Security Industry Authority (SIA)
SIA licensing covers manned guarding (including security guarding, door supervision, close protection, cash and valuables in transit, and public space surveillance using CCTV), key holding and vehicle immobilising.
Licensing ensures that private security operatives are ‘fit and proper’ persons who are properly trained and qualified to do their job.
This may mean that you may be unable to obtain a licence if you are not considered a ‘fit and proper’ person. This is usually because of a previous criminal conviction. In addition, the SIA are able to revoke or suspend licences where the licensing criteria is no longer met (for instance, you receive a criminal conviction whilst holding the licence) or they are able to refuse to renew an existing licence.
The penalties under the legislation are wide ranging and can include imprisonment. Working as a door supervisor without a licence, for instance, could result in a maximum custodial sentence of 6 months and/or a fine of up to £5,000.
The SIA can allow representations to be made in some cases to ensure you keep your licence; Jodie Leonard can assist you with these representations on a fixed fee basis. Telephone us for a free, no obligation chat.
Please note, we are unable to assist you if you are not in the south west area.