UKCMA urges industry to consult on proposed phase to self-regulation

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UKCMAThe UK Crowd Management Association is urging industry professionals to give their views on a consultation, which proposes that the security industry carries out a phased move towards self-regulation.

The events industry has until January 15 to respond to the Home Office consultation, which outlines plans for a new regulatory regime for the private security industry.

The UK Crowd Management Association (UKCMA) has always supported the SIA in its aims to improve standards and public confidence in the private security sector. The new regime would allow industry to play a greater role. However, the UKCMA does believe that there are areas which need clarification and further explanation:

  • • Individuals entering the business may have an unclear, restrictive route to attain a license
  • • In the absence of an independent central body, who will own and manage all of the license data, could this create a data privacy problem?
  • • There is an underlying assumption that the industry has matured sufficiently since the PSIA 2001 to take on self regulatory responsibility, the industry faces a real danger of becoming fractured under an unelected regime.
  • • A body run by unelected private heads of business is likely to favour commercial interests and biases rather than the needs of the wider industry.
  • • The public confidence built over the last decade in the private security sector could soon be diminished in a sector awarding its own licenses.
  • • The likely make up of the new overarching authority will be dominated by the static guarding sector rather than event specialists, which would be a very regressive step for the live events sector.

To respond to the consultation, click here.