SOCA Ventures Into Night Time Economy

Posted: October 14, 2011 in Uncategorized
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The Serious Organised Crime Agency has been helping to deliver a grievous blow against criminals looking to make a living within the pub and club industry.

The organisation has been working alongside the Security Industry Authority and police forces to target door staff falling short of expectations.

During the first week-long investigation in Bristol, a series of night-time inspections were carried out – closely followed by visits to venue owners, security companies and their staff.

SOCA Ventures Into Night Time Economy
 And Andy Baker, SOCA Deputy Director, was delighted at the results, which netted a number of door supervisors for failing to disclose criminal convictions.

Mr Baker said: “The pub and club scene is a very attractive market for organised criminals, particularly those looking to direct the supply of drugs.

“We know that criminal groups actively seek out opportunities to control the security around venues. This is why SOCA and its partners have been working with the ones servicing Bristol’s vibrant nightlife and the firms that provide security staff.

“This is not about penalising those who are coming up short. It’s about closing off criminal opportunities before they can be exploited. We want to send the message that using properly licensed staff helps prevent criminals from infiltrating the security industry, creates a safer environment for the public to enjoy themselves and is good for legitimate business.”

Mr Baker said 45 door supervisors checked were found to be breaking licence conditions. Of these, three of these had failed to notify the SIA of criminal convictions, which can result in revocation of a licence and prosecution.

He added: “We have gained useful intelligence on criminal activity from both the security industry and the public during this exercise. The work does not stop here and we are now looking at carrying out similar operations in other major cities.”

Dave Humphries, SIA Director of Compliance, Intelligence and Communication, said: “These results show some door staff underestimate the seriousness of breaching licence conditions. This is a criminal offence.” – Tue, 04 October 2011Courtesy of: CLIFF CASWELL – POLICE ORACLE

Are you using SOCA in part of your novel?  If so, do you know what their remit is, what they will and won’t deal with.  The above is an example what they were not set up do deal with (such a low-level crime in their early day’s eyes).  Now that they are about to be disbanded, are they looking to make themselves a better image and reputation or is this the area the new National Crime Agency will be moving into?

  1. Kevin Robinson is a mine of information for crime writers


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