The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry. They are 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. Their remit covers Great Britain.
They have two main duties. One is the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities within the private security industry; the other is to manage the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme, which measures private security suppliers against independently assessed criteria.
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.
SIA believes that a professional, regulated private security industry has the potential to become a valuable member of the extended police family, helping to reduce crime, disorder and the fear of crime.
If you are able to demonstrate the required first aid skills, you will be issued with a First Aid at Work certificate. Both First Aid at Work (3-day) and Emergency First Aid at Work certificates are valid for three years from the date of issue. Prior to the certificates expiry date candidates will need to undertake an FAW Refresher First Aid at Work (2-day) course or another Emergency First Aid at Work (1-day) course, as to obtain a new three-year certificate.
In the interim, you should encourage first aiders to refresh their skills by reading first aid guides.
If you decide you don’t need a first-aider in your workplace, you should appoint someone to take charge of first-aid arrangements. The role of this appointed person includes looking after first-aid equipment and facilities and calling the emergency services when required. They can also provide emergency cover where a first-aider is absent due to unforeseen circumstances (annual leave does not count).
Even if you decide first-aiders are unnecessary, there is still the possibility of an accident or illness, so you may wish to consider providing qualified first-aiders. Appointed persons are not necessary where there is an adequate number of first-aiders.
The full 3-day First Aid at Work (FAW) training course is approved by the HSE and is designed to comply with all the legal requirements of the Health and Safety (HSE First Aid) Regulations 1981. It satisfies the first aid requirements regarding having a fully qualified first aider in the workplace. First aid candidates are required to pass an exam which is conducted by independent assessors.
First Aid at Work comes under the Health and Safety (HSE First Aid) Regulations 1981 which are part of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. All employers must provide suitable first-aid equipment, facilities and first aid personnel to enable first aid to be provided to employees if they are injured or become ill at work. The enforcing authority for first aid at work is the HSE (Health and Safety Executive)
The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require you to provide adequate and appropriate first-aid equipment, facilities and people so your employees can be given immediate help if they are injured or taken ill at work.
What is ‘adequate and appropriate’ will depend on the circumstances in your workplace and you should assess what your first-aid needs are
The minimum first-aid provision on any work site is:
a suitably stocked first-aid box
an appointed person to take charge of first-aid arrangements
information for employees about first-aid arrangements
It is important to remember that accidents and illness can happen at any time. First-aid provision needs to be available at all times people are at work.
Door supervisors are responsible for the safety of customers and staff in places such as pubs, bars and nightclubs. They spend most of their time at the entrance to the premises and check the suitability of people coming in.
There are about 200,000 qualified or licensed door supervisors working in the UK. Most work in pubs, bars and clubs in towns and cities. All door supervisors in England must have a license from the Security Industry Authority (SIA) in order to work. Door supervisors may earn the annual equivalent of between £17,000 and £28,000 a year. However, the majority are paid an hourly rate of between £8 and £12, possibly reaching £15.
They may refuse entry to anyone they consider unsuitable. They might also:
Collect tickets from people coming in,
Searching customers and their bags
Escort people out of the venue, if necessary
Deal with emergencies, such as fires or bomb threats.
To get a license, applicants must be over 18 and pass an identity and criminal record check. They must also have Level 2 National Certificate for Door Supervision and Conflict Management. A Door Supervisor licence is required if manned guarding activities are undertaken in relation to licensed premises, except where the activity only involves the use of CCTV equipment or falls within the definition of cash and valuables in transit or close protection. A Door Supervisor licence is required if you are performing this activity on behalf of yourself or your employer or your services are supplied for the purposes of or in connection with any contract to a consumer.
In relation to licensed premises means when those premises are open to the public, at times when alcohol is being supplied for consumption or regulated entertainment is being provided, on the premises.
Close protection can vary in cost, really depending on where you are in the world and the sort of risks you are possibly facing. So, it can cost anything from £300 per day per officer to £1000 per day per officer. Again, whether it be working in London or working in Columbia, Mexico, Turkey, Russia, New York, it really does depend on the threat that they are facing as to how much it costs.
