The Law and Arrest Part 1

Security Operatives and Arrest

This weeks article is about the the technical subject of arrest. It’s a basic legal principle which both confuses and scares people on equal measure. While it should be an easy topic to explain it is also one which has to be taken very seriously. There are many very serious legal, safety and ethical issues to be considered when approaching the subject and all security operatives should take the time to make sure that they are fully aware of all of these issues. I’m going to do my best to summarise the subject here but as I have said before I’m not a solicitor and don’t claim to be. I am a person who have spent many hours researching the subject and testing that research in the real world. I’m by no means an expert and I implore you to do your own research and get legal advise after reading this. Don’t rely on me, anybody else or any company policy (many of which are legally flawed) to inform you. They can’t save you if it goes wrong. This is probably going to turn into a two part article as the subject is so important.

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Getting Work in the Security industry

Getting the “good”  jobs in the security industry

The security industry right now is in a strange position. There are more licences in circulation than there are security roles yet there is still a shortage of staff in the industry. The problem isn’t quantity for employers it’s quality. Hiring a person is easy, hiring the right person is something else entirely. We could argue all day long about employers paying low wages and poor conditions etc but let’s face it moaning about it on here isn’t going to change that. It also brushes over the fact that there are good employers both in-house and contract out there who do treat employees well and have great teams working for them. This article not about employers though. It’s about employees and how you can go about getting “good” work in the industry. I’ve been on both sides of that equation so here’s my views on the subjec

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Leadership in the security industry

The lost skills of leadership and ownership

Recently I was lucky enough to be asked to speak on the Tao of the Velvet Rope podcast from the United States. For those of you not familiar with the show it’s a podcast dedicated to the door security industry and is ran by a man called Miguel DeCoste. If you aren’t familiar with Mr. DeCoste’s work I recommend you check out his website here.  The interview ended up filling 2 episodes of the podcast and we got the chance to really dig into the industry both here and in the United States. If I’m honest it could have gone on for another 2-3 hours easily (I’m hard to shut up once I start talking about the industry). One of the topics we covered in the second episode was leadership and ownership in the security industry and that is what I would like to talk about here.

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Security Notebooks: A data goldmine

Security Operatives notebook as a privacy risk

This week is a bit of an eye opener for many people. For decades security operatives have carried and used notebooks as a staple part of their equipment. I myself still use one and strongly believe in them as an excellent tool. In fact I published a blog and short video on the subject recently. However we must also recognise that times change and we need to be constantly adapting to ensure we are complying with not only new legislation but the demands society place on us as service providers. Data and privacy are now the most valuable commodity that people possess and one which security operatives must guard for the public with as much care as they would products, property or persons in their care. Recently I wrote to the data protection commissioner with a number of queries about the data we collect in our notebooks. The answers are detailed below and throw up some serious questions for security operatives and for employers. It doesn’t mean the end of the security notebook but it does mean we need some more security around the data we collect in them.

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