High compliance among Kilkenny bouncers

KILKENNY doorstaff have a high level of compliance with regulations it emerged following a recent inspection.

KILKENNY doorstaff have a high level of compliance with regulations it emerged following a recent inspection.

On November 19, inspectors from the Private Security Authority (PSA) in conjunction with An Garda Síochána, carried out a number of inspections of door supervisor (licensed premises) services in Kilkenny city. The purpose of these inspections is to ensure that only those licensed by the PSA are operating and that individuals are wearing a clearly visible identity badge are legally required.

The PSA inspectors found that 95% of individuals providing door supervisor (licensed premises) services were licensed. They also found that 96% of those licensed were compliant with the legal requirement to wear an identity badge.

Ms. Geraldine Larkin, Chief Executive of the PSA stated that compliance with the requirement to be licensed and to wear the identity badge in a clearly visible manner was very good but still needed to reach 100%. As a result sanctions will issue to those found non-compliant. Ms. Larkin added that the wearing of the Identity Badge in a clearly visible manner is a legal requirement and provides the public with evidence that the wearer has met the appropriate licensing standards set by the PSA. It also allows for identification if a member of the public wishes to make a complaint to the PSA. The PSA will continue to

monitor compliance with the licensing and identity badge requirements by carrying out further checks in the Kilkenny area.

The Private Security Authority is the statutory body with responsibility for licensing and regulating the private security industry in Ireland. The authority is an independent body under the aegis of the Department of Justice and Equality.

The Private Security Authority website (www.psa.gov.ie) contains a register of licence holders and is a useful tool for business and the public who can ensure that their security provider is licensed by checking the details on the register.