Praise for security workers as they pass spot checks

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SECURITY workers including bouncers and clampers have been praised for complying with licensing requirements following spot checks.

Investigators from the Security Industry Authority (SIA) carried out the checks across Portsmouth in a day of action.

They checked 11 security industry workers including bouncers, security guards and wheel clampers at sites across the city.

The SIA has not revealed the names of the venues checked for operational reasons.

But they say sites visited included supermarkets, railway stations, museums, ports, casinos, nightclubs, universities, newspaper printing locations, bowling centres and building sites.

Conditions of the SIA licence mean holders must display it where it can be seen at all times when carrying out licensable activities – unless it has been reported lost or stolen.

The maximum penalty for failing to display a valid licence is six months in jail and a fine of up to £5,000.

But investigators found no offences as all of the individuals questioned were displaying a valid SIA licence.

Darren Woodhouse, head of investigation at the SIA, said: ‘This was an excellent result.

‘It was encouraging to see all of the operatives checked displaying a valid licence.

‘Members of the public seeing licensed security staff can be reassured that they have undergone training and checks to ensure that they are fit and proper to hold a licence and work in these important and public-facing roles.’

Sergeant Wayne Fewings from the Eastern area licensing team said: ‘We’re pleased with these results.

‘It demonstrates the success of the close working relationship we have built up with security operatives working in Portsmouth.

‘We play a key role, alongside our partners, in supporting door staff teams through regular briefings and mutual assistance.’

Crime manager for the Portsmouth Business Crime Reduction Partnership Neeta Dhorajia said: ‘We run fortnightly door staff briefings where they can discuss issues, concerns, developments.

‘The door staff have a stake in deciding which persistent offenders are banned from certain areas and what to do with these people.

‘The biggest part of the briefings is ensuring the security of door staff, businesses and the public.

‘They work really well together and we give them the security standards to go by.’