Consultation on the future of regulation of the private security industry and the future role of the SIA is set to close on 15 January 2013. Regulation of the industry was passed to the SIA in 2003, following implementation of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. As part of a cost-cutting exercise, consultation is being taken to assess the possibility of regulation once more becomming an industry concern. The purpose of the consultation is to seek views on preferred options for reforming the regulation of the security industry, by way of a transition to a business-based regulation regime. The consultation includes a proposal for a new regime, developed in partnership with industry representatives. The timescale of the consultation has been relatively short, and crossed over the festive holidays, which further reuced the likelihood of all relevant parties being able to respond. Those wishing to participate can comment online via the Home Office website.
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.