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SIA licences now required in Scotland

01 November 2007

From 1st November comes into line with England and Wales where it is compulsory for individuals working in certain sectors of the private security industry in Scotland to hold a Security Industry Authority licence.

With Scotland joining England and Wales there is now one security regulatory body with a single set of security licences for the whole of Great Britain. The SIA has worked closely with the Scottish Government, Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland, (ACPOS) and the security industry in Scotland to ensure that all those who required a licence were aware of the legislation and could be ready for 1 November.

To date, over 247,000 people are licensed to work in the regulated securityindustry throughout Great Britain and there are 398 companies recognised as SIA Approved Contractors.

Kenny MacAskill, Scottish Minister for Justice said: "1 November heralds a new era for the private security industry in Scotland. Much work has been done over recent years to develop the private security industry and to ensure that it plays a full role in helping to protect the public. Regulation will assist this process by driving out the bad guys and continue the development of an industry for the 21st century.”

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