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BSIA promotes security agenda at party conferences

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has announced it will be promoting the views and requirements of the UK's private security industry at the forthcoming conferences being hosted by two of the country's main political parties. 

In order to do this, meetings have been attended and are being planned with a range of police and crime commissioners (PCCs), think tanks, peers, MPs and other ministers at the Labour Party conference - which is underway this week (September 22nd to 26th) - and the Conservative Party conference next week (September 29th to October 3rd). 

Business licensing and regulation for manned security staff and other industry-specific considerations is at the forefront of the BSIA's agenda for these events. Discussions are also expected to focus on garnering support for grant funding, which would allow security firms and professionals to export their services to a wider range of growing markets in other countries all over the world. 

Chief executive officer of the BSIA James Kelly will be on hand to raise awareness of the industry and the challenges it faces throughout the fortnight of discussions &meetings. He is also set to champion the views and needs of members of the Association. 

Members of all the major political parties have already pledged their support to the BSIA's cause, in addition to a significant number of PCCs. It was noted that many of the latter professionals use private security professionals to provide back-office support to their police forces. This allows their officers to focus more of their professional efforts on important matters like front-line duty. 

A significant number of MPs are set to receive their first ever briefing from the BSIA, which means that this year's conference season will see the security industry body almost double its contact with Parliamentarians compared with previous years. 

Shadow home affairs minister for private security Baroness Smith of Basildon, shadow minister for policing Jack Dromey, secretary of state for the environment, food and rural affairs and former secretary of state for Northern Ireland Owen Paterson and chairman of the Welsh affairs select committee David Davies are among those set to meet with Mr Kelly. 

The BSIA chief said: "The standards set and maintained by industry regulation and licensing is key to the ability of police forces across the UK to place their trust in private security suppliers."

Reflecting on the number of meetings with Parliamentarians that have been planned, he added that it is essential for the next government to continue to provide this kind of reassurance to the security industry and national police force alike through regulatory and legislative measures. 

"With the 2015 General Election just around the corner, it is important that the BSIA continues to engage with all parties to ensure that our industry is fully represented in the crucial policy development period running up to the election," Mr Kelly commented. 

"The BSIA is proud of its role as the voice of the UK's private security industry and we are looking forward to building upon our success at conference to actively represent our members needs," he continued. 

 

Posted by Andrew Miller

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