More than 100 premises and close to 200 licences in Northern Ireland have been checked as part of a province-wide operation to ensure all door staff are properly trained and licensed.
Operation Noomin – a special operation between the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and Crimestoppers – ran during August 17th-20th and August 24th-27th.
The aim of the special operation over the two weekends was to focus on engagement with door staff in licensed premises to ensure all door staff are SIA licensed.
Detective Superintendent Bobby Singleton said: “This has been a really positive operation, which had the central aim of ensuring the public are safeguarded, and can benefit from trained and qualified door staff SIA licensed. I want to thank all door staff who engaged with us as part of Operation Noomin. Officers have been welcomed by door staff in the premises they have been inspecting throughout local towns and cities , which has undoubtedly enhanced good community working.
“Officers engaged with door staff in premises in towns and cities across Northern Ireland, checking at least 118 premises and 194 licences, which illustrates our dedication and commitment to keeping people safe. In one instance, officers checked 32 door staff at one location alone.
“In Newry and Mourne, our officers detected 20 underage drinkers in a local bar. In this instance, the licensee has been cautioned for allowing minors on licensed premises and the parents of the young people spoken to.”
There were four detections for Engaging in Licensable Activity without a Valid Licence contrary to Section 3 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. One person has received an SIA warning. The other three are being reported to the PPS.
Detective Superintendent Bobby Singleton warned: “While Operation Noomin was specifically conducted over two August weekends, we will continue to conduct random checks.
“Offenders who are caught will be dealt with robustly by the PSNI and the Public Prosecution Service. If convicted, offenders can receive up to six months imprisonment and a £5,000 fine.”
A Security Industry Authority spokesperson said: “Door supervisors play an important role in supporting the police in preventing violence in the night time economy and protecting venerable individuals, it stands to reason that by working more closely together public safety will be increased.
Door supervisors undergo significant training and vetting to ensure they are fit and proper to undertake their jobs safely and professionally. During this operation 3 individuals were found to be working unlicensed, the SIA are committed to working in partnership with the Police Service of Northern Ireland on violence prevention initiatives and will continue to test compliance with the Private Security Industry Act 2001 across the towns and cities of Northern Ireland”.
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