Laws of Other Countries Governing Private Security Sector

Singapore The Singapore Private Security Industry Act came into effect in October 2010. Security companies and personnel involved in the provision of security and investigation services for reward are now required to be licensed. The Security Industry Regulatory Department of the Singapore Police Force is responsible for managing the licensing scheme and related matters.

The Security Industry Regulatory Department was set up on 1 September 2004. Since then, SIRD has worked towards enhancing the standards of the security industry by:

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Introducing a rigorous basic training and testing regime Developing a comprehensive set of policies and directives covering the Auxiliary Police Force (APF) operations, logistics, manpower and training


Embarking on a comprehensive auditing regime

The Singapore Private Security Industry Act outlines the licensing procedure that must be taken by private security agencies. It emphasizes who are private investigators and who are not, and who security officers are and what security agencies are. The same act also provided for inspection powers and

(b) to keep under review generally the provision of security industry services and other services involving the activities of security operatives. United Kingdom The Private Security Act of 2001 provides that there shall be a body corporate to be known as the Security Industry Authority. to monitor the activities and effectiveness of persons carrying on businesses providing any such services as are mentioned in paragraph (b).enforcement of licensing officers. (c) for the purpose of protecting the public. The law is simply worded and relatively short which also contains penal provisions. (d) to ensure the carrying out of such inspections as it considers necessary of the activities and businesses of² . The Security Industry Authority has the following functions: (a) to carry out the functions relating to licensing and approvals that are conferred on it by this Act.

(i) persons engaged in licensable conduct. (f) to make recommendations and proposals for the maintenance and improvement of standards in the provision of security industry services and other services involving the activities of security operatives. The UK Private Security Industry Act is a detailed law outlining the functions of Security Industry Authority. training and levels of supervision for adoption by² (i) those who carry on businesses providing security industry services or other services involving the activities of security operatives. and (ii) those who are employed for the purposes of such businesses. (g) to keep under review the operation of this Act. approved . (e) to set or approve standards of conduct. and (ii) persons registered under section 14 as approved providers of security industry services. licence requirements for PSAs.

Oversight of the quality or content of training Any statutes pertaining to the use of surveillance technology in mass private spaces . The law also contains penal provisions. entry. Training requirements. and. Education or experience requirements. The following criteria can be used to assess the responsiveness of laws regulating the private security industry: y y y y y Requirements for background checks of prospective security officers. Statutes granting security officers the power to detain and search suspects. inspection and information privilege of the licensing authority.

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