Northern Irish Regional Committee
Northern Ireland not only has a significant research-led capability in information and homeland security, but BSIA member security companies in Northern Ireland also have a growing reputation for quality, professionalism and innovation across many security areas including physical protection of property and person and prevention and detection of online fraud and identity theft. Companies also excel in the fields of access control, biometrics, cyber security, detection, lone worker protection, surveillance and investigation.
In 2009 regulation came to the region in the form of the Security Industry Authority (SIA), which was formed to regulate certain areas of the private security industry in order to drive out criminal elements of the sector and raise standards. However, BSIA members have always been committed to standards and quality, with members having industry standards embedded into their ISO 9001 quality management system. The industry works closely with PSNI and is often referred to as the ‘wider policing family’, providing assistance where it can to assist the police to deter and detect crime.
Tourism is also a major industry in the region and with opportunities such as the Irish Open in 2017 and 2019, as well as the growing demand in movie tourism, following the worldwide success of programmes like Game of Thrones, the opening of the Titanic visitor centre and the new visitor centre at the Giant's Causeway. As a result, security has a vital part to play in ensuring people and assets are protected.
The security industry has been evolving rapidly, with customers demanding more from their suppliers including Health and Safety, Time and Attendance or customer service to name but a few, making it an exciting time for the security sector in Northern Ireland.
The Northern Irish Regional Committee meets to discuss current issues affecting their industry, including trade with the Republic of Ireland, the effects of Brexit and the licensing landscape.