On Tuesday 22 March at Luton Crown Court, Robert Dass (the director of Nationwide Security Management Ltd) was found guilty of supplying multiple unlicensed security officers. The court heard that Nationwide Security Management Ltd supplied unlicensed security officers across England from June 2014 to June 2015.
During an inspection at the Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield, Security Industry Authority (SIA) investigators worked with Home Office Immigration Enforcement (HOIE) and found a security officer working on a revoked licence and in breach of a student visa. He was subsequently arrested and deported from the UK.
Further enquiries were made by SIA investigators at a site in Portsmouth which revealed that another security officer, Sunil Kumar, never held an SIA licence, but had been working for Nationwide Security Management Ltd since 25 November 2014. This amounts to a Section 3 offence under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.
Several other security officers, namely Asif Abrar, Muhammad Luqman, Hafiz Bilal Ahmad and Faheem Bhatti were also found to be working without a licence, which is also an offence under Section 3 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001.
To investigate further, the SIA requested information from Robert Dass. He failed to supply all of the information requested, omitting data on the identity of some security officers. This amounted to a Section 19 offence under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.
Instead, Dass said: “No comment” during an interview with SIA investigators and provided a prepared statement which asserted that he had allowed others within the company to deal with operational affairs. This statement substantiated the fact that Dass was neglectful in the running of his company.
Evidence gathering process
Despite a lack of co-operation from Dass, SIA investigators were able to gather evidence to show that unlicensed security officers worked in other locations such as Wolverhampton, Hertfordshire and Portsmouth.
The presiding Judge found Dass guilty of four counts of supplying an individual without a licence, an offence under Section 5 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Dass he was fined £2,000, ordered to pay costs of £7,000 and issued a surcharge of £120.
The company itself, Nationwide Security Management Ltd, was also found guilty of four counts of supplying an individual without a licence (a Section 5 offence). The business was also fined £2,000, ordered to pay costs of £7,000 and given a surcharge of £120.
Commenting on the case, Nathan Salmon (the SIA’s investigations manager) stated: “It’s important to note that the charges relate to the deployment of a number of unlicensed operatives over multiple locations. The sentence imposed by the court reflects that breaches of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 are serious and considered wholly unacceptable.”