Security Offences Found During Operation In County Down
13 March 2014
On Saturday night [8 March], investigators from the Security Industry Authority joined the Police Service Northern Ireland to conduct checks on security in County Down.
The purpose of the operation was to ensure that door supervisors working in licensed premises were working legally by holding an SIA licence.
During the operation 11 door supervisors were checked across five venues including pubs and clubs.
In Warrenpoint, two door supervisors were found working without an SIA licence. One of the individuals was also the security manager, who did not have the correct SIA licence required for the role.
It is a legal requirement for individuals working as door supervisors, and those who deploy them, to be SIA licensed. Enquiries are being taken forward by the PSNI and the SIA.
SIA Head of Investigation Sharon Roberts said:
“The SIA is committed to working closely with the PSNI to ensure all those working in the night time economy are doing so legally, by holding an SIA licence.
“We take illegal activity seriously and we will continue to take a robust approach where offending is found.”
Notes to Editors:
- By law, security operatives working under contract and all door supervisors must hold and display a valid SIA licence. A non-front line licence is required for those who manage, supervise and/or employ individuals who engage in licensable activity, as long as front line activity is not carried out; this includes directors and partners. Information about SIA enforcement and penalties can be found on the website: www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/enforcement
- The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. The SIA’s main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.
- For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates visit www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk. The SIA is also on Facebook (Security Industry Authority) and Twitter (SIAuk).