The Security Industry Authority (SIA) has stated that it’s “continually improving” the services it delivers to the private security industry. As part of these improvements, the SIA is “modernising” its licensing systems and “developing new streamlined processes” for SIA licence applicants, licence holders and security businesses alike.
According to the Regulator, the new and improved licensing services will be “more flexible” and introduce new online facilities which will provide better ways for licence applicants to manage their licence applications, licence holders to manage their licence account online and security businesses to have greater involvement with an individual’s licence application (and ongoing licence account).
The SIA is now developing processes and systems that will benefit both individuals and security businesses.
For individuals there will be new online licence accounts. Going forward, it will be easier to apply for a licence and to monitor the progress of a specific licence application. It will also be easier for licence holders to keep their personal details up-to-date.
In addition, there’s going to be new secure processes for individuals to give their consent to share their licence account information with their employer.
For security businesses, it will be easier for them to manage licence applications on behalf of their staff. It will also be easier for employers to find relevant information about their employees’ licences while, at the same time, there will be new ways for businesses to have greater involvement in their employees’ online licence accounts (where an individual has given consent).
The SIA’s website is going to be improved in order to offer the new online facilities, with the Regulator adamant there will be more efficient ways of responding to enquires through digital and online channels.
Modernising the SIA’s systems will create “closer working relationships” between the SIA, security businesses and licence holders. For their part, individuals and businesses will benefit by saving both time and money.
Updating the SIA licence card
Importantly, the SIA is also updating its Licence Cards. The Regulator has listened to much feedback from the industry and various enforcement partners and is now taking the opportunity to combat fraud by introducing new security features within the cards.
At present, the SIA is consulting the industry and partner organisations as it develops the new facilities and considers how to best introduce the new systems and processes. This process will minimise any inconvenience to security businesses and individuals, while at the same time ensuring continuity of the SIA’s vital services to the private security industry.
The Regulator has undertaken to continue to communicate further information about these changes in the coming months. That being so, interested parties in the private security industry are being urged to keep up-to-date with developments by signing up to receive more information: www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/sign-up
The SIA is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001.
The Regulator’s main duties are the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.