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Tony joined The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and on completion of training from MPS Hendon Training School, was assigned to Harlesden Police Station. As the first black Police Officer in a predominantly black neighbourhood, his introduction to policing was far from smooth, so Tony had to call on reserves of patience, resilience and humour to function and operate effectively on the tough housing estates of North London. But effective he was. His abilities were soon recognised and led to an early promotion to Detective Constable, as was later assigned to the Criminal Intelligence Surveillance Unit (effectively known as The Professionals) at New Scotland Yard, making him the first black male detective ever assigned to that unit. Six weeks of intensive training in surveillance techniques by both Police and Army instructors began. Tony is now an expert in surveillance, intelligence and the Security Services, he is an expert witness in the night- time economy. He describes his time working undercover in the Criminal Intelligence Surveillance Unit as “The best job in the world”. Surveillance officers are tasked to gather intelligence utilising their covert techniques to gather evidence about known and suspected criminals. His assignments ranged from team operations to tailing suspected provisional IRA agents in London, donning camouflage kit and concealing himself in hedgerows to keep watch on isolated houses used by armed robbers. The work can be exciting and interesting, but it takes iron discipline to remain alert and vigilant. The job is not without its dangers: In 1985 one of Tony’s colleagues, DC John Fordham was stabbed to death whilst on a covert operation in the grounds of the home of a known criminal who was suspected of involvement in the Brinks Mat bullion robbery. Tony is a proven Criminal and Civil Investigator and has been involved in some of the most high- profile criminal investigation. He is a Covert Surveillance Expert who has targeted some of the UK’s most known villains with exceptional success A chance meeting with a security manager in a pub changed the direction of Tony’s life. The security manager needed help to uncover some serious internal thefts within their pubs, Restaurants and Night Clubs. Tony agreed to undertake the investigations and covert surveillance, he was so successful that the brewery contracted him to undertake additional investigation and surveillance across the estate. Tony became an expert in this field and developed certain covert techniques that were the envy of his competitors operating in a similar role. As word of his effectiveness spread, other security managers in the licensed trade began requesting his help. Realising the commercial opportunity, Tony resigned from the MPS and began trading as a private detective, specialising in investigating fraud in the licensed trade and Night – time Economy, but also working for the financial services sector, investigating mortgage applications for potential fraud and undertaking private surveillance commissions. Tony is working as a Security Specialist / Expert for various Organisations and is currently looking at what steps businesses should take in order to mitigate the risks due to the impact of the “Protect Duty” as defined by the Manchester Arena Enquiry (MAI) which will have legal implications for Businesses now and in the future. Tony was involved in the introduction of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) and helped lobbied the Government to introduce Business Licensing. Tony is a Security Industry Authority (SIA) trainer and is qualified and accredited to deliver the SIA licensing qualifications, as well as First Aid, Conflict Management, Physical Intervention, Weapon Awareness, Security Screening and Examination Management. He is Project Griffin and Project Argos trained. This is a counter – terrorism initiative by The City of London and Metropolitan Police to protect the infrastructure of London A well - known and respected figure in The Security Industry, Tony played an active role in the Security Industry authority (SIA) licensing process from the formation of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 and maintains dialogue with the regulator and Her Majesty’s Government (HMG). •Tony organised and chaired the SIA network meeting, he was a member of The SIA Competency requirements renewal steering group and the SIA Strategy and Standards group, •Member of The SIA Strategic Consultation Group, •Founder member of The Security Regulation Alliance. • Chairman of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) Door Supervisors Network Meeting throughout the UK •Managed difficult Pubs for Breweries and has a 100% successful rate in converting these Pubs into family orientated venues •Managed and advised on Night Clubs and singlehandedly turned the former Deja Vu Night Club in Swanley into a drugs free venue •Expert in routing out corruption and successfully prosecuting managers who are buying in their own beers/ spirits into managed pubs. One example is the “Long Island Iced Tea” bar in Covent Garden, London where he successfully prosecuted the manager for stealing a quarter of a million pounds from the unit •Developed and delivered Close Protection (CP) courses •Provided Close Protection for the singer (Sade) whilst on Tour. •He personally provided Close Protection for Courtney Love when she visited the UK •In 2009, Tony was asked by The SIA to accompanied them to Ireland to do a presentation in conjunction with Belfast City Council for security personnel just before the introduction of the SIA into Ireland. •In 2010 was the only Industry representative asked by The SIA to attend and speak at their staff briefing day. •Adviser to one of the biggest insurance companies in the world on security risk reduction. •In 2011 was asked by Warwickshire Police to talk at their Warwick District Licensing seminar. •In 2011 The Metropolitan Police Marine Intelligence and Operations Team invited Tony to sit on the Qualification Working Group to develop a qualification for security personnel working on pleasure boats on The Thames in London. •In 2010 was contacted by The London Drug Policy Forum to endorsed and approve their documentation to give it credibility. •In 2012 was invited to sit on the committee of British Standards Institute (BSI) to develop a standard for Private Investigators in light of the Leveson Public Inquiry (this was a judicial Public Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of The British Press, following The News International Phone Hacking Scandal, chaired by Lord Justice Leveson). This standard has now been published, BS10200 •Sat on the committee of British Standards Institute to review BS 7960. •In 2010 worked with Her Majesty Government Home Office to develop a training programme for security personnel designed for Vulnerable Women in the night- time economy. •An expert witness in the UK Security Industry and he was highly recommended to a firm of solicitors by the SIA. •In 2010 a member of the Metropolitan Police licensing team requested advice from Tony regarding SIA regulation on casinos and gambling. •In 2010 Her Majesty Government Home Office requested advice from Tony regarding the use of fake ID’s by young people wishing to enter Licensed premises to consume alcohol. •IN 2010 I was in the movie “London Boulevard and was in the trailer. Casts were Ray Winstone, Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley and Anna Friel • In 2012 was identified by Her Majesty Government Home Office officials as a key player in the Industry and was invited to meet Lord Taylor of Holbeach to discuss business licensing and its implications on the Security Industry •In 2009 was contacted by Watford Borough Council Licensing Department for help in organising a conference. •In 2013 was the only member of the Security Industry in the UK asked by Her Majesty Government Home Office to sit on a selection panel as an independent assessor and selector, to conduct interviews for the role of Chair Person for the Security Industry Authority (SIA). The panel appointed Elizabeth France as the Chair- Person of the SIA. This shows his influence and credibility within HM Government Home Office. • In January 2014 was asked by the SIA to be part of a steering group to re- develop the qualification for security officers. •In March 2014 was asked by The SIA to help design a new way in which the regulator can gather intelligence. •In April 2014 was recommended by the SIA to The PASS cards scheme to assist them in obtaining Industry awareness within the night- time economy. •Was a founding member and the first Chairman of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) Leisure Industry Sector. •Worked in partnership with the Malaysian Government, advising and assisting the Government on legislation to regulate the Security Industry in Malaysia, starting in Kuala Lumpur. •Sat on the Police and Security (P&S) working group representing the night- time economy. He recommended Sue English from Greene King PLC to be on the group to represent buyers of security services within the night- time economy. His recommendation was accepted. •In 2013 Tony realised that at least two Security Companies in the West End were getting preferential treatment from Sergeant Frank Partridge of The Metropolitan Police Westminster Licensing Team. Tony started his own investigation and handed over the evidence to the Metropolitan Police Directorate of Professional Standards. It has now become what some National Papers called the biggest Metropolitan Police corruption in history (Operation Joseph) (see article by Buzzfeed News published