SIA licensing ensures that private security operatives are 'fit and proper' persons who are properly trained and qualified to do their job.
Whether or not an individual requires a licence is determined by the role that is performed and the activity that is undertaken. These are described fully in Section 3 and Schedule 2 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 (as amended).
More about the roles that are licensable
The activities defined as licensable by the Act are:
- Manned guarding, which includes:
- Cash and Valuables in Transit
- Close Protection
- Door Supervision
- Public Space Surveillance (CCTV)
- Security Guard
- Immobilisation, restriction and removal of vehicles
- Key Holding
The Private Security Industry Act 2001 (as amended) allows for SIA licensing of private investigation activities, security consultants and precognition agents. However, we do not currently license these activities.
On 31 July 2013 the Home Secretary announced that the SIA will be regulating private investigators. These powers are expected to come into force in the current Parliamentary session, which began in May 2015.
More about the activities that are licensable