Last month saw the SIA introduce new top-up training requirements for close protection operatives.

The new requirements include a first aid qualification and new top-up training in physical intervention skills, knowledge of door supervision responsibilities, and terror threat awareness before renewal.

Terror threat awareness training is especially prominent as it coincides with the introduction of The Protect Duty, which is set to assess and take steps to mitigate the risk of terrorist attacks and would apply to both the public and private event sectors alike. This new legislation is championed by victim’s groups, including Martyn’s Law campaign, which was established by Figen Murray following the tragic loss of her son at the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017. 

This update in policy follows the introduction of revised close protection qualifications for new applicants brought in by the SIA in April. The latest renewal requirements will help to ensure that close protection operatives, new and existing, have the skill set to ensure the safety of themselves, their clients, and the public.

Steve McCormick, the SIA’s Director of Licensing and Standards said:

This work to increase the skills of every licensed operative through strengthened training and qualifications is a crucial component in increasing public trust and confidence in the industry. This trust is critical to delivering on our commitment to improved public protection.

Securitatem Consultancy’s close protection operatives are all trained to the highest standards and have reputable backgrounds from the Police, military, and security industry. All our close protection operatives are licensed under the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and fully vetted under UK Law Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

To find out about the new requirements – Visit the SIA.

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