How To Become A Security Guard

Do Security Guards Have To Identify Themselves

Compulsory licensing of individuals operating in certain areas of the private security industry is one of the Security Industry Authority's key responsibilities.

Once the SIA has given a license, the bearer must display the badge so that it may be viewed by the general public. This is a mandatory license condition that, if not followed, can result in harsh consequences for the license holder. The SIA can:

  • give a written warning to the person, which will be considered in future licensing
  • revoke or suspend the license that is already in place
  • pursue the individual for violating the terms of his or her license under the criminal offence under Section 9 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001

There are a few circumstances in which security personnel can function without displaying their SIA license:

  • while working undercover
  • after reporting the loss or theft of the SIA license to SIA

When a person wears a badge, it usually serves as a means of identifying that person to others. As a result, the general public frequently believe they have the right to get the name and/or license number of a SIA license holder upon request. Security personnel, on the other hand, frequently deal with aggressive individuals, and being identifiable to anyone might jeopardize their safety. To safeguard them, section 19 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 states that only a relevant person (licensed official, SIA inspector, or constable) has the authority to demand that a security guard show him his SIA license. As a result, the general public has no legal right to know a security guard's name or SIA number. The SIA license is worn not as an identify, but as proof that the person wearing it has the right and training to conduct the profession.

Using unlicensed security personnel is illegal, thus organizations that use SIA personnel must have the necessary documents on hand and conduct frequent license checks on them. The SIA program achieves its purpose of making all security personnel identifiable and accountable for their conduct by tracing them through the companies they work for. The SIA will only investigate reports of illegal activity, such as working without a license, violating SIA licensing requirements, or committing a crime that could jeopardize their licensable position. As a result, the first point of contact if you have a complaint about a security guard should be the company where he works. The complaint will be investigated.

Security personnel provide a feeling of security and peace to business owners, employees, and customers, and they should always be ambassadors of customer service.

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