The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is hosting its annual Stakeholder Conference on Wednesday 18 November at the Cavendish Conference Centre, Duchess Mews in central London. Bookings for the event close on Thursday 13 November.
The scheduled agenda will include presentations on:
*the Regulator’s vision for the future
*improvements to standards within the private security sector
*issues facing police forces as they seek to protect members of the public and reduce crime
There will also be a dedicated Forum involving representatives from the security business sector while Dr Alan Clamp, the Regulator’s CEO, will close the conference.
The delegate fee is £99.60 which includes VAT, registration, luncheon and refreshments. There’s a 10% discount for valid SIA licence holders. This fee has been set at a cost recovery basis only with no profit margin.
Fees cannot be refunded once a given booking has been confirmed. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
The SIA is offering ten free places to followers on Facebook and Twitter.
Up to and during the event the Regulator be using the Twitter hashtag: #SIAConf15
*To book your place online visit: registration.livegroup.co.uk/siaconference2015/
By law, security operatives working under contract and all door supervisors must hold and display a valid SIA licence. A non-front line licence is required for those who manage, supervise and/or employ individuals engaging in licensable activity as long as front line activity is not carried out. This includes directors and partners.
Information about SIA enforcement and penalties can be found on the website: www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/enforcement
The SIA is the organisation directly responsible for regulating the private security industry in the UK, reporting to the Home Secretary Theresa May under the Terms and Conditions of the Private Security Industry Act 2001.
The SIA’s main duties are the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme which is focused on security companies.
*For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for e-mail updates visit: www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk
Security officer pleads guilty
On Tuesday 22 September 2015 at Luton Magistrates Court, Asif Abrar of Speckmans Way in Slough entered a guilty plea to a charge under Section 3 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001.
Abrar had been working as a security officer for Nationwide Security Management Limited on a construction site in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire. Although his SIA licence had been suspended in January 2014, he was found working as a security officer by SIA investigators in March 2015.
Nationwide Security Management Limited and its director have entered pleas of not guilty to associated charges and they will be heard at a future date.
SIA investigations manager Nathan Salmon commented: “This case clearly illustrates that the Security Industry Authority will not tolerate people who have had their SIA licences suspended or revoked continuing to work in a licensable role. Asif Abrar was found working as a security officer on a remote building site during an SIA-Hertfordshire Constabulary site visit which showed his licence had been suspended for over a year.”
Salmon concluded: “We will continue to work closely with our partners to ensure compliance with the legislation.”
According to Salmon, the SIA is “presently reviewing” the Approved Contractor Status of Nationwide Security Management Limited.