SIA

SIA Connection Number

SIA Connection Number
Head Office 118 057

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SIA Head Office Address

Department Location
Head Office Security Industry Authority
PO Box 49768
London
WC1V 6WY

 

The SIA, or “Security Industry Authority” is the official regulating body for private security services in the UK. Answerable directly to the Home Office, the SIA acts to watch over and regulate the UK’s blossoming security industry, and does so largely through the use of permissive licences allowing operators to work the field.

Any security operation without SIA licensing is operating illegally – so the agency is able to ensure that, by acting as legal gatekeepers of the security industry, only the best are allowed to serve.

Every year, the SIA moves to provide licenses to qualifying contractors, and to assess those contractors already licensed using its Approved Contractor Scheme, ensuring that they are still within the parameters set by SIA for the security industry and making sure that they continue to act in the public interest, rather than against it. As the nature of security work naturally lends itself to volatile situations and situations involving skewed power dynamics and use of authority, a noncompliant agency could cause significant damage to the public; therefore, the SIA takes its job seriously, and works to ensure the safety of the public at all times.

If you want to call the SIA, we regret to inform you that it is no longer in service – however, you may still be able to get into contact using contact details found on their official website.

SIA FAQs Expanded

Why Would I Need To Contact the SIA?

Your reasons for getting in touch with the SIA are as diverse and varied as the operations and implications of private security in a chaotic world. Your call may be incoming to SIA for reasons including, but certainly not limited to:

  • Reporting the occurrence of an incident involving private security
  • Making an enquiry about the demands of the SIA on private security firms
  • Applying for an exciting career with the SIA
  • Applying for a license from the SIA to undertake security work
  • To make a complaint about the SIA
  • To enquire about contact details and other information on private security agencies

 

Individual Licensing From SIA

If you want to apply for an SIA licence, there is an obvious requirement to match the criteria set by the authority;

  • You must be 18+ years of age
  • You must have completed the training required for your licence
  • You must have a clean criminal record (this will be checked for you)

For one person applying on their own, the application fee is £220, and the licence covers 3 years – for the same fee, a one-year licence can be purchased which covers vehicle immobilisation, using techniques like clamping, netting and hamboning.

The application fee must be paid upon application, and cannot be refunded: luckily, the SIA have pledged to complete and return 80% of all correctly-completed applications within a month of reception, with the clock running from the day the application is made.

That one-month timer will reset if you need to provide more information, however, so if you’re in a rush, be careful over filling in the forms!

SIA Services

The SIA is the official regulating body for private security services in the UK. Answerable directly to the Home Office, the SIA acts to watch over and regulate the UK’s blossoming security industry, and does so largely through the use of permissory licences allowing operators to work the field.

Any security operation without SIA licensing is operating illegally – so the agency is able to ensure that, by acting as legal gatekeepers of the security industry, only the best are allowed to serve.

As such, the primary services offered  by the SIA follow on logically: licensing those fit to serve as private security personnel and assessing those already licensed to ensure they remain  up to standard.

The two responsibilities are acted out by the careful licensing of those seeking to work in the private security industry, particularly in licence-restricted areas such as manned guarding, CCTV surveillance and handling of CCTV data, to ensure that they are competent and adequately trained, with larger companies incurring larger bills for licensing their staff.

The second piece of the SIA licensing puzzle is the Approved Contractor Scheme, which assesses existing license holders, inspecting them to ensure that the standards of performance, professionalism and training that were instrumental in their licensing are still applicable.

As the SIA perceives the situation, an unregistered and potentially dubiously-capable or unsuited individual providing security services poses a threat to the public at large; by serving their purpose upon the security industry and working unceasingly towards the full regulation of the security industry, SIA are protecting all of us.

If you are unsure whether you hold a SIA licence, or need to know where the parameters of the licence come into effect, get in touch with SIA today. Unfortunately, their contact number is no longer in service, but you may be able to find their contact details by calling checking online or calling 118.

SIA FAQs Expanded

What sort of SIA licence will I need?

SIA provides a choice of two types of licence to its contractors – be careful to apply for the one that covers your remit, as they are no designed to overlap, and by getting the wrong one you may not be covered to work.

These two licences are the Front Line Licence, which is legally required for those doing “Hands-on” security work, like those manning cameras, those manually guarding areas, and those involved with “boots on the ground” work. It is only the size of a bank card, and is easy to keep on your person at all times;

And the non-front-line licence, which is required by anyone managing, employing or directing security agencies, including the heads of companies. It is the size of a letter.

What’s the price of an SIA Security licence?

If you want to apply for an SIA licence, there is an obvious requirement to match the criteria set by the authority;

  • You must be 18+ years of age
  • You must have completed the training required for your licence
  • You must have a clean criminal record (this will be checked for you)

For one person applying on their own, the application fee is £220, and the licence covers 3 years – for the same fee, a one-year licence can be purchased which covers vehicle immobilisation, using techniques like clamping, netting and hamboning.

The application fee must be paid upon application, and cannot be refunded: luckily, the SIA have pledged to complete and return 80% of all correctly-completed applications within a month of reception, with the clock running from the day the application is made.

That one-month timer will reset if you need to provide more information, however, so if you’re in a rush, be careful over filling in the forms!

What is SIA security training?

SIA security training is a form of government-sanctioned personnel training which aims to ensure that every private security contractor can be held to the same standard and qualified with a recognised standard qualification. In order to apply for an SIA front-line licence, you will need to earn at least one of these qualifications – call the 118 number if you are unsure which one..

How much is SIA security training?

SIA training is not standardised across the board – the training is instead priced at a level which varies as much as the training does. With each level of training, the price varies – and the same with the modules on offer and the levels that they are required for; allowing every single applicant to tailor their experience and training completely to their task.

What is the SIA?

The SIA is the official regulating body for private security services in the UK. Answerable directly to the Home Office, the SIA acts to watch over and regulate the UK’s blossoming security industry, and does so largely through the use of permissory licences allowing operators to work the field.

Any security operation without SIA licensing is operating illegally – so the agency is able to ensure that, by acting as legal gatekeepers of the security industry, only the best are allowed to serve.

As such, the primary services offered  by the SIA follow on logically: licensing those fit to serve as private security personnel and assessing those already licensed to ensure they remain  up to standard.

If you are unsure whether you should hold a SIA licence, or need to know where the parameters of the licence come into effect, get in touch with SIA today. Unfortunately, their contact number is no longer in service, but you may be able to find their contact details by calling checking online or calling 118.

About the SIA

Set up by the Home Office of Great Britain in 2003, the SIA came to be as the result of the Private Security Act of 2001. This act destabilised the private security industry in the UK, and created a need for adequate licensing and monitoring of the new industry players. The agency set up to deal with this was the SIA, which still stands as the bastion of correct security protocol to this day; deirectly descended from the hand of the Home Office, protector of the security industry and the public alike. To contact the SIA, you can call 118 or look online; unfortunately, their direct-contact line is no longer in service.