Enforcement Activity

We can and do prosecute individuals and organisations who do not comply with the legal requirements of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. We may also prosecute anyone within the private security industry who commits a criminal offence that could have a detrimental impact on the industry - for example, fraud or offences under the Identity Documents Act 2010.

Before we do so, we conduct a criminal investigation to determine:

  • whether there is sufficient evidence that an offence was committed;
  • whether there is any statutory defence;
  • who is liable for the offence;
  • whether a prosecution is in the public interest.

As of 31 October 2014 we were conducting 25 criminal investigations relating to 28 businesses and 62 individuals. In October we opened four new investigations.

We also have a number of sanctions available to us that fall short of criminal proceedings but can be highly effective in securing compliance quickly whilst avoiding costly formal proceedings. These include the issuing of written warnings and improvement notices for non-compliance, and the revocation of licences.

This Financial Year (2014-2015)

Written Warnings Issued 102
Improvement Notices Issued 12
Licence Revocations 3,069

Definitions:

  • Written Warnings - Issued to an individual where an offence under the Private Security Industry Act 2001 has been detected. A written warning may be taken into account in future enforcement decisions or as non-conviction information in a licence decision.
  • Improvement Notices - An informal procedure applied to a company that is found in breach of offences under the Private Security Industry Act. It sets out the improvements required and is discharged when we are satisfied the improvements have been made.
  • Licence Revocations - Revocation is a permanent response applied when a licence holder is found not to meet, or no longer meets, the criteria for the grant of a licence. A licence may be revoked for a number of reasons - for example, the licence holder has received a conviction, caution or warning for a relevant offence, or our ongoing checks have determined that they no longer have the right to work in the UK. Numbers shown relate to licences that have finally been revoked and do not include those currently going through the revocation process.

ACS Quality Assurance

The credibility of the Approved Contractor Scheme and its associated accreditation mark is assured by our active programme of approved contractor monitoring. Any improvement needs, complaints or allegations are assessed and action is taken where appropriate.

More information on quality assurance of the ACS

Using The Information We Receive

Our approach to enforcement is intelligence-led: any information we receive is analysed so that we can spot trends and do a better job of prioritising and targeting our enforcement activity. We provide a monthly update on the actions we have taken as a result of the intelligence we have received.

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