The SIA... An Overview

The Private Security Industry Act 2001 led to the creation of the Security Industry Authority in 2003.  The purpose of this government body was specifically to...

“stamp out the criminality and neglect of duty that was occurring in some firms”

Key Note Ltd June 2009 “The Security Industry”

The Security Industry Authority is the organisation that is currently responsible for regulating the private security industry. They are an independent body reporting to the Home Secretary, under the terms of the above government act. Their mission is to regulate the private security industry effectively; to reduce criminality, raise standards and recognise quality service, in the UK.

They have two main duties. One is the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities within the private security industry; the other is to manage the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme, which measures private security suppliers against independently assessed criteria.

SIA licensing covers manned guarding (including security guarding, door supervision, close protection, cash and valuables in transit, and public space surveillance using CCTV), key holding and vehicle immobilising. Licensing ensures that private security operatives are ‘fit and proper’ persons who are properly trained and qualified to do their job.

Their Approved Contractor Scheme introduced a set of operational and performance standards for suppliers of private security services. Those organisations that meet these standards are awarded Approved Contractor status. This accreditation provides purchasers of private security services with independent proof of a contractor's commitment to quality.

MoCo believes that using a real-time time & attendance solution such as Touch will assist you if you decide to achieve SIA Approved Contractor Status.  According to Sean Knowlson of Cobra Security (please follow this link to see the full case study)...

"We recently achieved our SIA approved Contractor status and as part of the assessments involved we are required to prove various levels of monitoring and evaluation of our performance right across the business. MoCo Touch ticked boxes in several areas for us and attributed to us achieving double the normal score for a company of our size"

A professional, regulated private security industry has the potential to become a valuable member of the extended police family, helping to reduce crime, disorder and the fear of crime.  This is particularly significant in the light of recent public spending cuts in the UK, which is likely to reduce the number of police officers employed on UK streets.

To download a more in depth brochure about the SIA please go to our downloads section.

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Case Study

Cobra Security kicks out the "Pipe" for Touch and saves 14 hours per week, or over £10k per annum, in driver, fuel and administration costs aloneLearn more