Surveillance Camera Commissioner Launches Online Toolbox

Surveillance Camera Commissioner Launches Online Toolbox

Tony Porter, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner (SCC), has launched his online toolbox – a collection of resources to help organisations comply with the surveillance camera code of practice and follow good practice and legal requirements.

The toolbox comprises 4 tools:

The buyers’ toolkit, developed in conjunction with the British Security Industry Association and Alastair Thomas of, is for small and medium enterprises that are thinking about using surveillance cameras, yet as non-experts want to identify the best solution before they proceed and invest their time and money in a system. Following the guidance in the buyers’ toolkit will help people make informed decisions about whether surveillance can be justified as a solution to their problems. If surveillance cameras are necessary, then the toolkit is full of advice and tips on how to get the best out of your prospective suppliers.

The passport to compliance is aimed at large public-space surveillance camera systems, such as town centre schemes operated by local authorities. It will take you through the necessary stages when planning, implementing and operating a surveillance camera system to ensure it complies with the surveillance camera code of practice. It should be completed for new systems, for upgrades of systems if it significantly alters or enhances the views obtained, when additional cameras are added to a system and/or when existing systems are extended.

The self-assessment tool will help you and your organisation identify if you’re complying with the principles in the surveillance camera code of practice. The four self assessment tools which were previously available – for ANPR, CCTV, body worn video and drones – have now been condensed into one tool.

The surveillance camera specific data protection impact assessment (DPIA) template with associated guidance notes has been developed in partnership with the Information Commissioner’s Office and replaces the Privacy Impact Assessment advice which was previously available on the SCC website. It reflects updated data protection requirements set out in the Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Speaking to the official Government website, Tony Porter said: "I have a statutory remit to encourage compliance with the surveillance camera code of practice and to provide advice about it. To do this, I have worked with a range of organisations to develop various guidance notes, tools and templates which are now available on my website.

"These tools will help your organisation comply with the code and its 12 guiding principles, which - if followed - will ensure that surveillance camera systems are only operated proportionately, transparently and effectively.

"I am grateful to Alastair Thomas, BSIA and the ICO for all their efforts in developing this toolbox."

Posted: 19/11/2018 more >

SSAIB Phone Issues Statement

SSAIB are aware that some phone calls to our head office aren't coming through this morning.

We're currently looking into the issue and hope to have it resolved as quick as possible.

For urgent enquiries, please email

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Posted: 14/11/2018 more >

Assessor John Bonney Bolsters SSAIB Manned Services Team

Assessor John Bonney Bolsters SSAIB Manned Services Team

John Bonney has joined SSAIB as an assessor for manned services  – after new scheme manager Dougie Callander moved quickly to strengthen his auditing team.

He arrives within the company having worked within the public sector for the past 20 years. The 39-year-old brings with him an extensive knowledge of the security industry regarding manned guarding, key holding and alarm response, alarm receiving centre software and remote black screen CCTV monitoring – after holding the positions of control room manager, assistant contracts manager and operations co-ordinator during his career so far.

John - who is NEBOSH-qualified and is a technical member of IOSH - has also worked within the private security industry and has experience of CCTV and intruder alarm systems.

And SSAIB's newest auditor couldn't contain his delight at joining the leading certification body for organisations providing security systems and services, fire detection and alarm systems and manned services.

John revealed: “Having met the SSAIB through my previous employment, I was quick to apply for the vacant position of manned services assessor when it  became available and I’m delighted to have been given this opportunity.

“I’m looking forward to the challenges that this new chapter in my working career will provide and I feel that I can bring an additional range of skills to the already dynamic team that Dougie has at his disposal.”

Posted: 26/10/2018 more >

Tavcom Training and Banham Academy offer BTEC Level 3 Training Pathway to Trailblazer Apprentices

Tavcom Training and Banham Academy offer BTEC Level 3 Training Pathway to Trailblazer Apprentices

Tavcom Training have partnered with Banham Academy to provide a professional training pathway for apprentices on the new trailblazer scheme.

The trailblazer apprenticeship standard for the fire, security and emergency systems industry is approved by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Now, Banham Academy and Tavcom Training are going further with the inclusion of professional qualifications that will benefit apprentices and the wider security industry.

The BTEC Level 3 courses developed by Tavcom Training delivers comprehensive security training during the three-year apprenticeship, through a combination of online and classroom teaching, practical exercises, assessments and exams.

Paul Tennent CTSP, executive director at Tavcom Training, stated: “Working in partnership with Banham Academy, we are ensuring apprentices gain an essential understanding of theory combined with practical industry experience to kick-start their careers. Meanwhile, the security industry benefits from a steady stream of fully trained and qualified engineers at the end of the process.”

The first cohort of Banham Academy trailblazer apprentices has already embarked on the BTEC Level 3 training pathway.

Kevin Faulkner, Banham Academy Operations Director, explained: "We are delighted to be working alongside Tavcom Training to ensure quality materials and practices are available to support the delivery of our apprenticeships.

“Achieving the Tavcom qualifications is a great way to measure the progress of our learners and the accreditation provided motivates them on the pathway to completing their apprenticeship."

Paul Tennent added: “We are proud to be supporting young engineers and helping to bring new, fully-qualified talent to the sector. We also believe it’s vital that, ultimately, all trailblazer participants have a level playing field to compete on.

“Our aim is to raise standards in general across the scheme.”

To find out more about the Banham Academy trailblazer apprenticeship scheme, visit Alternatively, for further details on Tavcom Training - and their range of courses - visit, telephone +44 (0)1489 895 099 or email

Posted: 22/10/2018 more >

SSAIB Firms Reminded of Final Call for OSPAs 2019 Nomination

SSAIB Firms Reminded of Final Call for OSPAs 2019 Nomination

 SSAIB firms are reminded that entry to the 2019 UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) will close at midnight on Monday October 15, 2018.

Entering the OSPAs is free and easy and done entirely online, so there is still time to nominate you chosen individual(s) for an award!

With 16 categories to choose from the awards provide the opportunity to acknowledge people, products and services from right across the security spectrum who have made a significant contribution to the industry.

Finalists will be announced at International Security Expo 2018 (ISE) and winners will be revealed on Thursday, 28th February 2019 at an evening awards dinner and ceremony to be held at the Royal Lancaster London.

The judging process is rigorous and robust and only those reaching a high score threshold will be chosen as finalists.  The esteemed panel of judges - including SSAIB's very own chief executive Alex Carmichael - have been nominated by the many leading security associations and bodies and all signup to an ethics policy, declaring any conflict of interest; and if a category is not competitively supported an award will not be made – ensuring only the very best are selected.

Click here to view the complete list of award categories and criteria.


Posted: 11/10/2018 more >