Door staff complying with law
Dated: 17 Apr 2007
NORTHUMBRIA POLICE carried out almost 100 checks on door staff in Sunderland as part of a multi-agency operation cracking down on staff operating without a licence and found the majority were complying with the law.
All premises employing door staff and door supervisors themselves are controlled by law under the Security Industry Authority (SIA) Act. The Act means all 'front-line' door staff must have and display a valid SIA Door Supervisor licence.
On Friday, April 13, police, along with local authority enforcement officers, the Department of Work and Pensions and officers from the SIA checked 97 door staff at 39 premises in the city centre.
The checks of pubs and clubs were to ensure door supervisors were licenced by the SIA and were displaying their SIA licences. Of the door staff checked three were given a warning notice for not displaying their licence, two licences were reported as missing, which was later confirmed, and a photocopy of one was supplied.
Chief Inspector Paul Orchard, of Sunderland Area Command, said: " It is encouraging that of the door supervisors checked only a very small minority were not displaying their licence badges. We work very closely with local bars, pubs and nightclubs in Sunderland City Centre, as well as the local authority and SIA to ensure that the many people who visit and work in the centre at night can do so safely and without threat of crime and disorder.
" We will continue to work together with other agencies in order to make sure the Security Industry Authority Act is being complied with by local premises and that Sunderland is a safe place to live work and visit."
Lucia Howland, SIA head of investigation, said: " Sunderland enjoys a vibrant night time economy with a rich mix of pubs and clubs and SIA licensed door supervisors at nightspots have a positive impact in reducing alcohol-related violence and disorder and creating a safe environment for revellers.
" I am very pleased with the outcome of Friday’s operation. All of the door staff checked held valid SIA Door Supervisor licences and that demonstrates to the police and public that the door staff are professionals who are trained, qualified and fit for their role."