Action Needed Immediately

💜Ask for ANI (Action Needed Immediately)💜 Ask for ANI is a codeword scheme developed by the Home Office to provide a discreet way for victims of domestic abuse to signal that they need emergency help from the safety of their local pharmacy. When a victim uses the codeword or asks for help, the member of staff will ask the victim to accompany them to the consultation room. They will then check whether the victim is in danger and wants the police to be called. If so, the staff member will offer the use of a phone to dial 999 or make the call on the victim’s behalf. If the victim is not in an emergency situation, the staff member will support the victim to contact a national domestic abuse helpline or local support service. They may also contact the police via 101. Find our more at >> https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/domestic-abuse/

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Charitable Trust- Crisis Support

The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals’ Charitable Trust has set up a COVID-19 crisis fund to support security operatives and their families who have been adversely affected by the pandemic. Find out more and apply here: http://bit.ly/2NXO58w #SIAInfo

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Management Socially Distanced Level 5 Award in Crowd Science and Risk Analysis Catch Up

Security Scotland's Management Team joined colleagues for a Saturday morning socially distanced coffee and catch up to revisit progress on their ongoing Level 5 Award in Crowd Science and Risk Analysis. The cohort are thoroughly enjoying the course and are looking forward to the future when they will be able to apply their continuous professional development to assist with the safe return of live events. #SquareMetreGroup #KeepingPeopleSafe #SecurityScotland

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SIA Regional Network Lead

While our teams are working hard on the frontline our Management Team are also working closely alongside the Security Industry Authority to help drive and improve industry standards. Kerry Gibson, Security Scotland’s Compliance Manager is the SIA Regional Network Lead for Scotland. Chaired by four industry business leaders from SIA Approved Contractors across the UK, the Regional Networks are a recent SIA initiative to reinforce and improve standards within the private security industry. Each regional network will host a quarterly community forum, in which those within the industry will be able to exchange views and ideas on specific industry topics. Launched last year the inaugural meetings covered ‘Sub-contracting within the private security industry’. All future topics have been created with the aim of improving industry collaboration. The first meeting of 2021 discussed the nature in which security officers and security businesses operate within the industry, focusing primarily on understanding the causes of workforce shortages. You can

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Run Hide Tell

The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) has lowered the UK terrorism threat level from SEVERE (an attack is highly likely) to SUBSTANTIAL (an attack is likely). People should be alert but not alarmed & report concerns to the police. New and detailed guidance is now available providing details of the simple measures that can be taken to minimise the impact of an attack and help save lives. This builds on the principles of RUN, HIDE, TELL published by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office.

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UKCMA

Security Scotland are proud members of The United Kingdom Crowd Management Association (UKCMA). The UKCMA represents the highest professional performers within the crowd management sector, discusses progressive views and engages similar minded associations. The UKCMA members offer a voice to the tens of thousands of security and crowd professionals engaged within the events industry. Chris Callaghan, our Operations Director sits on the Strategy Group which meets three times a year and provides a forum for all members to address the emerging challenges facing the industry. The Association is consulted by a range of sector associations and organisations including the Security Industry Authority, ACS Standards and Strategy Group, The Events Industry Forum, the revision of The Purple Guide, One Industry One Voice, Event Safety Alliance, Football Safety Officers Association, Police and Security Working Group, Home Office SIA Transition Consultation Group, and endeavours to engage with all strands of the sector. Most importantly it has a significant impact

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Changes to the training you need for an SIA licence

Changes to the training you need for an SIA licence. The Security Industry Authority are making some changes to the training you need to take before you can get a front-line SIA licence. These changes will happen in April and October 2021. The changes are: on 1 April 2021, they will introduce updated qualifications for all sectors except Close Protection. from 1 April 2021, you must have a first aid qualification before you can apply for a Door Supervisor or Security Guard licence. on 1 October 2021, they will introduce updated Close Protection qualifications. from 1 October 2021, you must have one of the new qualifications or take top-up training before you can apply for a Door Supervisor and Security Guard licence – this includes renewals. Why the SIA are changing the qualifications. The private security industry is increasingly recognised as providing an important role in the protection of the public.  This recognition brings scrutiny,

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Botanics

For the last 6 weeks, our Events Division have been deployed throughout December / January at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh for Christmas at the Botanics. Our customer safety team welcomed over 2,000 members of the public each night providing site information, directional & safety advice as well as reiterating the physical distancing message to all guests on site ensuring their safety.  The Event Manager commented “It was a privilege to work alongside your Management, Supervisors and all your team. Their professionalism, support, and level of service was instrumental in helping keep the event open in the midst of the uncharted territory of a global pandemic.  A massive thank you to all our team for carrying out their duties through every type of adverse weather condition, with a smile.

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Stay Safe and Health

Ensure you and are family stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak by:  Hand washing  👏 Safe social distancing 🧍‍♀️⎻🧍‍♂️ Wearing a mask 😷 Staying at home 🏡 Seeking medical advice if you feel unwell 👩‍⚕️

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