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SIA join week of door checks

Some 350 door supervisors were inspected during a wide-scale operation over the days of an Association of Chief Police Officers’ (ACPO) ‘Week of Action’, from September 13 to 21.

Security Industry Authority staff supported police forces and councils as part of the work on licensing enforcement.

The inspections at some 20 towns and cities covered: London, Barnsley, Suffolk, Durham, Stafford, Hertford, Broxbourne, Cardiff, Bridgend, Blackburn, Darwen, Accrington, Blackpool, Stevenage, Belfast, Cookstown, Wellingborough, Rushden, Kettering, Dudley and Stourbridge. A total of 110 venues were visited including clubs, pubs and bars, with 362 door supervisors checked. Of those, 357 individuals were working legally by holding a valid SIA licence.

Enquiries are being taken forward by the SIA on five door supervisors who were found working illegally, without an SIA licence. Investigators also issued 15 warnings to security operatives for breaching SIA licence conditions such as failing to notify the SIA of a change of their address and failing to display their licence.

John Montague, Senior Manager Partnerships and Interventions at the SIA said afterwards: “Supporting our enforcement partners during this worthwhile campaign is pivotal in ensuring that those who work in the private security industry are properly trained, vetted and licensed to do so. This helps to protect the public and allow those that enjoy the night-time economy to feel safe.

“The results show that there is high compliance with the law nationwide, we will continue our efforts to ensure that this is maintained.”

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