Business Continuity Basics

The subject of business continuity has never been more to the forefront in Ireland and the UK than this week. The so called Beast from the East and storm Emma have combined to cost many millions in damage and possibly hundred of millions in lost revenue and income. For businesses big and small there will have been lessons learned and mistakes made. In this article I want to talk about some of those lessons not just from a business point of view but also from an individual employee point of view. We all have a part to play in keeping our businesses afloat and learning lessons will become more important as the reality of these extreme weather events become more commonplace.

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The Security industry is not the Olympics

Fair fights are for the Olympics not the security profession

This week is going to be a bit of a departure from normal. There are two things that I don’t usually do in these articles. The first is to go on a rant and the second is to comment on individual incidents. In this article I’m going to do both of those things. Over the weekend I have received a large volume of messages and emails and been tagged several times in a video about an incident of violence which has appeared on social media. The video I saw was on the timeline of Liam Tuffs a well known door supervisor and blogger from the UK. It shows two door supervisors being attacked by a group of people. They are being badly assaulted at the start but the tide turns and one of the door supervisors punches an assailant 3 times and leaves him semi conscious on the footpath.The video seems to have been taken down now from some sites but it was captioned with something like ‘this should get some interesting comments’ . Well it turns out Liam was spot on there. The comments were crazy and a combination of ‘the doorman was dead right and ‘he was a thug’. I won’t spend too much time on the video here but I do want to use this article to make two points about these types of incidents generally.

1. Sometimes in this industry we do need to use high levels of force to manage a situation. It never looks good, it’s never reputationally good but it is sometimes necessary (not necessarily the case here)

2. Often times the reason why that level of force has been necessary is because of failures in primary controls by the employer but the door supervisor is the person on camera who takes the hit on social media and public perception. Continue reading “The Security industry is not the Olympics”

A Christmas Reminder for the Security Industry

Look after each other

A little bit off topic this week but probably the most important message of all. There’s a chain message going around social media at the moment about recognising that Christmas can be a hard time for people and to make sure we ask people if they are ok. That’s what I want to talk about here. The responsibility that we have as an industry to look after others at this time of year and most importantly to look after ourselves and our colleagues.

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The Law and Arrest Part 2

Security Operatives Power of Arrest

Following on from the previous article on this subject I want to go a bit further into the topic of power of arrest. In the last article we covered some areas including the legality of arrest. The basis for arrest and some legislative areas. In this article I’m want to develop that a little. I want to talk in this article about the duty of care element of arrest, dealing with minors, and the use of force in effecting an arrest. There has been a huge amount of comments and questions from the first article and I’m going to do my best to make sure that they are all answered here as well. Lastly to say that this article was only ever meant to be an overview of the legal position of arrest and not a how to guide. Some of the feedback has been around more practical points of detection models etc. and I’ll cover that in a different article. Of course I need to finish with the usual disclaimer. I’m not a legal expert and dont claim to be a solicitor. I’m a security professional with a lot of years of experience and education in the sector and I spend a lot of my time researching teaching and testing this stuff in the real world. Don’t just take my word for this stuff. Go research it yourself.

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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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