The BSIA lobbied for regulation for many years before the Private Security Industry Act was ratified in 2001. Regulation - which is overseen by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) - involves obtaining a licence, which requires an individual to pass a criminal record check and meet core competencies such as conflict management and communication skills.
The Act applies to contract security personnel only at this stage for the guarding, keyholding, security consultant and private investigation sectors, and to both in-house and contract door supervision and vehicle immobilisation services. All personnel must have a licence, from operatives up to managing directors.
In addition to compulsory licensing, a voluntary approved contractor scheme has been introduced by the SIA that should become the quality benchmark for customers selecting guarding services.
The BSIA has been heavily involved in the practical implementation of the legislation and looks forward to its positive impact.
For more information see www.the-sia.co.uk