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NI Has nothing To Fear

by msecadm4921

Security companies have nothing to fear and everything to gain from the forthcoming regulation of the industry in Northern Ireland. So says Government minister Paul Goggins in a SIA document about upcoming security sector badging to bring the region into the same regime as the rest of the UK.

You can view the eight-page document at the publications part of the SIA website.<br><br>One reason that Northern Ireland has been the last part of the UK to come under licensing – first came England and Wales, then Scotland – is its troubled recent history. More practically: if contract security guards and door supervisers were convicted of Troubles-related offences, should they get a badge? As the SIA document details, the SIA is at pains to do things legally according to how Northern Ireland has dealt with the issue, ever since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. <br><br>The document says: ‘The fact that an offence was conflict related and pre-dates the Good Friday Agreement will be taken into account when considering the whole of a person’s criminal record. We are working with interested parties to ensure that we can verify when an offence can be properly considered as conflict-related.’ <br><br>The SIA points to a judgement that if a person has been released under the Good Friday Agreement and has been determined as ‘no longer a danger to society’, those are relevant considerations as to whether or not someone can have a licence to work as a taxi driver.<br><br>Also quoted is NI government auvice to employers that a Troubles-related offence should not be taken into account ‘unless it is materially relevant to the employment being sought’. What makes SIA-badging of security people more complicated and controversial than former paramilitaries entering non-security employment is that – as in the Republic of Ireland – paramilitaries are suspected of making money from crime – smuggling and pub and club door rackets and demanding money from legitimate businesses. <br><br>As for the approved contractor scheme, companies that operate both sides of the border in Ireland may have already gone through Public Security Authority (PSA, www.psa.gov.ie) schemes in the Republic.

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