When you’ve made the decision to invest in a security strategy or security guards, it is more than likely that you’ll want to be able to rely on a trustworthy provider and have a breakdown of exactly what you’re getting for your money.
One way to ensure you’re always aware of your monies worth is to hire fully trained and vetted SIA security guards, like those at Churchill Security, and here’s just a brief outline of why it is so important.
The Security industry Authority (SIA) was created by the government to protect your business. By regulating the private security industry effectively, businesses have seen a reduction in criminality, raised standards of services and personnel, and a clear picture of quality of service. When a guard holds an SIA licence, you can ensure that the private security operative is fully trained and vetted to complete his/her job.
The Home Office says,
‘The SIA recognises that it is essential for security personnel to have undergone a structured programme of learning and education resulting in recognised qualifications if they are to be effective and professional in their role’.
Any security guard who is fully licensed by the SIA will have been trained to respond proficiently to any situation they may experience out in the field. Broken down to three core areas, trainees begin by learning the essentials of common security industry knowledge including; awareness of the law in the private security industry, health and safety, fire awareness, emergency procedures and communication skills with customer care. Following this the SIA will develop this initial training into specialist sections where training officers have the opportunity to learn any of the following services in depth; patrolling, access and egress control, technology and systems in the security environment, security officers, the law and communication, reporting and record keeping; all of which are essential services to us as each guard will more than likely need to have at least a basic understanding of each when they are out in the field protecting your worth.
The Private Security Industry Act was brought in to regulate the private security industry in England and Wales in 2001, following this it was implemented in Scotland (2007) and Northern Ireland (2009). Since then there has been many changes to the accreditation, and despite scrutiny of its effectiveness (what act isn’t scrutinised?), it remains and both ourselves and our existing clients can see the clear benefits of hiring security guards that hold a full license. Always carrying your best interests at heart, the SIA is there to protect the public by delivering value and developing its people and organisation in line with demand and trends at the time.
Churchill Security is a proud SIA vetted security guard provider because it only offers security personnel who are fully trained and vetted to the highest industry standards.