An aviation security training instructor has pleaded guilty to four counts of forgery at Lewes Crown Court following an investigation led by the UK Civil Aviation Authority.
Roderick Brown falsified training certificates and training records for drivers working in the air cargo security sector.
On 13 December 2023 Mr Brown was sentenced to a 30-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, with a condition to perform 100 hours unpaid work.
He was also ordered to pay costs of £750 to the Civil Aviation Authority who brought the prosecution.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority had found that Mr Brown forged certificates related to the certification of drivers in the air cargo security sector. All drivers transporting secure air cargo must be trained by an Aviation Security Certificated Instructor.
The forged certificates suggested training had been completed when this was not the case and others were created.
Peter Drissell, Director of Aviation Security for the Civil Aviation Authority, said:
“The effectiveness of aviation security relies on ensuring that appropriate training is delivered to staff across the industry by qualified instructors via registered training providers.
“The UK Civil Aviation Authority auditors uncovered a clear abuse of trust and responsibility on the part of an individual in this case, and the decision to prosecute was taken to protect the public and professional confidence in the high standards we set for aviation security in the UK.”
Notes to editors
- Roderick Brown’s offences range from making and using false instruments to using copies of false training certificates and records. These actions were consolidated into 4 counts of forgery in the indictment.