Security Industry Authority – Buying Manned Security Services
click Dave Humphries, Director of Partnerships and Interventions at the Security Industry Authority, speaks to HSE International about ensuring quality in the UK’s private security industry.
Security services are probably not your main business. You need security to protect your staff, premises, equipment and other assets – you want security to operate in the background while you get on with the things that you do best. Unfortunately, experience of reporting in the media shows that it is often the high profile name of you, the buyer, that makes the headlines when something goes wrong, not the security contractor.
buy roaccutane online HOW CAN YOU ENSURE THAT YOU BUY QUALITY SECURITY SERVICES?
The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is the government regulator of the private security industry throughout the UK. When you buy-in manned guarding services, the individuals employed will have been licensed by the SIA. If they’re not, then the company supplying them and the individuals themselves are breaking the law. *
The SIA also runs the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS), which provides a recognised hallmark of quality within the private security industry. The scheme helps anyone who buys security services to make decisions based on quality and value.
Your brand could be at risk if you buy low quality security that goes wrong. Don’t forget that the first and last person your clients meet at your premises are often the people providing the security!
Contracting out your security services can bring substantial benefits but it is not without risk – making poor decisions at the procurement stage could cost you dearly in the long term. Whether you are a Security Manager, a Procurement Specialist or a Company Director, you need to consider: “What are the right questions I should ask of the people who I am going to trust with my business assets, staff protection and premises security?” An ACS security supplier will work with you to evaluate your security needs and keep them up to date.
ACS businesses can also assist with a pre-market assessment, prior to the formal invitation to tender. This gives you the opportunity to evaluate your security needs with an experienced professional before the tender is published. You should also consider adding ACS membership as a condition within the invitation to tender.
The ACS was created by parliamentary statute, and it is a criminal offence for a business to claim to be a member when it is not. ACS companies are rigorously assessed against over 80 performance indicators across nine essential criteria; helping you to make decisions that are based on quality and value.
If a security supplier provides very low hourly rates for provision of security, this could be an indication of legal requirements being breached – which may impact on insurance cover and have further consequences. The SIA works closely with other agencies including the police, HMRC’s National Minimum Wage enforcement teams and UK Immigration Enforcement. We prosecute offenders through the criminal courts.
The recent terrorist events in Manchester and London have demonstrated that security personnel are often the people in direct contact with threats as they emerge. These tragic but exceptional events highlight the importance of high quality private security services with well-trained and competent staff.
When you choose a security supplier who is a Security Industry Authority approved contractor, you can be sure that the business you are working with has been independently checked and is one of the top suppliers in the sector.
You can learn more about the benefits of using an Approved Contractor in the SIA booklet: “What’s in it for you?”
* The Private Security Industry Act 2001
THE NINE ESSENTIAL CRITERIA OF THE ACS
The ACS standard encompasses key requirements found in ISO9000 and Security Industry British Standards, whilst challenging the industry to review its approaches in other areas covered by the EFQM Excellence Model.
It consists of nine criteria, listed below. Each of the nine criteria is broken down into a number of sub-criteria that, when met, demonstrate how excellent service delivery and sound business management are achieved.
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3 Commercial Relationship Management
4 Financial Management
8 Corporate Social Responsibility
1 Cash and Valuables in Transit
2 Close Protection
3 Door Supervision
4 Public Space Surveillance (CCTV)
5 Security Guard
6 Key Holding
7 Immobilisation, Restriction and Removal of Vehicles (NI only)
8 Non-Frontline (Directors, Managers, Supervisors)
The SIA works with partnership agencies to inform the security industry about current developments that could impact security service delivery. Some of the issues we work on include:
- Counter Terrorism
- Child Sexual Exploitation
- Modern Slavery
- Violence Reduction
For more information on the Security Industry Authority, visit www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk
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