Eboracum UK Ltd becomes first private security firm to gain SCC’s independent certification

Eboracum UK Ltd’s use of body-worn cameras has received independent certification of the Secretary of State’s Surveillance Camera Code of Practice. Certified to ISO 9001:2015 by the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB), the York-based Security Industry Authority Approved Contractor and support solutions provider of security guarding, key holding, event stewarding and property inspection services was established in 2011 and also provides a dedicated street ranger service to York’s Business Improvement District.

Body-worn cameras have become important items of equipment and are now deployed with operatives across the company. Supported by local police and city council enforcement officers, body-worn cameras have enabled the provision of evidence leading to successful prosecutions.

Aside from prosecutions, body-worn cameras have also been used to deter assaults on staff and prevent crime. They actively serve to inhibit episodes of aggressive behaviour.

Tony Porter QPM LLB: the Surveillance Camera Commissioner

Tony Porter QPM LLB: the Surveillance Camera Commissioner

Recognising the importance of maintaining public trust and confidence when conducting surveillance activity, Eboracum UK Ltd was committed to being transparent in demonstrating high standards and the ethical use of its body-worn cameras and so decided to undertake voluntary certification assessment against the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice which is regulated by Tony Porter QPM LLB, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner.

The Code of Practice is intended to ensure that individuals and wider communities have confidence that body-worn surveillance cameras are deployed to protect and support them rather than spy on them. The Government is keen to encourage organisations to voluntarily adopt the Code, which is a mandatory requirement for police forces in England and Wales.

With its procedures, privacy impact assessment and processes audited by the SSAIB, Eboracum UK Ltd has taken steps to ensure that its body-worn CCTV systems operate within a legal framework and meet the standards of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s Code of Practice. This includes data security, appropriate usage, control of records and promoting a culture of honesty.

Carl Nickson, director of Eboracum UK Ltd, said: “Although accreditation is voluntary, I feel that it’s important to demonstrate a transparent and compliant approach towards the use of CCTV. We’re leading from the front as the first security company to achieve this accolade. I hope that others will follow. Achieving this accreditation outlines that even small to medium-sized businesses can put privacy, compliance and transparency at the top of the agenda.”

Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter responded: “A key component of my National Surveillance Camera Strategy is to encourage organisations not bound by statute to comply with the Secretary of State’s Code of Practice and voluntarily adopt its provisions. In doing so, Eboracum UK Ltd has demonstrated a real commitment to ensure that the public can have confidence in the company’s use of body-worn surveillance cameras. I congratulate the business on its achievement and encourage other organisations to follow this example.”

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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