As a female within the close protection industry, you can stand to make in excess of £80,000 a year. As a man within the industry, you can make in excess of at least £45,000 a year. When you join the security industry and you dedicate yourself to being a close protection officer, you almost take an oath, because you could be transported virtually anywhere around the world; but equally, you're not always going to go to the most glamorous locations.
Close Protection is the term that used within the security industry to describe the physical protection of an individual who is at risk. Close protection officers (CPOs), or bodyguards, keep clients safe from unwanted attention or physical harm. To get a license, applicants must be aged over 18 and have a first aid at work qualification, pass a close protection qualification recognized by the SIA, and pass a criminal record check.
A Close Protection licence is required when guarding one or more individuals against assault or against injuries that might be suffered in consequence of the unlawful conduct of others. This applies if your services are supplied for the purposes of or in connection with any contract to a consumer.
Some of their work includes:
Risk & Threat Assessment
Protecting their clients from threats of physical violence
Checking out premises before the client arrives
Installing surveillance equipment
Accompanying the client on business and social trips
Although similar, these two roles are normally held to be slightly different. A bodyguard is a visible guardian of a high-profile individual, such as a celebrity attending a red-carpet event. By contrast, a close protection officer is less visible: they will be more clandestine, perhaps even undercover, but nonetheless maintaining security provision and watching for potential threats at all times.
Surveillance is an invaluable tool to gain intelligence/evidence on a person’s activities. As such more and more professionals are seeking our service to gain the upper hand in legal and domestic disputes. If you believe you are under surveillance then all you need to do is contact us and we will discuss ways in which we can help. Additionally if we detect you are under surveillance we will offer a day’s training which will give you the necessary skills to detect and elude surveillance teams.
Regalis Group can provide our services throughout the world. Previous operations overseas have been very successful in meeting our objectives despite working in unfamiliar and sometimes hostile surroundings. We have a verity of foreign speaking operators giving us the flexibility to blend in with locals and not stand out as tourists. As with every operation, we would require as much information as possible prior to our deployment.
Regalis group are working closely with the SIA to determine which qualification will be necessary to apply for a license. We are currently running LEVEL 3 AWARD FOR PROFESSIONAL INVESTIGATORS course which is approved by EDI. Once completed you will be eligible to apply for the SIA License upon it is introduction in UK. Our specialist’s instructors have a vast experience in the industry with previous employment in Government Agencies.
If you would like to talk to us about using our service then you can contact us through our email address firstname.lastname@example.org< or telephone us on: 0207 704 2555. We can then discuss your requirements and arrange the relevant details.
Simple, our clients’ needs will always come first. Most companies will snatch any job the second it arrives and then simply see if they can find enough people cheap enough to cover it. Regalis Group will asses every single job prior to accepting it. If we believe the budget will not achieve the results our clients have come to expect then we will simply turn it down and give the best honest advice we can on ways of dealing with their situation. We have a select group of operators that are constantly updating their tactics and equipment to maintain the professional service they deliver. All of our operators have previous involvement in Military, Police and Government covert surveillance operations.
Every single case is different and therefore it is not possible to give an accurate description of costs without the details of what will be involved. The amount of man power differs significantly depending on location and requirements. As a result, surveillance varies in its cost.
Surveillance is the observation and recording of an individual without their knowledge to develop an accurate understanding of their activities during a pre-designated time period.. This could be in a variety of contexts – industrial, personal and legal. Surveillance is commonly undertaken utilizing a variety of different means, both personal and technological – but whatever your needs we can cater for them.
As with any industry, you will only maintain your position in a professional capacity if you are able to provide the standard that is expected. We will obviously see firsthand the qualities our student’s possess and by the end of the course we will have a firm understanding on each operator’s capabilities. If you meet our high expectations we will gladly include you into our team of active operators.