Private security and emergency services come together for a security drill at the Cuckoo Club in London


The SIA is organizing the exercise in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service, Profile Protection Security Services Ltd, West End Security Group, Safer Business Group, the Princess Royal’s Volunteer Corps, Inspirations Theater Company and The Cuckoo Club itself.

The training event at the Cuckoo Club includes a series of real-time simulations involving actors and volunteers of possible emergency scenarios. These are:

  • mass stabbing (gang-related stabbing)
  • evacuation (terrorist attack in external marauding)
  • corrosive attack (using the three R’s remove, remove remove)
  • suspicious package

This event will strengthen the resilience of the site. Cuckoo Club staff and Profile Protection Security Services Ltd (the security provider) will also benefit from the all-new Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) Security online training.

Paul Fullwood, SIA Director of Inspections and Enforcement, said:

The private security industry has an important role to play in protecting the public. Security guards can often be the first on the scene of an incident. This exercise at the Cuckoo Club will provide a learning environment for door guards and nightclub staff to respond to a series of mock exercises with support from emergency services.

He added that:

The common goal of all partners is to make sure that going to a London nightclub is as safe as possible for customers and people working on the site.

The objective of this exercise is to improve public safety in the night economy by working with sites and security personnel.

It is also about showcasing best practices (i.e. putting the Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) Security e-learning module into practice), demonstrating partnership within the community and perform a series of exercises in a real-time environment.

This contingency planning exercise at the Cuckoo Club continues an exercise program and follows the last event in Chesterfield on September 21. A pilot event took place in Buxton, Derbyshire in October 2019, but the exercise program was halted due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The new e-learning Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) Security is specialized training for frontline security officers. This free course was designed by government counterterrorism experts from the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, the Center for the Protection of National Infrastructure, and the SIA. Tailored training provides up-to-date counterterrorism knowledge to help security professionals prepare for and respond to terrorist incidents while on duty.

More information :

  • Evacuation: Evacuation or containment occurs when circumstances require that the safety of persons be better assured by keeping them inside the building with doors and windows locked and blinds / shutters closed. People should be kept away from windows and doors for optimum safety.
  • The Security Industry Authority is the body responsible for regulating the private security industry in the UK, reporting to the Home Secretary under the Private Security Industry Act 2001. management of the voluntary certified contractor program.
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