth printed on your driving licence. If they aren’t then you should contact us through your online account and ask us to change your details on our system. You will need to tell us:
  • The name and date of birth you gave us
  • The name and date of birth you gave to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
UPCOMING EVENTS
Book now for our SIA National 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, 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. 

 
Please find our conference agenda here.  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.
For those who have already registered - and who have not yet chosen their preferred workshop - we invite you to do so. Click on the link here and make your choice. 
 
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!
Register your place here
Security TWENTY 19/20 conferences and exhibitions 
Please find details of the forthcoming Security TWENTY events:

7 November 2019 – Park Inn by Radisson Hotel and Conference Centre, London Heathrow.

Security TWENTY 20
20 February 2020 - Birmingham
22 April 2020 - Glasgow
14 July 2020 - Manchester
8 September 2020 - Belfast
10 September 2020 - Dublin
5 November 2020 - London
 
Register your place here
The OSPAs 
The Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) is taking place on Wednesday 26 February 2020 at the Royal Lancaster London. The registration page to participate in the awards dinner and ceremony will open in due course. One of the judges of the awards will be our Chief Executive, Ian Todd.

Professor Martin Gill, who organises the UK chapter of the OSPAs said: “The security industry plays a vital role in safeguarding public and private sector organisations and the general public; there are many companies and talented individuals who go above and beyond to protect property, people and assets and deserve to be recognised. The OSPAs provide an independent platform to showcase the exceptional and unconditional work that is being done by so many, and it is hugely important that we reward and acknowledge the incredible contribution made in keeping us all safe.

In the afternoon prior to the awards dinner there will be a Thought Leadership Summit and exhibition taking place. 
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