Latest News
What UK Police really think of SIA Security https://quickclicksecurity.com/news/What+UK+Police+really+think+of+SIA+Security/MTdfbmV3cw https://quickclicksecurity.com/news-images/1200/1556647243-95394.jpg How does local law enforcement really view SIA security and private security industry? The Security Research Initiative (SRI) surveyed more than 1,000 serving police officers questioning them on their professional view of the private security sect

What UK Police really think of SIA Security

April 30, 2019

How does local law enforcement really view SIA security and private security industry?

The Security Research Initiative (SRI) surveyed more than 1,000 serving police officers questioning them on their professional view of the private security sector.  Specifically they wanted to understand how individual officers felt about a collaboration between the two sectors – something which has become more and more of a regular occurrence due to resourcing issues and spikes in particular types of crimes. The survey considered what support, if any, there was for the immersion of private security into what has typically been “police work”.

The purpose of the survey was to look at what opportunities there were for the private security sector within UK law enforcement.

The report concluded that although both parties had a general interest in working collaboratively there was a still a substantial mistrust between the two - more specifically from the police.

Over 70% of the police felt that although they respected the excellent work of the private industry, they believed that private security plays only a minor role in protecting the public.  They saw value in a collaboration within limited confines and felt generally the private security industry did little to enhance the UK policing brand. 

The general perception from police officers of the private security industry and levels of trust was low.  Officers emphasised the vigorous training and disciplines they themselves were made to adhere to, and felt this was a key factor absent from the private security force.

Perhaps surprisingly, the SRI report also concluded that motivation in the private security sector to undertake police work is minimal at best.  The general consensus was that supporting or working with the police in the public space had its limitations.  Public trust, the police themselves and the pressure of greater responsibilities were contributing deterrents.

Many felt that a lack of leadership and planning in relation to such a collaboration was the reason why it had had limited success so far with the subsequent SRI report - ‘Towards a Strategy for Change for the Security Sector’, resolving that the potential of the private security industry had not adequately been harnessed and its role under played in public protection.

In reality the report notes that what is an obvious and rather major stumbling block is the law itself - which prohibits SIA security personnel from carrying any form of lethal weapon, even those used for self-defence.

The survey and report highlight a number of interesting considerations – at what many feel is a turning point in state policing.  Police Watchdog internal findings have revealed that the police force is facing a ‘national crisis’ in the number of new recruits joining the organisation.  This, alongside growing crime rates and an increase threat level in terrorism would suggest that a merger is needed and perhaps inevitable. 

Already, officials both in Law enforcement and the private industry have seen the potential benefits of private security assisting as first responders and working under delegated responsibility. Pilots are being rolled out in Scotland all through summer 2018 with a focus on the role that private security can have in counter terrorism.

Registertoday and keep up to date with latest news!

Share article
More News
Black Friday
Making the most of Black Friday 2020
With Black Friday now less tha...
job candidate being selected
CV writing- Moving ahead in jobs and careers
“To achieve great things, you need a pl...
5g cyber security
Cyber Security awareness month- 5G risks for security
The start of this year saw many conspiracy theorists comi...
covid bus curfew
Covid-19 curfews cutting frontline security hours?
We have previously touched on an
Cyber security awareness month- Ransomware and protection for businesses
October isn’t just known for Halloween and the end ...
Concierge desk job
Concierge security roles: building skills in an office environment
Many roles we see within the security industry are genera...
women in security work
Breaking gender boundaries in cybersecurity: Why do we need to do more?
Cybersecurity has become a focal point for the digital wo...
SIA receptionist greeting employee
SIA security roles: more than just being vigilant on the shopfloor or office building
For many people, the professional security industry is pe...
VS underwear model
How safe are your underwear? The impact of cybersecurity on retail outlets
This year has seen COVID-19 shape and transform various i...
Covid-19 testing
Male Security guards during COVID-19: Are they most at risk?
The past couple of months has seen an increase in demand ...
plush toy using computer
Cybersecurity training: Where to begin?
Our article earlier this month provided an insight into t...
airport security staff
SIA security guards after lockdown: Do we need more workers?
The recent updates on restrictions during lockdown has ch...
Patrick Hutchinson carrying protester
SIA Security workers: friends or enemies?
The past few weeks across the world have seen a series of...
Worker sleeping in office
Returning to work after lockdown: Are you prepared?
Monday 15th June marks a day for many of us go...
User accessing security VPN
Considering a career in cybersecurity?
For many of us during lockdown and this covid-19 pandemic...
talkaboutittuesday, Janina Lincke, Close Protection Officer, CPO, Emergency Medical Technician, EMT
Janina Lincke, Close Protection Officer (CPO) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Introducing our latest guest on #talkaboutitTuesdays Jani...
couple social distancing
Post-Lockdown: How to be social again
Last week, we touched upon les...
Passenger at station
05/06/2020- Weekly update
Happy Friday everyone! We hope that you have made the mos...
open shop sign
Weekly Update 29/05/2020
Last week of May! In the amids...
job candidate being selected
What factors are important when taking on a security job role?
The start of lockdown has impacted security job roles and...
Weekly Update 22/05/2020
Happy Friday everyone! We hope...
Weekly Update 15/05/2020
Happy Friday everyone! We hope...
Carl Kaitell, SIA licence holder, Business owner
And we are back with another #talkaboutitTuesdays! Today ...
COVID-19 and Making the Most of The Outdoors
With Boris Johnson delivering ...
08/05/2020- COVID-19 and Security Updates
Happy Friday everyone! We hope...
01/05/2020 Weekly update
Happy Friday and Happy 1s...
Ninah Nyongesa, Commercial, Lady Askari
Please meet Ninah Nyongesa our latest guest on
Financial and online support during Covid-19
Financial support during Covid...
Patrick Rogers, Senior Associate
This week we had an incredibly fascinating conversation w...
Steve McNulty, Business Development Manager
This week Quick Click Security had the pleasure of speaki...
Jacey Bloomberg, Director
A fantastically open and honest chat with Jacey Bloomberg...
COVID-19- Stay safe during the global pandemic
COVID-19, Coronavirus, glob...
Lee Oughton - Security Business Owner, talks to us on #talkaboutitTuesdays
A fantastic chat with security professional Lee Oughton, ...
Security Guards becoming the fourth Emergency Service?
Steve Barber from Norwich has worked as a doorman for the...
Should Door Supervisors wear Bodycameras?
Since 2016 the idea of Door Supervisors
What is the best footwear to buy for Security Guards
Many of your shifts have had specific uniform requirement...
Mental Health In the Security Industry
A study by the University of Portsmouth demonstrated the pot...
Bounty Hunter arresting assailant
Police Officer turned Bounty Hunter Offers his advice...
Youtuber Bounty Tank also known as Frank Tank Frazier is ...
SIA Investigation of Security Firm over "Cloned Licenses"
SIA Investigation shows the regulator is getting serious ...
The Rise of the Female
The rise of women in security has undoubtedly had, and wi...
Spiderman Policing
Private Security Policing - a step too far or is this wha...

You’re a quick click away from getting training and work to start your future.

Welcome Back