From today (1st June 2010) all door staff must hold a licence issued by the Security Industry Authority (SIA). To see the full news story click here.
By a strange twist of fate- about a month ago at work I had to complete the 'Level 2 Door Supervisors Course' (even though I have no plans to be a bouncer!). Therefore I am in an ideal position to comment upon any bouncer issues that arise during our pub guiding sessions. I must say that I have never had any problems with the bouncers (or door supervisors to give them their proper name) in Hereford, and I can only hope that the new SIA licensing laws will fulfil their aims, that is: to ascertain the suitability of customers to be allowed on the premises, and to maintain order on those premises. Above all the SIA aims to design, set, maintain and raise the national standard for door supervisors; as previously the level of skill and competency in this area has varied enormously. For more information on the SIA, visit their website by clicking here, and for more specifics on Door Supervisors' licensing click here.