Thursday, 28 October 2010
Who Needs a Public Space Surveillance (CCTV) Licence?
A Public Space Surveillance (CCTV) licence is required when manned guarding activities are carried out through the use of closed circuit television equipment to:
monitor the activities of a member of the public in a public or private place; or
identify a particular person.
This includes the use of CCTV in these cases to record images that are viewed on non-CCTV equipment, but excludes the use of CCTV solely to identify a trespasser or protect property.
A Public Space Surveillance (CCTV) licence is required only if your services are supplied for the purposes of or in connection with any contract to a consumer.
For further information contact us at Knightguard Security on 020 8287 3213 or visit http://www.knightguard.co.uk
Sunday, 17 October 2010
The licence holders all had Door Supervision qualifications from Leyton-based centre Tristar. A specified qualification must be passed before the SIA licence can be applied for.
Awarding body Edexcel withdrew the ‘Level 2 BTEC Award in Door Supervision’ certificates issued by Tristar, and removed it as an accredited centre.
Because their qualifications have been withdrawn, 211 licence holders no longer meet SIA licensing criteria, which states that a specified qualification must be passed. The SIA has therefore suspended these licences.
The suspensions will be reviewed in 90 days and if the individuals do not have a valid qualification by this time their licence will be revoked. Any person found to have been complicit in malpractice will have their licence revoked.
Director of Strategy and Corporate Services Hazel Russell said:
“We take allegations of training malpractice very seriously, and in this case have taken prompt action to suspend licences after receiving information from Edexcel.
The training is an essential part of the licensing process, ensuring that all those working in the security industry are properly equipped to carry out their role. Reassuringly, we have relatively few reports of misconduct, and we work closely with the awarding bodies to ascertain that licence-linked qualifications meet the necessary standards.”
An Edexcel spokesperson said:
“Edexcel takes any abuse of our qualifications very seriously. We received allegations of malpractice within Tristar and carried out a thorough investigation, including forensic analysis of test papers. We found substantiated evidence of malpractice and consequently we withdrew over 200 Level 2 BTEC Awards in Door Supervision and removed the centre’s accreditation.
BTECs are rigorous qualifications and we will always take action, where necessary, to protect their value.”
Monday, 30 August 2010
The definition of a door supervisor given in British Standard BS 7960 is: a person employed by any person responsible for the management of any licensed premises or event, who has the authority of the owner, licensee, manager or organiser, exclusively or mainly to decide upon the suitability of customers to be allowed on to those premises, and/or to maintain order and public safety.”
The new licence-linked qualifications for door supervisors has been introduced across the UK since the beginning of June. The qualifications bring door supervisor training up to date and introduce a modular structure.
All door supervisors would be required to do the various modules.
- Working in The Private Security Industry
- Working as a Door Supervisor
- Communication and Conflict Management
- Physical Intervention
The training has been updated to reflect changes in door supervisor working practices. It now includes a practical assessment of physical intervention skills, ensuring that learners will know how to safely escort violent customers from the premises. The training also includes units on first aid, how to spot terrorist threats and the specific considerations that must be taken into account when dealing people aged 14 to 18.
For door supervisors who have achieved qualifications under the old system they will be required to have further training in physical intervention skills, this is good practice and alot of companies are requesting this now. Door supervisors that qualified over 3 years ago and have not applied for licence the qualification is now obsolete and will have to retrain.
We advise that anyone wishing to train as a door supervisor do not train with any company offering door supervisor training without the physical intervention module.
For further information visit http://www.knightguard.co.uk/