The UK is filled with regulatory bodies, licensing bureaus, and other such monitoring organisations. If you’ve ever applied for a license or applied for a job, you’ll have dealt with one, two, or ten governing bodies.
The DVLA controls driving licenses. OFCOM monitor and regulate TV. The Inland Revenue, the pantomime villain of regulatory bodies, reigns over tax (if you are unaware of the animosity, just talk to someone filling out a self assessment self employed tax form).
So it goes without saying that the UK security sector is no different. Priority Watch Services are well aware of all of these organisations, and any aspiring security guard should be too. Regardless of which security sector you wish to go into – CCTV, close protection, door supervision, standard guard work, etc. – you will encounter one or more of these organisations.
The three below are the three biggest, and the three you are most likely to come across. There are more, but they are smaller and more specific.
British Security Industry Association
The biggest security association in Britain, the BSIA was formed over 40 years ago to offer multiple benefits to its members. They represent security companies up and down the scale – from small firms to global corporations. They regulate both physical security and security products manufactured on these shores.
As they account for 70% of the British security sector’s annual turnover, any worthwhile security firm will have obtained an SIA license. This recommendation can go a long way, as can their training accreditation, through their subsidiary training arm the SITO (Security Industry Training Organisation).
The BSIA not only regulate their members, but they also go to bat for them. As representatives of the majority of the UK security industry, they are always pushing to make work life easier for their numerous members.
Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board
While a bit of a mouth full, the SSAIB are a very important part of UK security governance. They are responsible for inspecting any and all alarm systems in the country. The outcomes of these systems failing can be dire, so they perform a vital service. Electronic alarms, fire alarms, and any other electronic security systems fall under their remit.
National Security Inspectorate
Security companies can not afford to be lazy or incompetent in what they do. Any weakness in a security system will be exploited, and the ramifications from that can be severe. It falls upon the NSI to make sure that these weaknesses do not happen.
As the inspection bureau, the NSI monitor a lot of aspects of everyday security, whether it be residential or corporate. If a company can get a certificate from the board, it shows that they are not only abiding by the law, but also operating to a higher quality than other. This makes said company look more trustworthy, which will undoubtedly impact positively on the company’s revenue.