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SSAIB assesses first company to new British Standard for Investigative Services

The Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) recently completed an assessment of Probe Investigations (UK) Ltd in a pilot scheme that tested the company against the newly-published British Standard 102000: 2013 Code of Practice for the Provision of Investigative Services.

The Liverpool-based professional investigation firm achieved the requirements of the draft standard prior to its publication, and is the first such company that SSAIB has assessed against BS 102000:2013.

This new Code of Practice provides recommendations for the conduct, management, staffing and operational accountability around the provision of investigative services, and can be used by investigative services buyers/customers.

SSAIB assessor Brian Nuttall presented Probe Investigations’ managing director Peter Farrington with a Certificate of Registration at a seminar hosted by the Association of British Investigators.

SSAIB assessor Brian Nuttall presents Probe Investigations’ md Peter Farrington with a Certificate of Registration at a seminar hosted by the Association of British Investigators

SSAIB assessor Brian Nuttall presents Probe Investigations’ md Peter Farrington with a Certificate of Registration at a seminar hosted by the Association of British Investigators

Commenting on the company’s achievement, Farrington said: “The SSAIB is a specialist certification body and this successful assessment will only enhance Probe’s commitment to full compliance and commitment in the competitive investigations sector.”

The news follows on from the announcement (on 31 July this year) of the Government’s intentions to regulate private investigation activities, starting some time in 2014.

The new British Standard has been developed to help providers of investigative services demonstrate their accountability at a time when the Government is implementing the licensing of such services.

About the SSAIB

Founded in 1994 and based in Tyne & Wear, SSAIB is a leading certification body for organisations providing electronic security systems, security guarding services, fire protection, alarm and telecare services systems in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In addition to its product schemes, the SSAIB offers a range of management systems certification schemes (including ISO 9001 quality management systems certification and ISO 14001 environmental management systems certification).

Over 1,500 companies are now on the SSAIB’s register.

For further information visit: http://www.ssaib.org

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ABI reaches agreement with SAFE to run the ABI Academy

The Association of British Investigators (ABI) has announced that it has reached agreement with training company SAFE to run the ABI Academy.

The Academy – which will provide access to ABI-approved training and IQ qualifications in response to the emerging requirements for Security Industry Authority (SIA) licensing and other ABI training initiatives – is designed to provide an effective platform for the educational activities of the ABI.

Under the agreement, the ABI Academy will use SAFE expertise and resources to operate a quality hub centre for trainers wishing to offer IQ Qualifications but who perhaps require back office assistance, provide learning materials for providers, and work with IQ to approve third party training as part of the ABI Approved Trainer Scheme.

Tony Imossi: President of the ABI

Tony Imossi: President of the ABI

Tony Imossi, president of the ABI said: “The ABI is aware that the market for training in advance of licensing is already beginning to move. It’s important to the Association that it provides the best possible advice to its members and those wishing to undertake training.”

Imossi continued: “While the SIA is still to finally confirm the requirements for training, we’re sufficiently confident that the current awards offered will be recognised in full, perhaps with the requirement for some top up training after the Home Office has completed its consultation. For those wishing to prepare early for licensing, the Academy should be a useful addition.”

Gary Scruby, executive director at SAFE, explained: “We’re delighted to be working with the ABI. SAFE has some eight years of experience in running qualifications quality hub operations and providing learning resources, and we look forward to using this experience in support of the private investigation sector.”

In addition, Scruby commented: “Details for approving ABI Academy Approved Training Providers will be published later this month. We expect the Academy to be operational early in December.”

Full details of the Academy contact numbers and procedures will be included on the SAFE and ABI websites by early December.

For advance information contact Gary Scruby at SAFE on (tel) 01952 457452

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