Following successful trials with police and security staff in South Yorkshire, SmartTag is now being made available to Security Industry Accredited (SIA) security officers working in the wider Yorkshire area.
The award-winning forensic scientists at SmartWater Group created SmartTag following the increase in attacks on frontline workers during the Covid lockdown. Each security officer will be equipped with a uniquely formulated handheld spray for their exclusive use. However, they are required to sit an online training course and pass an examination before they receive their SmartTag spray.
SmartTag is another initiative of the Taming Aggression Group (T.A.G), which is headed by Sir Keith Povey QPM, the purpose of which is to reduce the level of aggression in society. Its first initiative, working with South Yorkshire Police to reduce domestic abuse, was highly successful with a significant reduction in attacks.
During the trial in South Yorkshire, the SmartTag equipped security staff reported an immediate calming effect on potential rowdy incidents before they could become violent. Effectively, if an offender is sprayed with SmartTag, they risk being refused entry to any premises equipped with SmartTag detectors and, in serious offences, being arrested by the police at a later date.
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