New Plans to review private security firm’s regulation regime
08 January 2013
The coalition Government announced in November 2012 that fresh proposals are being made to shift the responsibility of regulating and monitoring industry standards for 330,000 staff security from the SIA onto an estimated 4,200 UK businesses in a bid to increase transparency and accountability within the security industry.
However, before plans can be put into place, a public consultation period was launched on 20th November 2012 and is due to close on 15 January 2013 to ensure all relevant issues and concerns are identified.
Such plans to alter the current regulatory regime have been initiated following from the Arms Length Body (ALB) review carried out in 2010 and aims to abolish the SIA in its current form, instead focusing on business licensing which is supported by individual registration as well as implementing robust enforcement provisions, including the power to stop unlicensed businesses from trading, by the end of 2013. The Government is expecting this shift in industry regulations to free up the SIA in order to focus its resources on driving up standards across the industry and combating organised criminality by targeting companies or employees that fail to meet required standards, reducing costs on both individual licensees and the private security industry as a whole.
Paul Stanger, Sales Director at KM Security Solutions said:” We fully welcome these new plans to restructure private security firm’s regulation regime in a bid to improve transparency and accountability. The UK needs to think openly and laterally about how to improve the current security regulatory system to one that is managed, audited and governed effectively”.
During recent months, there has also been growing concern that these plans to create a more efficient and cost effective regulation system, could affect current services and industry standards in regards of rising costs, the length of time for a business approval, the failure to include In-house security guards as well as whether the training of guards, doormen and CCTV operators alike, would be diluted.
In response to these fears, there have been numerous alternative ideas suggested for restructuring the current system that will enable strong compliance and enforcement in the new regulatory regime, each identifying five key areas; Sanctions, information gateways, investigation powers, offences as well as prosecution.
If the government’s preferred option of making private security businesses across the UK more accountable is accepted, then the legislation to enable these reforms to take place could be passed as early as October 2013 with such changes coming into force after this date.
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