Regulation of UK Private Detectives For Private Detective Manchester in Greater Manchester

Regulation of UK Private Detectives For Private Detective Manchester in Greater Manchester

In 2013, the Home Secretary made an announcement of the Government’s target for the Security Industry Authority (SIA) to manage private inspection activities which include Private Detective Manchester in Greater Manchester. The Home Office, in December 2014 announced that the government would enforce the law requiring private investigation services to be licensed in the course of the upcoming Parliamentary session which was to open in May of 2015. However, the licensing of private examiners is yet to be executed.
The onus to see this law of regulating of private investigation services enforced falls on the Home Office who will do this through the SIA. The “Get licensed” criteria will be updated before the date for the regulation, through their collaboration with the security industry, while they will also disseminate further information about the plan to regulate private investigations. Information on likely timings will also be provided by the SIA once these are agreed with the Home Office.

Who are those who require a licence? (

Private Detective Manchester can give information about the Private Security Industry Act of 2001 which outlines private investigations activities that are licensable and will point out where to get private investigator training towards gaining a license. There are plans to review the defined activities by the Home Office so that they remain in line with the intended purpose. Therefore, it is recommended to consult Home Office to get the answer for questions relating to whether particular activities will be licensable in future.
According to license an SIA license is necessary for private investigators and private detectives if involved in any observation, investigations or inquiries that are carried out for the purposes of.

  • gather details concerning an individual or concerning services or regarding the location of an individual
  • Getting information about the situations in which, or means by which, property has been damaged or lost. Anyone involved in providing dwindled private investigation services will need a license
  • Managers, Supervisors, employees, employers and directors or partners of private investigation organizations are in included in it

There is no confirmation yet as to whether the Home Office also intends to come up with regulations for internal private investigations.
In the provisions of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, corporate bodies with a directorship, directors of parent companies, shadow directors, non-executive and executive directors are all regarded as “directors” alike.
The Act provides that a license will not be needed for these activities.

  • activities particularly for the purposes of market research
  • activities that have the sole intention to provide a credit check
  • professional activities of practicing barristers and solicitors
  • practicing accountants’ professional activities
  • professional undertakings by journalists and broadcasters, and actions solely connected to gathering information for use in broadcasting and journalism
  • activities particularly relating to reference to registers which are open to the public; records or registers at which a person has a right of access; and published works
  • actions taken with authorisation from the subject of the investigation or under their knowledge


The sanction for working as an unregistered private examiner will be.

  • If found guilty by a Magistrate’s Court, Sheriff Court or District Court, a maximum sentence of six months in prison and a fine of £5,000

Charges for engaging unlicensed personnel will be.

  • upon the immediate judgment of a Magistrate’s Court, District Court or Sheriff Court, a maximum sanction of six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000
  • If found guilty at Crown Court, High Court of Justice or Sheriff and jury trial, an unlimited fine and/or a sentence of up to five years in prison

It is the delight of Licence ready Private Detective Manchester to inform the public that we are now license ready, after attending all the trainings involved and scaling through all the mapped examinations and criteria. This is fantastic news for all our potential clients, as well as current clients, because our firm activities will go on without any interruption and the transition be carried out smoothly.
For more information regarding Private Detective Manchester in Manchester and the surrounding areas of Urmston, Oldham, Stockport and the rest of Greater Manchester, please contact us on 0161 297 0169. You can also view our services and get more information and reviews from our current customers by visiting

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