Regulatory Measures on UK Private Investigations to Private Detective Oldham of Greater Manchester

Regulatory Measures on UK Private Investigations to Private Detective Oldham of Greater Manchester

The government through the Home Secretary in 2013 indicated it plans to mandate the Security Industry Authority (SIA), under which Private Detective Oldham in Greater Manchester falls, with the task of regulating private investigation services. 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. Even so, private investigations licenses have still not been introduced in the UK.
The SIA and the Home Office continue to work together since the latter is responsible for regulating private investigations. Continuously the SIA educate the public on the future regulation of private investigation services law and to work with the security industry revising the ‘Get Licensed’ standard to remain relevant. When the Home Office agrees with the SIA on the date of launch, the SIA will give us the update.

Who are those who will need a licence? (

Private Detective Oldham 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. In order to keep that definition updated, the Home Office plans to review it. It is the Home Office that can clarify if some other particular activities will receive licensing in the coming years.
Private investigators and private detectives will, according to the Act, require an SIA certification if there are any investigations, surveillance or inquiries being done for the reason of.

  • gather the necessary details about an individual or the individual’s way about
  • gather the details about the conditions upon which properties were lost or damaged A license will be needed by any person who carries out private investigation services under contract
  • Employers, employees, supervisors, managers and directors of private investigation firms, coupled with their partners are part of these

Whether we would be allowed by the Home Office to also regulate the private investigations that happen “in house” is still in doubt.
Director, for the purposes of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, means executive and non-executive directors, parent firm directors and business institutions that have directorship.
Services not required to be licensed as per the Act include.

  • services only concentrating on market research
  • activities that have the sole intention to provide a credit check
  • professional activities of practicing barristers and solicitors
  • professional work engaged in by accountants
  • professional services offered by journalists and newscasters, services to gather news by journalists and newscasters
  • undertakings entirely associated to records which are accessible to the public; documents to which an individual can access as well as published works
  • undertakings conducted with prior consent and knowledge of the activity being gained and communicated to the subject


Sanctions that will be issued for those that operate as an unlicensed private detective 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

Having unlicensed staff will bring a penalty of.

  • having been convicted at a District Court, Sherriff’s Court or a Magistrate’s Court, the maximum penalty will be imprisonment for 6 months and / or fine not exceeding 5000 pounds.
  • A fine of unlimited degree or a five years imprisonment will be given when the person is convicted upon indictment at a Sheriff and jury trial, High Court of Justiciary or a Crown Court

Certified Private Detective Oldham is glad to declare that we have fulfilled all the criteria and tests and that we have done the required training and we are now license ready. What this implies to our current and future clients is that there will be no disruption of services during the shift.
Please give us a call on 0161 297 0159 if you are interested in finding out more about Private Detective Oldham who is located in Oldham and covers local areas including, Ashton-Under-Lyne, Oldham, Chadderton, and the rest of Greater Manchester. If you want to check out our services and read the testimonials from our current clients, you can also come to our website at

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