About us

We offer the chance to develop your career in a supportive environment working for an organisation committed to learning and development at the same time as contributing to public safety.

We are big enough that you will have the opportunity to develop your career but of a size where you will have a direct impact on us meeting our objectives.

Our mission is delivering proportionate regulation to the private security industry to reduce criminality and improve standards under the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Our vision is that our work results in reducing criminality and standards are raised in the private security industry so that the public is, and feels, safer.

What we do

The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry. We are an independent body reporting to the Home Secretary, under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Our remit covers the United Kingdom. We have two main duties. One is the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities within the private security industry; the other is to manage the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme, which measures private security suppliers against independently assessed criteria.

SIA licensing covers manned guarding (including security guarding, door supervision, close protection, cash and valuables in transit, and public space surveillance using CCTV), key holding and vehicle immobilising. Licensing ensures that private security operatives are ‘fit and proper’ persons who are properly trained and qualified to do their job.

Our Approved Contractor Scheme introduced a set of operational and performance standards for suppliers of private security services. Those organisations that meet these standards are awarded Approved Contractor status. This accreditation provides purchasers of private security services with independent proof of a contractor's commitment to quality.

Our work is wide ranging from counter terrorism training for security staff, to conducting routine checks at festivals to identify unlicensed security staff to supporting the drive to combat child sexual exploitation.

Our Objectives

Our strategic objectives fall under the following categories:

  Protecting the public - ensuring that only fit and proper people and organisations deliver regulated private security services.
  Customer service - delivering services which meet the needs of our customers.
  Delivering value - operating within our means and delivering value for money.
  Developing our people and organisation - ensuring our staff have the competencies and skills to perform effectively and maximise their potential.
  Delivering a phased transition to a new regulatory regime - working with the private security industry and other key stakeholders to develop the principles and framework for a new regulatory regime.