I was recently asked whether we should call our staff security guards or should they be security officers. I thought about it for a while and began to ponder on what, if any, is the difference between the two. Historically, I believe the BSIA (British Security Industry Association) used to insist that Security Officer was the correct terminology, but the Security Industry Authority (SIA) have put a stop to that claim of superiority by naming the training curriculum as Security ... Continue Reading →
‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The mistletoe hung in the office with care,
In the chance that a kiss soon would be there.
The staff were all nestled and snug in their beds,
With memories of parties and wine in their heads.
The Boss with his bonus and wife with mince pies,
Had settled their brains and relaxed both their eyes.
When out in the street, there ... Continue Reading →
Additional Training for Security Staff with Door Supervisors’ SIA Licenses
As many of you will already know, it has been confirmed that, from 4th February 2013, SIA license holders wishing to renew their Door Supervisors’ licenses will need to undertake further training to enable them to do so. The Up-skilling for Door Supervisor Awards are available through Training Providers and via all the main awarding bodies such as BTEC, HABC or IQ who already provide Door Supervisor training. They will consist ... Continue Reading →
I was at the Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce Members Council meeting at the Alea Casino yesterday in Nottingham yesterday. We were listened to a presentation on “Planning for Transport infrastructure improvements” by representatives of Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City Council.
Many of us are very aware of the construction work going on around us on the new tram lines. It’s been broadcast loud and clear that work on the A453 is due to start next year: an issue very close to my ... Continue Reading →
The Olympic Games: has it tarnished the reputation of the Security Industry?
There were swathes of space in the press and media dedicated to the saga of security at the London Olympic Games, G4S’s inability to fulfil its contract and supply adequate numbers of security personnel. Many commentators at the time were saying that the debacle had set back the security industry by at least a decade. It was suggested that all the gains made by the licensing and closer policing ... Continue Reading →
I was at a recent Nottingham & Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce meeting (in Chesterfield) where we had been asked to engage with representatives of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) regarding proposed future policy on “Flexible Employment Practise”.
Currently staff have the right to ask for changes to work patterns, hours etc. in order to be “family friendly” and though this can easily be denied for business reasons, due process must be followed. We also have paternal leave for ... Continue Reading →
We have had all the furore over the Olympics recruitment shortfall and the follow-up news articles about poor recruits, unable to speak English and poor or non-existent training. I thought it might be time to look at the processes involved in a proper recruitment programme for security personnel, which might give us some insight into why the failures have occurred and what processes should have been in place.
Selection starts with the job advert, whether on-line, in the paper or job ... Continue Reading →
Some of you here, sunning yourselves in the East Midlands rain-soaked landscape, will be thinking something along the lines of “What has all this got to with us here in Nottingham, Derby or Leicester?”
It may not have escaped you, but the worlds’ largest security contractor, G4S is currently getting some flak about their inability to supply the full security requirements for the forthcoming London Olympics. Whilst this seems to have only just come to light in a barrage of media ... Continue Reading →
The SIA reports that it has prosecuted a Peterborough Door Supervisor who has been fined more than £7,000 for working without a license. In this instance that gentleman concerned had had his license revoked, but continued to work as a Door Supervisor. He was caught working during a raid in September 2011 at a bar in March in Cambridgeshire.
He was one of five caught during a series of raids conducted at that time, but the SIA ... Continue Reading →
When you are an SIA Approved Contractor, you have to complete this workbook on an annual basis, prior to having the ACS audit. It is used to enable ACS companies to measure the levels of their own performance, as they see it and to compare notes with the auditor during the audit.
The SIA has announced its’ intention to change and upgrade some of these competencies and is now consulting with companies on the suggestions that have been made via their ... Continue Reading →