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SIA Update, Conference Special

Welcome to this special edition of SIA Update, which focuses specifically on the conference we held on 30 March. We hope you find it informative and useful.

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CONFERENCE NEWS
Our Chairman's Keynote Speech
The Government View
A Blueprint for Change
Discussion Groups
Security at the 2012 Olympic Games
Panel Discussion
Final Word from our Chief Executive
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Our Chairman's Keynote Speech
Photo of Ruth Henig speaking at the conference The SIA conference was opened by our Chairman, Ruth Henig. Addressing the 200 strong audience at the Honourable Artillery Company in central London, Ruth Henig called for views and input during the transition to new regulation.

She told delegates:

"We have a real opportunity to reshape regulation, to further drive up standards and reduce the threat from criminal activity. We want you, who work in the industry, to be actively involved in the front line of change, making it happen in a way which suits your needs. We want to see regulation based on business registration, qualifications managed by the industry and a clear focus on professionalism and on quality standards. Between us we have a real opportunity to translate this vision into reality and to start to adapt the current regime where we can to meet the needs of the future."

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The Government View
Following Ruth's speech, Tyson Hepple, Home Office Director of Civil Liberties and Public Protection, gave an overview from the Home Office, reiterating that there would be no significant changes before the 2012 Olympics. He said:

"We have asked the SIA to work with you, the industry, towards the new regulatory regime. We are looking for a suitable legislative vehicle to wind down the SIA and put in place a new regulatory regime. What we want to achieve is a statutory regulator with teeth."
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A Blueprint for Change
Photo of Stephen McCormick speaking at the conference The final keynote speech was given by Stephen McCormick, SIA Director of Service Delivery, who outlined principles for the new regulatory regime.

He highlighted that there would be continued robust compliance and enforcement, with a new independent regulator outside government and a focus on the areas of greatest risk. There will be business licensing, and a register of individuals working in the industry, he continued. The new regime will mean a significant transfer of responsibility to industry, with qualifications, professionalism and quality the responsibility of industry. The aim is to reduce the overall cost of regulation, and to ensure that new regulation can meet the needs of Scotland & Northern Ireland.

Stephen McCormick said:

"We need to ensure continued compliance and licensing under current regulation, and start work on transferring activities to the new regime. It is important that we maintain stability and continuity."

View Stephen's presentation (PDF, download size: 59kb)
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Discussion Groups
Following the keynote speeches, delegates attended two of three discussion groups: 'A New Regulatory Framework', 'Business Registration' and 'Designing the Future'. They then returned to the conference hall to hear feedback from the three sessions.

David Evans, of the BSIA, presented the feedback from the 'Regulatory Framework' session. The key themes were:
  • The ACS - where does the scheme fit in with business registration and will compliance scores be used?
  • Training standards - need to ensure quality and standards of on-the-job-training.
  • Why is the government changing what is working already?
  • Previous investment in regulation and the ACS needs recognition.
Mike Hurst, from ASIS, presented the feedback from the 'Business Registration' session. The key themes were:
  • Directors and those with a controlling interest in the business should undergo criminal records checks.
  • There should be quality standards placed on companies
  • There should be random inspections of businesses registered with the SIA.
Chris Bolton, from EDI, presented the feedback from the 'Designing the Future' session. The key themes were:
  • Quality assurance - important to get the balance right, not too high or low.
  • Trusted Service Partners - welcomed, but concerns raised about transparency, costs, and that it may be more advantageous for larger companies.
  • Qualifications - competency criteria should be managed by a suitable/appropriate industry body or concern.
  • Competency standards - should not be so high that they exclude people from the industry, but also not too low.
  • ACS mark should be maintained by independent authority.
  • Consultation essential to ensure industry input.
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Security at the 2012 Olympic Games
Photo of David Evans speaking at the conference The afternoon session began with a presentation on Olympic security from BSIA Olympic Project Director David Evans. He gave an overview of the impact of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, how businesses can draw up an action plan, and considerations and impact in terms of staff, customers and suppliers. He also spoke about the Bridging the Gap project, which is being run in colleges throughout the UK to train security staff in the run up to the Games, and how this would help in the Olympic legacy and encouraging people into the industry longer term.

View David's presentation (PDF, download size: 1,012kb)
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Panel Discussion
SIA board member Bill Matthews then chaired a panel discussion: 'Security Now and in the Future: What the Transition Means to Us'. Ben Dyer, Security Director at Goldman Sachs; John Ludley, Director at insurer Sutton Specialist Risks; Geoff Zeidler, UK MD of Securitas Security Services; and Cathie Smith, Director of awarding body BIIAB, discussed the impacts of the transition to a new regulatory regime for the security industry on their different sectors.
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Final Word from our Chief Executive
Photo of Bill Butler speaking at the conference SIA Chief Executive Bill Butler closed the conference by reflecting on a busy and challenging year for the industry and highlighting the day's key themes. He noted the progress that has been made so far, and the significant input from the industry. Looking to the future, Bill told delegates that coming years will see new legislation for the private security industry to allow for business licensing, individual registration and a change to the regulator's status.

Bill Butler thanked the speakers, saying they had given delegates a clear understanding of where the SIA and the industry stood currently. Drawing out the day's key themes, Bill talked about the feeling amongst some delegates that regulation should not change, saying that the way the industry is regulated has to move on. He talked about the large scale of the transition, and highlighted the need for maintaining the level of engagement with the industry and stakeholders throughout the transition. He drew attention to the work of the Security Alliance in trying to bring together views from across the industry.

Bill acknowledged the strong feeling amongst delegates that their investment in the Approved Contractor Scheme and the investment of individual licence holders must be maintained - the new regime must build on this.

He said:

"The new regime needs to learn from both good and bad past experiences and anticipate what the industry will need in the future. Extensive consultation will be needed and this engagement will inform the detail of the new regulatory regime. I ask you to get involved and tell the SIA what you are thinking. I thank delegates for their time, their support and their involvement."
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