Licence approved for security firm

Last updated 12:32 27/02/2013

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Private security company Platform 4 Group which has provided security and crowd control for some of Auckand's largest events has been granted a licence to carry out the work.

The company, established by Aaron Colthurst in late-2011, had previously undertaken work through existing security licence-holder Harrison Tew Limited rather than holding its own licence.

Staff of P4G had carried out work for Harrison Tew at venues such as Eden Park.

When Platform 4 Group did apply for its own licence the application was opposed by competing security sector company Rush Security Services.

The Department of Internal Affairs launched an investigation and in an initial report said P4G had breached the law by carrying out security work without a proper licence.

A recent judgment from the Private Security Personnel Licensing Authority said Internal Affairs initially recommended that prosecution should be considered.

However Internal Affairs eventually decided to issue a warning only to P4G for the breaches, given that Colthurst had been issued a Certificate of Approval in the meantime.

Rush Security Services' objection against P4G acquiring a licence stood until a PSPLA hearing on February 5, which Rush representatives did not attend.

Colthurst's lawyer submitted that his client was highly regarded in the community, had taken legal advice on his licensing decisions, and an investigation by Auckland Council's event company found no evidence of wrongdoing by him.

The authority also quoted Internal Affairs investigations unit chief Debbie Despard as saying she had received a character reference from a "very high ranking Police Officer in support of Mr Colthurst", who is himself a former police officer.

The authority approved the application.

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