BSIA welcomes Home Office’s publication of Security Industry Authority Triennial Review

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has welcomed the publication of the Security Industry Authority Triennial Review 2016-2017 report issued by the Home Office. Conducted on behalf of the Home Secretary Sajid Javid by Tony Regan, a senior official in the Crime, Policing and Fire Group within the Home Office, the Triennial Review makes evidence-based recommendations on how the delivery of private security industry services can be improved in a way that brings benefits to the communities in which they’re delivered, and also to those who purchase such services.

The Review’s recommendations address the questions of regulatory activity within the private security industry, where it can add most value, as well as what effective regulation will look like over the next five-to-ten years.

The majority of recommendations laid out in the report are strongly supported by the BSIA, aligning closely as they do with the Trade Association’s key lobbying positions on the following topics: the retention of regulation for such a critical and sensitive industry, the merits of business licensing to ensure greater probity of security providers and the need for in-house security to be brought into the regulatory ambit (a particular imperative given the competitive imbalance and the potential higher risk to public safety posed by the absence of the mandatory vetting of personnel).

Home Secretary Sajid Javid

Home Secretary Sajid Javid

The report also recommends that purchasers of security should be placed under a legal obligation for the quality of private security solutions that they procure.

BSIA CEO James Kelly was invited to join the Home Office Challenge Group overseeing the Triennial Review, and was able to put a number of the BSIA’s views to the Independent Reviewer, focusing in particular on the subjects of regulation and the industry’s value and contribution to the protection of people and assets.

Number of concerns highlighted

Upon the release of the report, Kelly commented: “We welcome the belated publication of the Triennial Review, which was completed in 2016. We regret that the report wasn’t published sooner, since it touches on a number of concerns held by the private security industry for some time now.”

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

Kelly went on to state: “The Independent Reviewer’s report rightly observes that the private security industry is a significant asset to UK safety and security. There is now a real opportunity to enhance the private security industry’s contribution to public protection, safeguarding and national security. This supports the BSIA’s efforts to champion the industry as a key partner to police forces through the Police and Security Group Initiative supported by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, the National Business Crime Centre and the Security Industry Authority itself.”

In addition, Kelly explained: “We have long been concerned about the risks posed by the absence of vetting and licensing for in-house security personnel, but especially so now in these times of heightened threats. Placing legal obligations on purchasers here, as exists in other industries, would also help in maintaining quality security provision, while better protecting the UK’s citizens and businesses.”

By way of conclusion, Kelly informed Risk Xtra: “We now call upon the Home Office to respond to these key proposals and consult with the industry on their implementation without further delay. The private security industry is an enormous resource for police and intelligence services collaboration, and often the first responder to incidents on Britain’s streets. We can help in the fight against all forms of criminality. We’re ideally placed to do so.”

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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