Door supervisor prosecuted for using fake Security Industry Authority licence

On Tuesday 7 March at Cardiff and Vale Magistrates Court, Christopher David Price was found guilty of working without a licence. He also pleaded to being in possession of a false document (purported to be a Security Industry Authority licence).

In June 2016, a Security Industry Authority (SIA) investigations officer, accompanied by police officers, checked venues including a bar in Cardiff as part of a night-time economy operation. The officers observed Christopher David Price at WOW Bar on Churchill Way in Cardiff, working as a door supervisor with what appeared to be an SIA licence.

The SIA investigator checked Price’s alleged licence. Although the photograph looked like Price, it was in fact a laminated paper photocopy intended to look like an SIA licence. When checked on the SIA’s Register of Licence Holders, it was established that Christopher David Price didn’t hold an SIA licence. Price was subsequently removed from door supervisory duties at the venue.

After further investigation, it became evident that Price had worked as an unlicensed door supervisor at WOW on six earlier occasions while using false SIA licence details.

Appearing at Cardiff and Vale Magistrates Court, Price pleaded guilty to working without a licence on seven occasions, contrary to Section 3 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. He also pleaded guilty to using a false document which purported to be an SIA licence, which is an offence under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981.

Important and responsible role

In sentencing, the presiding Magistrate questioned whether Price would have continued with the unlicensed work had he not been caught using the false document. The Magistrate added that door supervision is an important and responsible role requiring the necessary training, which Price hadn’t undertaken.

Price received a custodial sentence of 12 weeks, suspended for 12 months, and was sentenced to complete 100 hours of unpaid community work. He was also ordered to pay £1,000 in costs and a victim surcharge of £115.

Nathan Salmon, the SIA’s investigations manager, commented: “The SIA robustly regulates the security industry and will seek to prosecute those who choose to ignore the legislation that’s in place. Christopher Price wasn’t licensed to work as a door supervisor, and yet he knowingly used a false SIA licence on a number of occasions. He deceived the company who employed him, and the general public who frequented the premises, by pretending that he was a licensed individual.”

Salmon concluded: “Security regulation exists in order to protect those who use contracted security services, not to mention the general public. This is highlighted by the guilty pleas entered by the defendant in this case and the stiff sentencing that resulted from his fraudulent behaviour.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014.

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