Fraser Sampson Appointed as New Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner

Fraser Sampson Appointed as New Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner

The Home Secretary has appointed Fraser Sampson as the Government’s new independent Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner – replacing the two part-time posts of the Biometrics Commissioner and Surveillance Camera Commissioner.

The recruitment campaign was conducted in line with the Governance Code for Public Appointments. The statutory responsibilities and duties for both roles will remain the same.

Fraser Sampson, who took up his post on March 1, will promote compliance with the Surveillance Camera Code and rules on police use of DNA and fingerprints.

The Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “I am pleased to appoint Fraser Sampson as the new Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner.

“It is vital the Government works to empower Police to use technology to keep the public safe, while maintaining their trust, and Fraser Sampson’s extensive experience in law and policing makes him the right person to take up this role.”

Fraser added: “I’m delighted to have been appointed to cover these two distinct, but increasingly overlapping, roles. I look forward to working with all partners, in what is a fast-moving and challenging area of balancing the public interest considerations with the rights of individuals.”

Fraser was formerly an Honorary professor and research fellow at Sheffield Hallam University and he is also a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.

Between 2016 and 2019, he was chief executive of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner in North Yorkshire. Between 2006 and 2019, he was the chief executive and general counsel for the Police & Crime Commissioner in West Yorkshire and the executive director of the Civil Nuclear Police Authority.

He has also previously worked as a Police officer for West Yorkshire Police and the British Transport Police between 1982 and 1996.

The Biometrics Commissioner and Surveillance Camera Commissioner roles were established by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, which introduced the regime to govern the retention and use by the Police of DNA samples, profiles and fingerprints, and to promote appropriate overt use of surveillance camera systems by relevant authorities in England and Wales.

Posted: 10/03/2021 more >

SSAIB Firms Urged to Get 2021 IFSEC Global Influencers Nominations in

SSAIB Firms Urged to Get 2021 IFSEC Global Influencers Nominations in

With nominations set to close in early April, there is less than a month to go, SSAIB firms should act fast to get their nominations in for this year’s IFSEC Global Influencers in Security & Fire awards!

The awards continue to go from strength to strength – as they aim to recognise the talent and efforts of some of the leading individuals in the security and fire safety sectors.

Nominations will remain open until April 1, 2021 and will be compiled alongside the judge nominations after this date. The judging panel is once again made up of highly respected security and fire safety professionals, spanning several regions from the UK and Europe, to Africa, Asia and North and South America.

Make your nomination here!

Categories for the 2021 IFSEC Global influencers are:

- Security executives (the senior most official in an enterprise, whose primary duties encompass leading and managing security for the enterprise)

- Security – end users (e.g. heads of security, managers of security teams)

- Security – manufacturers/vendors/installers/integrators (those displaying exemplary work in the field of installation or specific projects, as well as technological innovation)

- Security – thought leadership (e.g. association figures, academics)

- Security – One to watch (Specifically for championing the sector’s rising stars, nominees should have worked in the industry for no longer than five years)

- Cyber security professionals and thought leaders

- Fire – all disciplines (UK only)

How Does IFSEC Global Define Influential?

This could be anyone:

- Who has played a key role in driving technological innovation

- Who has been a driving force in changing regulation, standards/guidance or best practice in their location/market

- Someone whose insights/opinions are widely respected and which are influential in shaping debate around industry issues

- Someone who has been instrumental in the success of the organisation or business they lead or are employed by

- Someone who has helped to raise the industry’s profile or been an influential voice in the national media

Nominations are welcomed from all aspects of the industry, and it is important to highlight why you believe the nominee to be influential, by describing some of the recent work they have carried out in the sector. The competition is fierce!

To find out more about the awards and check out this year’s judging panel, click here.

Follow this link to make your nomination.

Posted: 03/03/2021 more >

SSAIB Listed Among 2021 ACS Pacesetters Security Officer of Distinction Awards Sponsors

SSAIB Listed Among 2021 ACS Pacesetters Security Officer of Distinction Awards Sponsors

SSAIB are proud to have been named as one of the sponsors for this year’s ACS Pacesetters Security Officer of Distinction Awards.

The 2021 ceremony will take place on June 16, 2021 and SSAIB are one of six sponsors announced for the awards, which will be the seventh occasion that the exceptional actions of on-duty front-line security staff have been celebrated.

