SSAIB Celebrate 25 Years of Certification Excellence with Series of Celebrations

SSAIB Celebrate 25 Years of Certification Excellence with Series of Celebrations

SSAIB are honouring 25 years of excellence with a series of celebrations throughout 2019.

Formed in 1994, the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) has continuingly sought to maintain the highest of standards and are proud to have reached such an historic landmark as the leading certification body for organisations providing security systems and services, fire detection and alarm systems, telecare systems and services, manned security services and monitoring services.

As well as unveiling a special SSAIB logo to commemorate reaching the landmark 25-year milestone, various special events will be held throughout what is set to be a massive year for the organisation.

After enjoying a hugely successful IFSEC 2018 thanks to their exclusive SSAIB Ice Bar, the technical inspectorate will once again be returning to the ExCel in London with another bar for this year’s showpiece security exhibition. The SSAIB Lounge will be welcoming anyone and everyone attending IFSEC 2019 – held between June 18-20 – to join in with the SSAIB 25 celebrations.

The SSAIB Lounge will also play host to the unveiling of this year’s Women in Security Awards on the second day of IFSEC 2019 – as SSAIB have been named as the host of this year’s event that recognises the achievements of females working within the security sector.

Taking place on Thursday September 12 aboard the Dixie Queen riverboat in London, the WiS dinner/dance cruise along the River Thames will also act as the main birthday party celebration for SSAIB 25.

That maritime theme will also be prevalent earlier in the year as well – as a small function for SSAIB staff will see head office, auditors and board members take in a boat trip along the River Tyne in May, finishing with some commemorative SSAIB 25 photos on Newcastle Quayside.

Sales and marketing manager Andrew Brown – who is almost an ever-present at SSAIB, having worked for the organisation for the last 22 years – has been responsible for the planning of SSAIB 25 and he is delighted with the final outcome.

Andrew commented: “SSAIB have always prided ourselves on being a helpful, friendly certification body that still maintains professional standards and it’s great that we’ve been able to achieve that for 25 years now. We set out believing in installers being able to have a choice of inspectorates and that ethos has allowed us to establish SSAIB in a field where others have tried and failed.

“Having worked at the organisation since 1997, it’s been fantastic to see SSAIB grow into the fantastic success that it is today. Therefore, it’s only right that we reflect on the achievements we’ve had so far and celebrate reaching a quarter of a century of certification.

“The SSAIB Ice Bar was a runaway success at IFSEC last year - despite us going into the event uncertain about exactly how it would go for us, to be honest – so it made sense to return this year with the SSAIB Lounge. Being able to tie that in with the launch of the Women in Security Awards is great as well, what with that event being a joint celebration for SSAIB 25.

“We’ve also unveiled the new SSAIB 25 logo for 2019, which will also be added to a number of commemorative items of merchandise that we will be handing out at all of our exhibition appearances over the next 12 months.

“All in all, I’m sure it’s going to be an exciting year for SSAIB and a fitting tribute to what has been a fantastic achievement for all involved over the last 25 years.”

Posted: 10/01/2019 more >

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 >

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 Appoint Dougie Callander as New Manned Services Scheme Manager

SSAIB Appoint Dougie Callander as New Manned Services Scheme Manager

SSAIB have named Dougie Callander as the new scheme manager for manned services – after predecessor David Taylor made the decision to step down from the role over the summer.

After training as a sheriff officer - before working in a joint Police/council team tackling antisocial behaviour utilising surveillance techniques - the 37-year-old has spent the last 10 years working as a regional investigator for the Security Industry Authority (SIA), where he also completed a seven-month stint acting as regional investigation manager for their compliance and investigation department during 2012/13.

While working for the security regulation organisation, the new Scotland-based scheme manager also played an integral part in a multi-agency team coordinating the regulation and quality assurance at high profile events such as: the London 2012 Olympic Games, the G8 summits in Northern Ireland (2013) and Cardiff (2014), the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2014 Ryder Cup tournament.

And, after building up a wealth of experience in his previous employment at the SIA, Dougie revealed that he is looking to use what he has learnt so far to “bring a new dynamic to SSAIB.”

“While working for the SIA - and within the security industry - over the last 10 years, I have been aware of the excellent reputation the SSAIB have within the industry and the work they have done to help raise the performance standards within the Approved Contractors Scheme (ACS).

“Most importantly, I also know of the part they have played in safeguarding the integrity of the ACS scheme - by ensuring all assessments are fair, proportionate and transparent – and, for me, it is essential that the SSAIB continue to perform to the high standards they have already set.

“I like to think I am a champion of change and I always promote best practice. Therefore, I believe that my unique and diverse background – as well as my knowledge of the SIA and ACS - will bring a new dynamic to SSAIB and I’ll be able to offer fresh ideas on ensuring that we continue performing to a consistently high standard.”

Departing scheme manager David – who joined SSAIB back in June 2014 - will continue on as a part-time manned services assessor for the time being, but we would like to thank him for all of his hard work during his time as manned services scheme manager.

Posted: 01/10/2018 more >