I AM now retired, but in my working life I have worked for all three emergency services on what is classed as operational front line, front facing duties, although I have never been a full-time serving police officer. I have also operated a public house.
While working for the police, I had several roles, one of them was on the front counter at several police stations across Lancashire.
On Monday or Tuesday morning, after the weekend, licensees from the majority of pubs and clubs would come into the stations with various forms of ID that had been seized from young people trying to access licensed premises, many of them female.
This action alone shows that door staff are doing their job.
The offence of using someone else’s ID, for instance passport, driving licenses, or military ID, in this manner falls within the Identity Documents Act 2010 and/or the Fraud Act 2006 and may, if the document has been tampered with, fall under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981.
These are very serious offences. In the first instance, any seized documents will be returned to the relevant Government or military department, and a new document will have to be purchased.
Anyone found guilty under the Identity Documents Act 2010 on indictment can face a prison sentence of up to ten years, a fine, or both.
While working for the police every Thursday, mostly all day, and Friday evening, police stations were a hive of activity organising licensing operations for over the weekend. Other licensing operations were also ongoing throughout the week days.
The police and local authorities work very hard in trying to reduce the number of underage drinkers with the resources they’ve got.
Police licensing departments are stretched to the limit, especially with recent cutbacks, but continue to do a professional job.