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PROTECT DUTY

Delivering the requirements of the Protect Duty legislation will require specialist training. Security expert Lee Doddridge looks at the legal aspects affecting both sides - those responsible for Publicly Accessible Locations and the security consultants involved in the Act’s eventual delivery.

GETTING READY - A QUESTION OF TRAINING I f premises have the capacity for 100 members of the public, or an office building has 250 staff or more, then it will be classed as a Publicly Accessible Location (PAL) under the new Protect Duty legislation and as such, responsible persons will be required to take action. The Protect Duty will place all the liability and burden of security on the venue and senior board members, seating security at the organisational ‘top table’ along with sales, HR and diversity. The Home Office estimates the new act will affect over 650,000 locations in the UK. Most pubs, churches, restaurants, conference centres, schools, even beaches, could be categorised as a PAL. Each PAL will be required to undertake a terrorism risk assessment, write, implement and test terrorism response plans, undertake staff training and conduct regular security reviews. At present, it is unclear if the business owner or someone within the business can complete these requirements or whether a qualified security consultant will have to undertake these, or at least audit what has been done. QUALIFICATIONS The Home Office, Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and

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the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) have yet to publish what qualifications will be required in order to be designated as a security consultant, but those who are qualified are likely to be issued with a licence to work under the new Protect Duty in the same way that gas engineer has to be registered as a ‘Gas Safe Engineer’. This would completely change the position of security consultants working within the sphere of the Protect Duty. In a way, there are similarities to when the SIA Act reformed man guarding and professionalised the industry. Until now, anyone could (and many do) call themselves a ‘Security Consultant’ based upon previous experience, which is predominantly former military or policing backgrounds. However, a former Captain or Brigadier, or Chief Superintendent or Chief Constable, is not a qualification that will allow a person to be a licensed security consultant under the Duty. The Protect Duty will change this. The military has no integrated physical security roles that enable counter terrorism protective security to be delivered. Even the SAS and SBS send personnel to NaCTSO and CPNI to attend training courses, but not the full training program and not qualified CT protective security.