Security Industry Authority Licensing Regulations within the Industry sign now

To: The Prime Minister Mr. Tony Blair, Home Secretary Mr. Charles Clarke

We, the undersigned, are greatly concerned about the lack of consultation that the Security Industry Authority (SIA), have imposed upon the Close Protection and Surveillance Industry regarding licenses. Though this is not a petition to ban the license outright and we do acknowledge and support the fact that our industry must be regulated, we are concerned however, as to the manner in which the SIA are making constantly changing demands regarding the criteria, to which licenses will be issued.

Some of these criteria are unachievable, such as providing Criminal Records Bureau checks to persons who have worked abroad within the past 5 years even in Third World and hostile countries such as Iraq where there are no facilities to obtain one.

The SIA have set a deadline date of 20th March 2006 for up to 10,000 operatives to gain their license, or face prosecution up to 6 months imprisonment or up to 5000 fine. The SIA are demanding payment of 190 per license, which we would like to see justified, and an explanation as to why some applicants have to pay twice if their original application is denied due to simple errors such as spelling mistakes.

Miss Sue Sheath , SIA, Head of Investigation, Wales, has recently stated that there are only 8 licenses out of thousands of registered operatives that been issued to date.

The SIA will bring our industry to a standstill knowing that 10,000 personnel would no longer be available to work within the United Kingdom, resulting in foreign nationals who provide protection coming into the United Kingdom, and operating without licenses, which would also be illegal. We believe that members within our industry should be treated fairly, after all, almost all have served our country in the armed forces and serve it still as civilian security operatives in hostile environments such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

A consulting group was set up to set the standards for the SIA, which consisted of personnel who operate in the close protection industry. This committee has now been excluded from all involvement regarding the ad hoc decisions the SIA are now making with no apparent reason given. The personnel that are heading licensing have no Close Protection or Surveillance experience and do not understand the protocols and disciplines of our industry.

The SIA is answerable only to the Home Secretary. We feel that the Department of Trade & Industry should be made responsible for regulating our industry as we serve high ranking officials such as foreign Royal Families, diplomats, CEOs and executives of the worlds largest corporations. If the SIA continue to enforce their regulations and adhere to their unworkable deadlines, these clients will be without the security services we provide leaving many of them vulnerable.

We would like this petition to be discussed in Parliament.

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Latest Signatures

  • 21 January 2016450. Idan Benb
    the SIA is running away with itself and abusing its mandate, even if only by the fact they they HAVE let unacceptable companies and costs infiltrate the system, as well as having non background persons become investigators and testers
  • 27 December 2015449. Johan M
    Sia = Private company!
  • 25 December 2015448. Jim Bmcd
    what is going to happen when most of the hands on expierience in the industry can no longer work legally
  • 24 December 2015447. Rachel L
    Its about time the SIA knew what they were talking about instead of just pretending.
  • 21 December 2015446. Paul G
  • 03 December 2015445. Martin Alexanderg
    A ridiculose knee jerk reaction.
  • 25 November 2015444. Jeanclaude H
    I run a company called Ex-Mil Recruitment Ltd (, and whilst I believe that the SIA regulations will be eventually a huge and beneficial asset to the UK Security industry, the high handed and draconian method of implementation from the SIA
  • 15 November 2015443. Mark C
    Where does our money go? Why don't the sia answer our questions? The sia is a shambles and needs sorting out!
  • 12 November 2015442. Gareth B
    Someone sit up and take notice of the above letter, I'm sure this has the potential to be a success but without the right informed people incharge it has become a farce.
  • 04 November 2015441. Duncan M
  • 30 September 2015440. G B
    The current licensing test is seriously flawed and has obviously been written by someone with very little or no operational knowledge of several aspects of the industry, indeed it could lead to death or serious injury if these flawed procedures were used
  • 22 September 2015439. Lance R
    This needs sorting ASAP, especially the Consultancy/Investigator Licensing whom are currently taking full advantage of the CP market at the moment, get the job parameters "clear & concise" before a good thing swifty becomes a bad thing.
  • 15 September 2015438. Craig F
    Dear Sirs, I add my voice to the growing concerns this petition puts forward. Please give it the attention it deserves, especially the area of the SIA having decision makers In place with insufficient WORKING knowledge of this particular aspect of the Sec
  • 13 September 2015437. Tony W
    The SIA needs to be more flexiable on this issue.
  • 12 September 2015436. David S
    I fully support this petition!
  • 04 September 2015435. Phil H
    The points raised by this petition deserve answers.
  • 03 September 2015434. Colin H
    Every week i see the "goal posts being moved with the SIA". They will not give a straight "YES or NO" if sent emails with questions.
  • 19 August 2015433. John H
    I strongly support this petition
  • 13 August 2015432. Paul R
    I am registered with the SIA as a Door Supervisor and have seen no change to suggest that things have changed for the better, I can not see how the SIA is going to police the CP sector of the industry. This is just another way of taking our money and givi
  • 31 July 2015431. Joseph B
    I agree with regulating the industry, but it is outrageous what private training facilities are charging to get guys a tick in the right box ,It is those companies that want regulating,it is daylight robbery and most of the trainers havn't a clue what thi
  • 26 July 2015430. Pascal C
    no comment
  • 02 July 2015429. Frank C
    Why pay the money to complete a course only to be told by the SIA that we have to pay an additional 190 for a piece of plastic but, before we can receive it we have to complete an assessment to prove that we qualify even though we have attained certificat
  • 26 June 2015428. Stephe Jc
    they are ball bags.every oprative out in theatre is doing the job the collective forces should be doing
  • 08 June 2015427. Roy Vanr
    I have operationa for close onn 16 years and have received training from premier international bodies and a foreign goverment,.yet on originally being advised that I would only be required to attend a 1 day assessment.I then have spent the last 4 monts at
  • 07 June 2015426. David M
    I fully agree with the letter, yet again we are being sold down the river, by this Goverment.
  • 07 June 2015425. Adam F
    SIA is just a money spinner for the government why do we have to suffer, we work hard for what we get, we should'nt have to give it to them they take enough, When will they be happy? when they take all of our wages!
  • 29 May 2015424. Stuart B
    Objective by the SIA is impracticable

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Francis BentonBy:
International PolicyIn:
Petition target:
Mr Tony Blair and Mr Charles Clarke at The Home Office


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