The need for qualified security door supervisors has been highlighted by several recent court cases where unqualified door staff received fines, hefty orders for costs and even a suspended prison sentence.
Unless your employer or company has been given an exemption under the Private Security Industry Act 2001, it is a criminal offence to undertake the licensable activities of a door supervisor without a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence.
In one recent case, a company owner and his Yorkshire-based business were each fined and ordered to pay significant costs for working without a licence.
The man pleaded guilty and the court fined him £100 and ordered him to pay costs of £2,251 and a victim surcharge of £30 with the same punishment imposed on his company.
In another case, an unlicensed door supervisor in the Midlands was sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work and to pay costs of £500 and a victim surcharge of £115.
Pete Easterbrook, Criminal Investigations Manager for the SIA, said after the Midlands case: “This case serves to highlight that there that there is no place whatsoever within the security industry for those who deliberately undermine the safeguards that regulation provides. Those who do can expect to be dealt with robustly.”
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