Along with the other five sponsors – Centralus, First Response Group Ltd, Orka Works, Security & Vetting Solutions Ltd and Tracktik – SSAIB will also put their name to two Security Officer of Distinction Awards, which will be handed out to officers who have gone above and beyond for both their employer and the client to whom they are contracted.

SSAIB chief executive Alex Carmichael commented: “We are thrilled to be able to throw our support behind the 2021 ACS Pacesetters Security Officer of Distinction Awards.

“With SSAIB being one of the UKAS-accredited certification bodies that offers the SIA’s Approved Contractors Scheme (ACS), we see first-hand the outstanding work that security services personnel do on a day-to-day basis and it is great that an awards event such as this exists – in order to give them industry recognition and reward them for their exceptional efforts.”

Nominations for the 2021 ACS Pacesetters Awards can be made up until the closing date of March 26, 2021 and a copy of the nomination form can be downloaded from the ACS Pacesetters’ website.

Posted: 02/03/2021 more >

IFSEC International Announces Plans for 2021 and New Dates for in-Person Event

IFSEC International Announces Plans for 2021 and New Dates for in-Person Event

IFSEC International, the largest gathering of security professionals, has announced it will now take place from July 12-14, 2021 at ExCeL, London and will be run in line with the industry recognised and Government-approved AllSecure standard, to ensure attendee safety.

Informa Markets group director Chris Edwards stated: “The safety and wellbeing of our attendees and exhibitors is our foremost priority. That's why we've moved the date to summer 2021 and will be looking to operate under the highest possible level of health and safety standards, which Informa AllSecure enables us to do.”

AllSecure was piloted in September 2020 and approved by the UK Government on November 19, 2020 as a model for running large events safely. It involves several health and safety measures, including deep cleaning, social distancing on-site, staggered arrival times and PPE, such as face masks.

In addition, IFSEC International - for which SSAIB are the official installer partner -has also announced plans for a variety of online events, set to take place in June 2021.

Chris added: “While 2020 had its challenges for in-person events, IFSEC International was able to innovate and bring the industry together remotely via online platforms and we're looking to further build on that success in 2021.”

IFSEC International’s online experiences will provide opportunities for audiences to organise live video calls with exhibitors, browse solution providers and products – via an online marketplace – while some of the very latest in tech innovation, industry best practice and thought leadership will be showcased.

To register your interest and find out more, please visit

Posted: 03/02/2021 more >

Tavcom Training Launches Their First Virtual Classroom Courses

Tavcom Training Launches Their First Virtual Classroom Courses

Tavcom Training is launching the first in a series of virtual classroom training courses to its classroom training portfolio, starting with two fundamental courses: Intruder Alarm System Design BTEC Level 3 and CCTV System Design and Planning BTEC Level 3.

Delivered via Zoom through online interactive lectures and workshops - and guided by the same expert instructors as the classroom courses - learners will have the chance to gain an accredited certification in a live environment, without having to travel.

Andrew Saywell, business development manager for Tavcom Training stated: ‘We understand a lot of our learners come to us for the high standard or training we deliver here at Tavcom, and we wanted to find a way to provide that high standard of classroom learning to the many who can’t travel.

"Our new virtual classroom courses are a crucial solution to this. Delivered by and in partnership with our lead tutors, they are fully interactive and designed to provide professionals with the necessary skills required to carry out the key elements of their job role.

"The launch of our accredited virtual training courses is just one in a series of latest developments that we are implementing in order to increase the accessibility of Tavcom Training courses to learners globally. Now, more than ever, it is easier to gain a worldwide recognised qualification."

Not only will learners interact with the class and ask questions as they would in a classroom, but they can expect to receive all the typical benefits of traditional face-to-face training - including full tutor support, training resources and protected soft copies of the learning material distributed prior to course commencement.

Intruder Alarm System Design BTEC Level 3 is the first course in the portfolio to be delivered virtually. It is an essential course for technical specifiers, sales engineers and consultants who wish to work lawfully within the new legislative guidelines and to determine the risk assessment of each installation.

Learners on the course will be taught the skills required to carry out risk assessments and surveys in accordance with current British and European standards, in combination with design and planning exercises that will introduce all the necessary new grading requirements.

Intruder Alarm System Design is scheduled to take place virtually between February 15-17, 2021 and will cover the following core topics:

Posted: 02/02/2021 more >