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 Lancashire security boss ordered to pay £6,500 for supplying unlicensed security or go to jail
A Preston man has been ordered to pay a four-figure sum for providing unlicensed security to a school. Last Tuesday (20 April 2021) Martin Coe of Blackpool was handed a £6,548 Confiscation Order at Preston Crown Court, payable within three months. If he fails to pay he will face a 60-day jail sentence. He was also ordered to pay court costs of £5,000 to the Security Industry Authority (SIA) within 12 months. Tuesday's decision follows the SIA's prosecution of Martin Coe last October. Coe was the former director of Evolution Security Services NW Limited (now dissolved). He was found g...
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Call to Action: Participate in Ground Breaking IFPO study on Frontline Security Officers
Perpetuity Research, led by Professor Martin Gill CSyP has been commissioned by The International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) to undertake a ground-breaking study to explore the roles, responsibilities and training of frontline security officers. We are looking for frontline security officers in the UK or Ireland to take part in an on-line survey where they will be asked questions about the tasks they undertake, the skills required and the training they have received. The survey will take no longer than 15-minutes and will consist of mostly multiple-choice questions. The...
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Frontline security officers recognised across the UK for contribution during COVID-19
The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has recognised the work of its members’ frontline security officers across the United Kingdom during COVID-19 by announcing its regional security personnel winners for 2021.   The BSIA’s regional security personnel awards are part of the Association’s national British Security Awards, which will be taking place on 30 June. All regional winners will now go forward as national finalists. For over 20 years the regional awards, sponsored by Camberford Underwriting, have recognised the talent, dedication, skill and bravery exhibit...
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Statement from Michelle Russell, Acting Chief Executive of the SIA, on the new licence-linked qualifications
On the day before they come into force, Michelle Russell, Chief Executive of the SIA (Security Industry Authority), marks the introduction of the changes to training for SIA licence applicants and licence holders. The statement confirms the changes, the context behind their introduction and their importance in public protection.   “Tomorrow marks the introduction of the updates to the existing qualifications needed to apply for an SIA licence for the first time.   I want to take this opportunity to confirm the changes, why they are needed, and how this will benefit the ...
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Winners of the 2021 UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards Announced
*Press Release* The first-ever virtual UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) event took place on 25th February 2021. Hundreds of security professionals tuned in to the live-streamed virtual award ceremony to celebrate the best of the best from across the sector – with guest appearances from Paul Sinha (AKA The Sinnerman from the Chase) and Alan Dedicoat known by many as ‘The Voice of the Balls’ from the National Lottery programmes. This year, once again, companies, initiatives, technologies, individuals and teams were honoured in sixteen categories for their outstan...
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Final call to register for UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) virtual awards show
The event promises to be fun and lively with guest appearances from Paul Sinha, known by many as ‘The Sinnerman’ on the Chase, and Alan Dedicoat the ‘Voice of the Balls’ on the National Lottery programmes. The event, sponsored by TEAM Software, is free-to-attend and will include entertainment and surprises! A Zoom Afterparty will follow providing an opportunity congratulate the winners and network with colleagues and friends from the industry. To secure you place register here ...
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BSIA launches industry-first ethical Automated Facial Recognition (AFR) framework  
*Press Release* 01/02/2021 - The British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) video surveillance section has launched an ethical and legal use guide for Automated Facial Recognition (AFR). The guide is the first of its kind, following recommendations on responsible use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and encompasses useful terms and abbreviations, ethical uses, and more. The guide has a specific focus on distinctive application types verification (is it you?) and identification (who is it?). Both industry expert...
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BSIA wins Business Member Association of the Year Award from the Association of Association Executives
*Press Release* The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has won the Business Member Association of the Year Award at the Association of Association Executives Awards 2020, which was held last night (16 December). In choosing the BSIA from a wide list of well-known and respected trade associations from across the United Kingdom, the judges chose the BSIA as overall winners by recognising that “the new leadership team have clearly pushed the organisation forward – raising its profile and benefitting its members a great deal.” Mike Reddington, Chief Executive, BSIA said: ...
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Lancashire Security Company Director Found Guilty
*Press Release* A Lancashire company director who provided unlicensed security staff to a school has had his case referred to a higher court for sentencing. Martin Coe, the former director of Evolution Security Services NW, was found guilty following a two-day trial at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on 05 and 06 October.  The prosecution was brought by the Security Industry Authority (SIA). SIA investigators discovered that unlicensed security guards had worked for Coe on numerous occasions at Baines School in Poulton, the Wyre Light pub in Fleetwood, and at the Poulton Industrial ...
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Public rank security officers just ahead of Traffic Wardens
*Press Release* The current public perception of security officers seen as playing an ‘essential role’ in the United Kingdom, both prior and during the COVID-19 pandemic, is ranked only ‘slightly ahead of traffic wardens’, according to a recent survey. Perceptions of the security officer, carried out by YouGov on behalf of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the Security Institute (SyI) and the Security Commonwealth (SyCom), as part of the ‘Hidden Workforce’ campaign. The survey’s objective was to understand the current perception of security officers amongst ...
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