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An aviation security training instructor has pleaded guilty to forgery at Guildford Magistrates' Court. Daren Salmon falsified training certificates for 12 unsuspecting aviation workers between 2019 and 2020. He was sentenced today to an 18-month Community Order requiring him to perform 300 hours (the maximum allowable) unpaid work and he was ordered to pay costs of £500 to the Civil Aviation Authority which brought the prosecution.

The Court heard that although Mr Salmon's certification to provide security training to workers in the aviation industry had been suspended due to previous irregularities identified by Civil Aviation Authority security auditors, he continued to provide training through a company he had established, by fraudulently using the identity and signature of an unsuspecting former colleague on the training certificates.

Commenting on the prosecution, a spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Authority, said: “Effective aviation security relies on ensuring that appropriate training is delivered to staff across the industry by qualified instructors via registered training providers. The actions uncovered by CAA auditors were a clear abuse of trust and responsibility on the part of one individual, and the decision to prosecute was taken in order to protect public and professional confidence in the high standards we set for aviation security in the UK.”

Notes to Editors:

Daren Salmon was charged with one offence of making false instruments, namely twelve UK National Aviation Security Training Programme Certificates.