BSIA publishes all-new Code of Practice for Security Searches

A new Code of Practice to help companies carry out safe and legal security searches has been published by the British Security Industry Association

A new Code of Practice to help companies carry out safe and legal security searches has been published by the British Security Industry Association

A new Code of Practice designed to help companies carry out safe and legal security searches has been published by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the trade body representing the UK’s private security industry.                      

Intended for use on a voluntary basis, the Code of Practice aims to assist businesses in developing their own security procedures and guidelines relating to ‘frequent’ searches, including, for example, searching property and persons, preventing entry into a restricted area or locating prohibited or dangerous items.

It’s also applicable to companies offering search services to customers, or businesses that directly employ ‘in-house’ searchers.

The Code of Practice was developed by the Police and Public Services Section of the BSIA, which includes member companies dedicated to providing support and back office functions to police services and public sector organisations across the UK.

Reducing the risk to personnel

Dirk Wilson of Sector Security Services, the current chairman of the Police and Public Services Section, said: “The idea behind having a standard to reduce risk to personnel who search, and to ensure those who search have a real idea that the task is being carried out well and under a set of guidelines both promotes professionalism and confidence. This Code of Practice is a positive step forward. It’s hoped that, with further refinement, it will be one of the most used standards within the industry with a direct impact on safety and confidence for us all.”

Paul Phillips, technical manager at the BSIA, added: “This Code of Practice will prove invaluable to all individuals and companies responsible for the execution of searches. A major consideration of the publication was to make sure that the searcher and their company avoid situations that could potentially compromise the integrity of their search, while ensuring that respect for the person being searched is maintained throughout. Of course, every search scenario is different, but following the advice outlined in the Code of Practice will help to ensure that the search methods used are proportionate to each situation.”

*The BSIA’s Code of Practice for Security Searches can be downloaded from the following link: http://www.bsia.co.uk/publications/publications-search-results/231-code-of-practice-for-security-searches.aspx

About the Author
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.

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