G3 Security will be publishing news updates every two quarters per year to keep you informed about the most important updates of the industry.
Following the Arms Length Body (ALB) review that was carried out in 2010, the Government announced its plans to abolish Security Industry Authority (SIA) in its current form and to focus on business licensing supported by individual registration. For the same, it announced a public consultation period between November 20, 2012 – January 15, 2013. The legislation is expected to pass in October 2013.
On February 04, 2013 SIA announced new rules for door supervisor training. Under these, door supervisors who are going to renew their SIA licence will need to take additional training and will gain a Level 2 Award for Up-skilling Door Supervisors qualification. It means that door supervisors in addition to physical intervention training, will have to show awareness of terrorist threats, knowledge of first aid and also of dealing with children and younger people.
In March this year, the SIA announced the launch of its online e-Renewals service for security companies. It will allow security businesses to renew licences on behalf of their staff (with their permission) to ensure that all their employees remain licensed.
On March 26, a Security News Desk report stated that every one in five UK councils are cutting down on the number of CCTV cameras that are deployed.
The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has announced an update for the CCTV user logbook on April 23, 2013. This update is aimed at end-users of CCTV surveillance systems and reflects current industry practices.
The first phase of Operation Condor, aimed at combating illegal activity in the night time economy across London, was conducted on April 26, 2013. In this operation conducted by the Metropolitan Police and supported by SIA, 58 door supervisors were checked and 57 were found to be working legally with all the necessary licences.
Security News Desk reported in May that the Scottish capital Glasgow is going to have £24 million worth of ‘Super Intelligent’ CCTV cameras. The 400+ security cameras would be funded as part of the Future Cities Demonstrator prize, which Glasgow won in a UK-wide competition by the Technology Strategy Board earlier this year.
Earlier this month in June, the Home Office has released a new Code of Practice for CCTV usage. The document can be found here.
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