Security Scotland staff recently attended our first Deaf Awareness session delivered by the British Sign Language to help staff interact with Deaf people while on shift at events, retail outlets & licensed premises.
Within the security industry, our people interact with members of the public on a daily basis and may also have to deal with incidents around both public safety such as a terror attack, fire or bomb warning, so this was a very worthwhile awareness session.
The training was delivered by a Culturally Deaf Teacher using British Sign Language (BSL) which included an Interpreter for the duration of the training.
The staff were taught signs for security & stewarding, how to direct a Deaf person to different areas, toilets, first aid, fire & evacuation points etc. The session also incorporated some basic first-aid signs such as “have you taken drugs” / “where does it hurt” / lie still the ambulance is coming” etc.
The feedback from all our staff who attended the session was excellent.
Security Scotland management, supervision & fire stewards attended a Pyrotechnics Awareness session at Fir Park ahead of the recent Motherwell v Livingston fixture. The course content included a demonstration on understanding the different types of pyrotechnic article, their hazards, handling techniques, health issues, search techniques and disposal. The session also included representation from by Police Scotland & SPFL Delegates.
The Home Office has released its Triennial Review Security Industry Authority. The review considered the relevance of both the regulatory regime and the regulator. The review evaluates SIA performance against the purpose of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, which sought to offer protection to the public, and professionalise the private security industry.
The SIA’s purpose is to regulate the private security industry, to reduce criminality, to raise standards, and to recognise quality service. It currently has three main functions: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; compliance checks; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor 5 Scheme (ACS), which measures private security suppliers against independently assessed criteria. These functions taken together are intended to fulfil an important role in reducing risk of harm to the public, and damage to, or loss of, property and possessions.
The SIA regulates over 300,000 individuals in the private security industry and issues over 100,000 licences per annum. This is administered by an organisation of around 200 staff at an annual cost of approximately £26m.
The SIA regulates a number of distinct sectors or sub-sectors of the private security industry, including close protection, public space surveillance (CCTV) and cash and valuables in transit. The largest regulated workforce is nightclub door supervisors. The SIA works alongside police forces to tackle organised crime in the industry and also work closely with HMRC to ensure tax compliance.
There are 12 recommendations to lead to both better and less regulation. Ranging from continuous regulation, performance and standard improvement and move towards greater public protection.
The National Counter Terrorism Security Office in partnership with St. John’s Ambulance have released First Aid advice for during a terrorist incident.
An NCPP spokesman said:
Our advice, wherever possible, is to follow the Run Hide Tell guidance until the police arrive on the scene. However, if someone is in immediate danger and their life is being threatened we would never criticise their actions if instinct takes over and they feel the need to fight back, or step in to try and assist an injured person.
When we launched ACT for Youth in 2017, a special lesson plan was included to try and teach children basic first aid techniques which could be used to treat injured people whilst hiding during an attack. ACT for Youth was a ground-breaking collaboration between Counter Terrorism Policing, the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO), the PSHE Association and St John Ambulance to provide age-appropriate terrorism safety advice to 11-16-year-olds.
We have since worked with St John Ambulance to extend this first aid messaging to the wider public, and developed an online package now available on gov.uk/NaCTSO. The guidance is quite clear and outlines that supportive action should only be taken when or if you are safe. However, in the unlikely event of being caught up in a gun or knife terror attack the core advice will always remain the same: RUN, HIDE, TELL.
Our September Employee of the month is Polychronis Paissios.
Polychronis’ commitment to the company is second to none. Currently working across all sectors, Poly’s flexibility is one of his main traits. Able to respond to last minute requests and can easily adapt to a variety of different clients and venues Poly always maintains a positive outlook at work.
Well Done Poly!
Massive Well Done!!
Our McMillan Coffee Morning was a huge success.
Together we raised an amazing total of £150.00
Managing Director James Glackin said:
“What a great effort made by the Security Scotland Team. Thanks to everyone that baked and donated.”
In recognition of everyone’s effort the company is going to double the donations made.
The grand total to be donated to McMillan Cancer Support is £300.00.
Our August Employee of the month is Chris Thomson.
Chris is the head steward at a busy, late-night Glasgow licensed venue for one of our longstanding clients. He is consistent in providing strong leadership for his team resulting in continuous good service for his client. Facing the many challenges of the night time industry Chris remains calm and collected under pressure ensuring the enjoyment and safety of all who pass through the venue.
Well done Chris!
Today Security Scotland has staff deployed in various Scottish cities providing the security & crowd management for Apple product launches this morning.
We have staff deployed to both Glasgow stores, Edinburgh & Aberdeen for the launch of the new iPhone XR and iPhone XS (Max)
Our recruitment team are at the Clyde1 recruitment fair at the Royal Concert Hall tomorrow, if you are attending, make sure you drop by our stand and say hi.
You can apply for a role with Security Scotland here.
This is a topic that is discussed continuously within Stadium Safety Officer circles throughout the UK.
The outcome will be very interesting especially for ourselves who have been involved since 2016 deploying matchday stewards to look after the safety of the 2,600 Celtic supporters housed in this area since the safe standing area opened.
Celtic piloted safe standing at the start of the 2016-17 season in the corner section between the Lisbon Lions and North stands, to much success.
They are the first senior club in Britain to do so, which, since it’s introduction, has seen every Premiership and Championship club in England visit the stadium to look at this section.