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Stewards And SIA

by msecadm4921

It’s official: in-house sports stewards will not need SIA licences after all.

Home Office Minister, Vernon Coaker, wrote to those who responded to the Home Office Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) consultation on the regulation of security guards at sports grounds and other events, on August 16. The letter outlined proposed amendments to remove some security guards at some sports grounds from the remit of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 (PSIA). A full response to the RIA will be published in the autumn.

SIA point

The SIA points out that it’s important for the sports and security industry to recognise that the proposed amendment will only apply to security staff directly employed by the sports grounds. Licensing of contract security staff is unaffected and it remains a legal requirement for them to hold an SIA licence. ‘Stewards’ who do not have a security function, and volunteers, are not within the scope of the PSIA and do not require an SIA licence.

According to the SIA, the proposed amendment does not affect large numbers of security staff; it only affects in-house security staff who engage in security activities in relation to licensed (liquor / entertainment) areas of sports grounds that are covered by a safety certificate.

See the September print issue of Professional Security.

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