Security Guarding: BACKGROUND
The SIA door supervisor licensing scheme has now been rolled out across
England and Wales. From 11 April 2005 it became mandatory in all areas
of England and Wales to have a licence to work as a door supervisor.
Since 23 September 2004 a door supervisor licence can also be accepted
as a security guard licence without the need for further training. However
a security guard licence will not be accepted as a door supervisor licence.
From March 2006, anyone involved in security operations
must be licensed. A concessionary scheme will be put in place as
follows: If a company has 70% of its staff trained and licensed
by November 2005, the company can join the approved contractor scheme,
run by the SIA. When the regulations come into force in March 2006,
scheme members will be permitted to recruit and train staff and
employ them in security operations whilst the license application
is in process – saving around 2 months.
At LDC we are assisting numerous companies to be prepared for November
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Who needs a licence?
Private Security Industry Act 2001:
If you are responsible for the security of property and premises,
including patrols, surveillance, cash in transit, guarding people
against assault and handling dogs for security purposes and employed
under contract you will require a licence.
Anyone involved with work of a security guarding nature by way
of business or employment supplied under contract will require a
licence. This includes employees, employers, managers, supervisors
and directors of security companies.
What is a licensable activity?
Guarding premises against unauthorised access or occupation, outbreaks
of disorder or damage; guarding property against destruction (including
providing a physical presence, or carrying out patrols or surveillance),
damage or theft; and guarding one or more persons against assault.
Examples of a licensable activity:
- Guarding premises or property.
- Guarding people against harm
- Guarding cash or other valuables in transit.
- Guards in supermarkets and shopping centres, guards at building sites.
- Personal bodyguarding.
- Security staff at concerts will need a licence if their services are
supplied under contract and they are wholly or mainly employed to keep
- Stewards employed under contract at entertainment venues, sporting
events, demonstrations, protests or similar events where their security
duties are more than just incidental and includes providing a physical
presence, guarding against disorder, protecting property and generally
- Security staff employed under contract to monitor CCTV screens.
The SIA Qualification for Security Guards is a requirement for the granting
of this license.
THE QUALIFICATION >
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