Operation Bounce Visited Door Supervisors
South Wales Police has teamed up with the Security Industry Authority and carried out a full scale police operation inspecting the door supervisors in the area last night.
Officers visited a total of 223 licensed premises in South Wales and spoke to over 600 door supervisors. Only 31 of them were found working without a proper license and were reported to the authority for further investigation.
The operation was initiated after some concerns were raised regarding the conducts of a small number of door supervisors by members of the public and other partner agencies. And South Wales Police has used last weekend's operation to address these concerns.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Davies, from South Wales Police, said:
'This operation provided us a good opportunity to find out more about those working the doors of pubs and clubs in South Wales. We are very pleased to see that the majority of the door supervisors we visited were in compliance with the law and are glad that they have been working very hard with all other partners, including the police, to provide a safer environment to all the visitors.
'The minority who were found working at the doors illegally were dealt with immediately by officers and we have also made sure that the disruption to the licensed premises was kept to a minimum.
By law, door supervisors must obtain a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence to perform the duty of their current roles. If they do work without a licence they will be committing a criminal offence, punishable on conviction by a fine of up to Ã‚Â£5,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment or both.
Sue Sheath, SIA Head of Investigation Wales said:
"Once again I'd like to praise the efforts of South Wales Police in their consistent approach to ensuring compliance in their area. We know the licensing of door supervisors is having a direct impact on safety in the night time economy and reducing crime.
"The message is now clear in South Wales that working as a door supervisor without an SIA licence will not be tolerated."
The operation was carried out simultaneously throughout South Wales on Saturday night. More than 70 officers and SIA investigators visited pubs and clubs in Cardiff, Barry, Merthyr, Pontypridd, Bridgend, Neath, Port Talbot and Swansea.
In Bridgend, 27 licensed premises were visited by officers last night. 56 door supervisors were spoken to and only 5 were reported for working without a proper license.
Joe Ruddy, Divisional Commander of Bridgend division said,
" We are very fortunate in the Bridgend to have a generally good relationship with doorstaff across the county. With the increased professionalism that SIA accreditation has brought there is little doubt that this has contributed to the reductions we are currently seeing in violent crime associated with the night time economy. However there is no room for complacency and these joint operations send out a strong message to doorstaff and licensees that only the best will do".