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SIAs Scots Visits

by msecadm4921

Investigators from the Security Industry Authority (SIA) last week visited a number of Scottish security directors and managers to forewarn them that they could face penalties if they deploy unlicensed staff after the November 1 licensing date.

The 20 security companies are considered by the SIA to be at ‘high risk’ of not being in a position to be able to supply sufficient licensed security staff after November.

Senior employees of the companies were asked to read and sign a compliance notice acknowledging that they understood the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 (PSIA 2001), their obligations under the Act, and the consequences of not complying with the law.

Jennifer Pattinson, SIA Head of Investigation for Scotland said: "The security directors we visited cannot claim ignorance over their legal obligations under the PSIA 2001. Security companies have been aware that SIA licensing is coming to Scotland for some time but I am concerned that, with just over seven weeks before the offence date, there are still companies who are not adequately prepared."

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