The BSIA (British Security Industry Association) has produced a guide for end-users and security buyers, to help them understand the proposed changes to the licensing and regulatory regime of the UK’s private security industry. There will be a gradual change in the way private security companies and individual officers operating in the UK are licensed and regulated. This is currently carried out by the Security Industry Authority (SIA), but following the Public Bodies Review in 2010, aimed at increasing the transparency, accountability and efficiency of public services, the Authority is to be reformed. The new solution should be based upon a phased transition to a business licensing regime. Under this regime, regulatory control would move from the licensing of individual security operatives to the licensing of private security businesses, and businesses would be responsible for ensuring that required checks on individuals are carried out. Additionally, the regulator will continue to undertake individual criminality checks. Trevor Elliott, Director of Manpower and Membership Services at the BSIA, stated, ‘Over the next couple of years, the regulatory landscape of the private security industry will change dramatically, and the legal responsibilities of both security companies and their customers will be affected. ‘While it may take a while for these changes to become apparent to the end-user, early preparation is essential to ensure that companies procuring security personnel understand what’s changing, and what they need to do to ensure that they continue to operate within the law.’ The BSIA has produced an online guide to provide background information on why this change is taking place, along with key dates in the transition process.
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.