August 18, 2017

Terrorism Threat

In light of the recent terrorist attacks in Spain we would like to remind everyone of the various guidance documents listed below.

30 May 2017

The independent Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) has lowered the UK threat level for international terrorism from CRITICAL to SEVERE. The current threat level means an attack is highly likely.

24 May 2017

The independent Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) has raised the threat level for international terrorism in the UK to CRITICAL. This means that their assessment is not only that an attack remains highly likely but a further attack may be imminent.

If you see or hear anything that could be terrorist-related trust your instincts and call the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.

Please refresh the knowledge of staff that have received either Project Griffin or Project Argus training and deploy staff who have received training in behavioural detection (where you have them).

Read more about Project Griffin- this link opens in a new window

Read more about Project Argus- this link opens in a new window

The London Regional Counter Terrorism Protective Security Unit has provided further guidance and recommendations for businesses and security staff.

Download the London Regional Counter Terrorism Protective Security Update(download size: 25kb)

We also recommend that security operatives refresh themselves with how to be vigilant by watching the video 'Personnel security - Eyes Wide Open' by the Centre for the Protection for National Infrastructure (CPNI).

Watch the 'Personnel Security - Eyes Wide Open' video- this link opens in a new window

The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) has produced a guidance document with advice for security managers of crowded places. There are a number of operational and tactical options you may wish to consider.

Download NaCTSO's advice for security managers of crowded places (download size: 257kb)

August 1, 2017

SIA Update

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Issue 98, July 2017- this link opens in a new window

SIA News

  • 1 Year On
  • Women in Security Awards
  • Violence Reduction Workshops
  • Counter Terrorism Event Feedback
  • Improvements to the New Licensing System

Enforcement Update

  • Fined for using a forged SIA licence
  • SIA Licence Checks Result in Arrests

Licensing Matters

  • Explaining the Licensing Process
  • Decision Timescale Indicator

Approved Contractor Scheme

  • Events and Sub-Contracting Guidance

Upcoming Events

  • Security TWENTY17 - Glasgow
  • Security Events Website

July 27, 2017

How Long Does It Take to Get a Licence?

There is no standard timescale for licence applications.

The time taken to process your application will be affected by many different factors: your nationality (insofar as it affects your right to work in the UK), your address history, your criminal record if you have one, whether you’ve spent time outside the UK, and so on. Every application carries with it its own specific set of circumstances that must be taken into account.

Because of this, each application will be processed according to its own individual timescale. Some will be processed in days, others weeks, and some may take months - for example, if we have to wait for the outcome of a court case before we can make our decision.

Our timescales are also affected by the number of applications being processed at the time and the current response times of the various other agencies involved (for example, the criminality disclosure bodies), which are critical to our daily activities.

Decision Timescale Indicator

We have developed an online tool that will provide a more useful answer to the question. This tool uses data drawn from the previous 3 months to estimate how long an application will take.

Go to our decision timescale indicator

Things You Need To Know

YOU make a big difference to the speed of your application

We use the information you give us and if this is incorrect or incomplete then your application will be delayed. As an example:

  • We receive Application A. Some of the details provided by the applicant are incorrect, so we must write to them to ask them for the correct information. We cannot make a decision on whether to grant their licence until we receive that information.
  • We receive Application B a day after Application A. This time we have everything we need to make our decision - so, even though we received Application B after Application A, we will make our decision on Application B first.

We are not responsible for any delays that may be caused by you giving us incorrect or incomplete information, so please take the time to review your application BEFOREyou submit it because once you’ve submitted it you won’t be able to change it.

You should also respond quickly to any requests from us for further information as doing so will prevent unnecessary delays to your application.

You may not get a licence

You are not guaranteed a licence simply because you apply for one. As the regulator of the private security industry, it is our role to determine whether you meet the required criteria and if you do not we will refuse your application.

You are also not guaranteed a licence simply because you have held one previously. Our licensing criteria may change over time and by law we must make our decision according to the criteria in force at the time.

March 20, 2011
Touch Security has developed a solid reputation for quality service delivery through our dedication to ensuring that our personnel are adequately skilled and motivated. It is important to us to attract and retain the highest calibre of staff available and we do so by offering clear paths to career progression and a range of benefits and training above the industry average. All our security personnel receive excellent and accurate pay, that can be paid either weekly or monthly.
As a leading provider of security services we are able to offer a wide range of challenging assignments for Security Guarding, Retail, CCTV Operators, Door Supervision, Close Protection and Event Stewards.

Current Vacancies
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Security Guarding Nationwide On Application
Retail Nationwide On Application
CCTV Operators Nationwide On Application
Door Supervisors Nationwide On Application
Close Protection Nationwide On Application
Event Stewards Nationwide On Application

If interested in the above positions go to our Contact Us page.

March 3, 2011
An update from Bill Butler, Chief Executive of the Security Industry Authority.

Working with the industry and other stakeholders, we have developed an agreed framework setting out how we propose the planned transition to a new regulatory regime should take place. SIA chairman Ruth Henig and I met with Home Office minister, Lynne Featherstone, on 16 February to discuss these proposals. The Government has now had the opportunity to consider the plan and, on 28 February, Baroness Neville-Jones, Home Office Minister of State, spoke on the arrangements for future regulation of the private security industry during the Committee Stage of the Public Bodies Bill in the House of Lords.

She commended the contribution made by the industry and made it clear that ministers have received and agreed the SIA's proposed approach, and that the SIA has been tasked with developing a detailed plan and taking forward the new arrangements.

Baroness Neville-Jones gave a firm reassurance that the new regulatory regime would not result in a lowering of current standards. She said:

"We believe that it is now the right time to move over to a new regulatory regime. I stress that it will be a regulatory regime. The private security industry has matured under the aegis of the SIA since SIA regulation began, and there is evidence of increased standards in the industry. We believe that employers should now be given more responsibility for making safe and legal recruitment decisions."

The details of the plan have yet to be decided and will be subject to Parliamentary approval, but the key elements are likely to include:

  • The transition to a new regulatory body, subject to new primary legislation, to give statutory force to the new regime.

  • The introduction of a new regulatory regime focussed on business registration, with robust sanctions to exclude businesses that do not meet the registration conditions, and an approach and fees that recognise the particular position of smaller businesses.

  • Allowing registered businesses to play a greater role in the checking and registration of individuals, in certain circumstances, while maintaining a national register of individuals and access for those not directly employed by registered companies.
While the final decisions on future regulation in Scotland and Northern Ireland are the responsibility of the devolved administrations, it is expected that the new regime should be capable of working across the United Kingdom.

Baroness Neville-Jones confirmed that the change would not be rushed and that nothing significant would happen until after the Olympics in 2012. She said:

"We have now considered and agreed that this will form the basis for moving forward on phased transition... this process is being done in careful consultation with the SIA and the industry on the basis of trying to ensure that we come out with a regime that offers the same degree of assurance of high standards that has already been established. Primary legislation will then be needed to set up the new regulatory body that will succeed the SIA. We will ensure that provision is included in a future Home Office Bill. Full transition to the new regime should, we hope, be completed by the end of 2013."

Baroness Neville-Jones added:

"I thank the SIA for the help that they are giving in moving the industry along to the new regime. We have also asked the SIA if they will take forward the work necessary to ensure the full delivery."

The SIA will continue to work closely with the Security Alliance and other stakeholders in developing plans for the transition to a new regulatory regime.

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