Security Industry Authority UK News

National Security Inspectorate sponsors Apprentice of the Year Award at the British Security Awards 2020

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) proudly sponsored the Apprentice of the Year Award at the British Security Awards 2020 which took place on 1st July. The annual event, recognising individuals and companies within the private security sector for their talent and commitment in protecting people and property, saw a significant number of NSI approved companies celebrated amongst its winners. Organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), this year’s British Security Aw...

Mitie Security announces partnership with Security Industry Authority to offer online training courses

Mitie Security, one of UK’s renowned technology-led security business, has become one amongst the first business in the sector to successfully pilot virtual accredited training modules. Mitie is working in partnership with the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and Highfield Qualifications, the licence awarding body, to provide online access to the training course which is required to become a licensed security guard. Previously, candidates were required to attend on-site courses. However,...

NSI-sponsored Thought Leadership Summit instigates debate on key issues in the security sector

Key topics and challenges affecting the security systems and guarding sectors were addressed at this year’s NSI-sponsored Thought Leadership Summit, held at the Royal Lancaster London. Delegates from across the industry engaged with a lively, informative and thought provoking programme, organised by the Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs). A cross-section of security industry end users, service providers, sector organisations and regulatory bodies attended the third annual UK...

SIA composing code of conduct for U.K. private security, seeking comments

The Private Security Industry Act of 2001 gives the Security Industry Authority (SIA) the function of setting standards of conduct in the United Kingdom’s private security industry. Time is winding down to provide input during the SIA’s six-week consultation on a new draft code of conduct for SIA licence holders and applicants for SIA licences. The authority is inviting the industry, licence holders, and anyone with an interest in private security to have their say on the draft code...

Magenta Security MD and SIA CEO discuss about security industry and availability of ACS

Magenta Security MD Abbey Petkar met with SIA Chief Executive Ian Todd and Tony Holyland (SIA Head of Quality & Standards) at Magenta HQ last month to discuss concerns about the lack of business licences in the security industry. They also considered other topics focused on making the security industry more professional and more robust in the face of unscrupulous players in the market. This included how the ACS could be made more available to 80% of the industry, which represents approximate...

Limitless Security’s VIDAR detector detects intruders and captures images for visual verification

Limitless Security, a provider of security solutions for the housebuilding and construction industries, has launched the VIDAR detector. This standalone, wire-free security system combines motion detection with integrated image verification to help reduce the cost of break-ins, theft and vandalism. VIDAR is a key part of Limitless Security’s new fixed cost, fully managed service which takes away the headaches and hassles involved in installing, managing and maintaining security equipment o...

Magenta Security Services’ Abbey Petkar highlights need for security industry to support public services

A combination of uncertainty over Brexit negotiations and recent cut backs in other areas of police funding has highlighted an opportunity for the private security industry to support public services. “Brexit is putting an incredible strain on resources of all types across the UK, including the police force, who are preparing contingencies for a host of challenges ahead of March 29. When combined with the selling off of police assets and the reduction in officers on the street, it makes l...

Security Industry Authority appoints Ian Todd as the new CEO succeeding interim CEO Dave Humphries

Elizabeth France CBE, Security Industry Authority Chair, announces the appointment of Ian Todd as SIA Chief Executive. Ian succeeds Dave Humphries who has been interim CEO since the departure of former SIA CEO Alan Clamp at the end of October. Ian will join the SIA on 25 February 2019. Ian will be joining the SIA from the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) where he is currently Deputy Director General. This builds on a number of board level roles in professional regulation, including...

SIA and Thames Valley Police promotes safer physical intervention to improve students’ safety

The Security Industry Authority's (SIA) South East Partnerships and Interventions team and Thames Valley Police will be calling at Reading's top student pubs and clubs. They will share best-practice guidance on safer physical intervention for door supervisors as a reminder of how to keep their clients and themselves safe. The aims of the event are to promote the importance of safer restraint and reduce any possible violence during the festive season. The initiative marks the Reading launch of a...

The Security Industry Authority endorses the Register of Chartered Security Professionals

The Security Industry Authority (SIA), the government regulator of the private security industry in the UK, has formerly endorsed the Register of Chartered Security Professionals. The Register was established under Royal Charter issued to the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals in the UK.  Admission to the Register signifies the highest standards and ongoing proficiency in security practice.  Alan Clamp, Chief Executive of the SIA said: “The Register of Chartered Securi...

Ward Security achieves highest ever score in independent audit

External assessing body CCAS carried out a combined annual assessment of Ward Security during February 2017 National security firm Ward Security has achieved its highest ever score of 171 out of 174 in an independent audit conducted on behalf of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) - the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the UK as part of its Approved Contractor Score (ACS) scheme. Ward Security transitions Ward Security has also succ...

BSIA to become Challenge Group member to help shape the Security Industry Authority review

BSIA will be given the opportunity to test and comment on the findings of the SIA review before publication The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has accepted an invitation by the Home Office to become a member of the Challenge Group that will help to steer the direction of the review of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) commencing in January 2016. Security Industry Authority review The SIA’s review was launched via a Written Ministerial Statement (W...