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Scotland improves security ahead of Commonwealth Games.

Security Industry Authority : 16 January, 2008  (Technical Article)
Glasgow is benefiting from improved security measures and training facilities to meet the stringent security demands of the 2014 Commonwealth Games which will be held there.
With the construction of buildings already underway for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, there are many areas of positive change occurring in Glasgow - provision of licensed private security personnel within the city is one of them. With this in mind, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) will be working with construction firms to ensure that they operate within the law.

From 1 November, it became illegal to work in certain designated security roles in Scotland without an SIA licence. With regulation, the Scottish security industry is taking significant steps to make sure that the security of its buildings, people and assets are now viewed as a priority.

The SIA is responsible for regulating the private security industry and has written to major contractors reminding them that, by law, only SIA licensed security guards can protect their sites. Failure to do so could lead to the prosecution of both individuals and their employer.

Liverpool has recently had a substantial increase in construction and regeneration projects due to its selection as European City of Culture 2008. Merseyside Police, working with the SIA, DWP, HMRC and Immigration, began Operation Seahog to check the legitimacy of security personnel and crack down on 'turf wars'. Since the launch of this campaign, over 620 construction sites have been visited leading to 138 criminal convictions. The SIA would like to see Glasgow achieve a similar success story.

As the success of the Games is paramount, the SIA is urging contractors to act now.

Jennifer Pattinson, SIA Head of Investigation for Scotland, said: "It is an extremely exciting time for the people of Glasgow. The successful bid for the Commonwealth Games will bring great prosperity to the city.

"Along with other businesses, the construction industry in Scotland will benefit from a more professional private security service. Those working in the security industry have already begun to see the introduction of licensing as a positive development.

"With the success of Operation Seahog in driving out criminality and driving up standards in security provision, we want to work closely with the Scottish construction industry and our police partners as we all have a job to do in ensuring the Games are a success.

"It is vital that only trained, qualified and checked security staff are allowed to work on these sites. The construction phase is going to be ongoing, so we will be keeping an eye on its progress."
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