SIA enforcement operations target locations, clubs and bars in Shropshire and Staffordshire
Last Saturday evening (November 27), Security Industry Authority (SIA) investigators conducted execution operations in Telford and Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton. These were targeted operations aimed at identifying and disrupting the activities of unauthorized security guards, who endanger the public by working illegally.
SIA investigators inspected sites in Telford, Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton. They spoke with site officials, reviewed documentation, and interviewed and verified the licenses of security guards on duty that night. SIA investigators also inspected a company’s premises and conducted investigations at a residential address.
The operation, supported by West Mercia Police officers, also aimed to gather intelligence on fraudulent activities such as bogus security companies, individuals operating without a license and signs of labor exploitation. and modern slavery.
At the end of the operation, SIA officials identified seven breaches under the Private Security Sector Act (PSIA) and potential breaches under the Fraud Act.
- Four people worked without a permit
- It was discovered that a security company was supplying unlicensed agents
- Two people were found to be in breach of their license conditions
It was discovered that one person, although a licensed security guard, was using a counterfeit door supervisor license to work on the doors. He fled as the SIA approached. Once the SIA has confirmed its identity, it will revoke the license it currently holds.
SIA investigators will now keep track of individuals who are operating illegally and can revoke licenses they hold, if necessary. The SIA can also conduct a criminal investigation and prosecute.
Commenting on Pete Easterbrook’s operations, the SIA’s head of criminal investigations said:
The goal of the SIA is to protect the public through effective regulation. Members of the public should be able to enjoy their evenings confident that the places they go to are secured by approved, qualified and authorized people.
The vast majority of the private security industry takes its obligations seriously and recognizes the important role the private security industry plays in ensuring public safety. There are, however, a small number of individuals and businesses who show a complete disregard for regulation and in so doing put the public at risk. After Saturday’s operation, we will be watching the activities of these individuals and businesses very closely. We will not hesitate to take swift and vigorous action against those who do not comply.
Mr. Easterbrook added:
I would like to thank the West Mercia Police for their support in this operation. Our close working relationship contributed to the success of the evening and showed that some people who are of interest to our police partners are also of interest to the SIA.
More information :
- The Security Industry Authority is the body responsible for regulating the private security industry in the UK, reporting to the Home Secretary under the Private Security Industry Act 2001. the voluntary certified contractor program.
- For more information on the Security Industry Authority, visit www.gov.uk/sia. The SIA is also present on Facebook (Security Industry Authority), LinkedIn and Twitter (SIAuk).