Security Industry Authority partners with Police Scotland to tackle hate crime against security staff

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is partnering with Police Scotland in support of the latter’s new Hate Crime campaign, which is focusing on workers in Scotland’s night-time economy in an effort to encourage more victims of hate crime to come forward.

Police Scotland is launching a door supervisor poster as part of its campaign which runs until 10 March. The poster, which bears the SIA logo, targets homophobic abuse. Other elements of the campaign feature taxi drivers and workers at fast food outlets and convenience stores.

Feedback from police officers and partners shows that workers in these late-night industries are most at risk of experiencing hate crime. The Police Scotland campaign is aiming to raise awareness of the issue and ensure that night-time workers – as well as the wider public – report these crimes.

Ed Bateman, the SIA’s director of partnerships and interventions, said: “We’re very happy to support this initiative by Police Scotland. Door supervisors do a difficult job, often in trying circumstances, and many of them find themselves the target of unacceptable abuse. If you have been targeted because of your disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity, or you are aware of someone else being targeted, we want you to report it.”

Over 6,700 hate crimes were recorded in Scotland in 2017-2018, with 66% of those involved being targeted because of their race. 16% had a sexual orientation aggravator and 7% a religion aggravator.

Chief Superintendent John McKenzie, Police Scotland’s head of safer communities, stated: “Hate crime can have a devastating impact upon victims, their families and wider communities. It can leave victims feeling isolated and fearful of what might happen next. It’s important people know they can report such crime and that they know how to report it. We work with partners including the Scottish Government to raise awareness and encourage the reporting of hate crime. If victims don’t feel comfortable reporting the matter directly to the police they can report to Third Party Reporting Centres, which have staff who can identify hate crimes and offer support to victims.”

The Safer Communities Department within Police Scotland has a scheme in which officers across the country can be hate crime champions. This means they are trained to provide advice and support around hate crime to other police officers and police staff.

Other key partners in this year’s campaign include the Scottish Grocers Federation, Just Eat and Scottish License Trade News. Graham Corfield, managing director of Just Eat UK, observed: “We work with over 30,000 restaurants in the UK. We want to play our part in helping restaurant owners and employees alike to feel safe when they are at work. Giving people the confidence to report hate crimes is hugely important. We’re very pleased to be supporting this important campaign.”

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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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