Headlines, PublicNet: 21 October, 2001

The Home Office is seeking to recruit people to fill the posts of chief executive and chairman of the soon to be created Security Industry Authority. The SIA will regulate and licence the activities of an estimated 300,000 privately employed security operatives. The industry includes manned guarding, door supervisors, wheel-clampers, security consultants, private investigators and keyholders.Responsibilities will include licensing individuals employed in the industry as well as those working under contract. The authority will also run a voluntary ‘Inspected Companies Scheme’ and award a ‘quality mark’ for companies who meet specified standards. It will seek to raise professional standards, for example by ensuring that wheel-clamping companies follow a detailed code of practice.

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