Door supervisor sent to prison in wake of being caught with photocopied licence 

Luton Magistrates' Court

Luton Magistrates’ Court

A Bedfordshire door supervisor has been sent to prison after being found working with a forged Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence. Norris Dennis, 60, was sentenced at Luton Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 24 April to 20 weeks’ immediate imprisonment. He had pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud and one of working without a valid SIA licence.

Nathan Salmon of the SIA’s Criminal Investigations Team said: “The SIA regulates the private security industry, and licenses individuals, in order to protect the public. Trying to circumvent the licensing regime by creating a fake licence is a particularly serious offence. The Judge in this case shared this view, which is why Dennis was immediately sent to prison. The SIA’s regional teams conduct regular random licence checks right across the UK.  We will prosecute in cases of this nature. Courts are able to use the full penalties available under the law.”

Dennis was caught by SIA investigators in September last year during a joint operation with Bedfordshire Police in Dunstable. He was found wearing a photocopy of a genuine SIA licence, which had been altered to include his name and photograph.

The SIA investigators had just checked one of Dennis’ co-workers, who was correctly licensed. Dennis himself appeared to be wearing an SIA licence on an armband. The investigators checked the licence number against the SIA’s register of licence holders and discovered that the number belonged to a different person. Dennis was cautioned and the counterfeit licence was seized.

The SIA’s Criminal Investigations Team spoke to the genuine licence holder, who was able to confirm that he still had the real licence in his possession and that he had not given permission for anyone to copy it in any way.

The SIA invited Dennis for interview in order to continue their investigations. Dennis didn’t reply to the invitation or respond in any way despite repeated attempts to contact him.

Salmon added: “Ignoring requests for information from the SIA is an offence in itself. Our investigators will inevitably pursue non-respondents who could well end up with additional charges being brought against them. It’s always best in the long run to engage with the SIA from the beginning and help with the Regulator’s enquiries.”

Dennis has also been ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £115.

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 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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