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April 2016 issue online

Free to read online is the April 2016 issue of Professional Security magazine, that’s landing on desks in its print edition now.

This issue’s cover article features our regular columnist Jim Gannon, who takes as his subject this month the debate over the so-called snoopers’ charter; the Investigatory Powers Bill that the Conservative Government is taking through Parliament. Our other columnist, Una Riley, reports on the SIA – not the UK one, the regulator the Security Industry Authority, but the one in the United States, a trade association.

Besides our regular features – the pages of spending the budget, and new products; pages about and for installers and installation companies; the book review page; and IP networked security topics and installations – we return courtesy of Adrian Jones to whether and how the UK should make more of the counter-terror Project Griffin, in case of a Paris-style terror strike; report from the NSI installers’ seminar last month at the National Motorcycle Centre; and the spring seminar of EPIC – Ex-Police in Industry and Commerce – at Henley on Thames; we round off our interview with Dirk Wilson, MD of north-west-based contract guarding company Sector Security; and speak about employee screening and vetting with a man who’s been round a table with Prime Minister David Cameron.

On CCTV, we speak to the Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter, two years into his term as the regulator of public space CCTV by local government and police; and report after the ST16 Midlands event, on what one of our speakers, Mark Babington of Birmingham-based public transport operators Centro, told us at the February conference in Nottingham. He’s had to, like most people in the public sector, make do with a much reduced budget; but he’s still providing a service, and indeed taking on work as other public bodies look to economise. He’s centralised the CCTV monitoring of Solihull council on the outskirts of Birmingham. Might this be the shape of public space CCTV monitoring to come – indeed, the only way that it can continue to provide a service, as it’s not required of local government by law?!

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