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Investigator Licensing

The Private Security Industry Act 2001 introduced the requirement for security personnel to be licensed. Blayze fully supports this government initiative to improve standards within the investigation industry

Private Security Industry Act 2001

The Private Security Industry Act 2001 (as amended) allows for licensing of private investigators and precognition agents.

(Precognition agents interview witnesses for the purposes of, or in anticipation of, criminal or civil proceeding in Scotland.)

Whether or not an individual requires a licence is determined by the role that is performed and the activity that is undertaken. These are described fully in Section 3 and Schedule 2 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 (as amended).

The activities defined as licensable by the Act are:

  • Manned guarding, which includes:
    • Cash and Valuables in Transit
    • Close Protection
    • Door Supervision
    • Public Space Surveillance (CCTV)
    • Security Guard
  • Immobilisation, restriction and removal of vehicles
  • Key Holding

The Private Security Industry Act 2001 defines as licensable three further activities which at this stage are not currently licensed.

  • Private investigation
  • Precognition agents
  • Security consultants

Security Industry Authority

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry.

It has two main duties:

  • The compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking certain designated activities
  • To manage the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme

The Security Industry Authority is an independent body reporting to the Home Secretary, under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Their mission is to regulate the private security industry effectively; to reduce criminality, raise standards and recognise quality service. The remit covers the United Kingdom.

New Regulatory Regime

October 2010 the Cabinet Office made an announcement on the future of public bodies following its review. Its intention for the Security Industry Authority is a phased transition to a new regulatory regime.

What does this mean for customers?

Without a national licensing regime there is no simple way for customers to verify the capability and probity of an investigation business.

By entrusting Blayze as your supplier you are choosing a competent and professional business.

  • company formed in 2003
  • DPA notified
  • personal information promise signatory
  • VAT registered
  • professional indemnity insurance
  • managing director member of the Association of British Investigators
  • directors hold clear Criminal Records Bureau records

Please contact Blayze if you have any questions about our service.


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