From the SIA
Security Firm Targeted by Police and SIA
SIA investigators joined police as they carried out a raid on a security guarding firm in Scotland on Thursday [30 April].
Officers from Strathclyde Police Major Crime and Terrorist Investigation Unit acting under warrant searched commercial premises in Townhead, Kirkintilloch. Three men, two directors and one area manager, were found working within the offices. The property was searched and computer equipment and documentation seized.
The Security Industry Authority had previously asked the company to supply various documents, but did not receive everything requested. SIA investigators therefore attended to obtain documents relating to potential offences under the Security Industry Act.
Two men were detained in police custody and a report is to be submitted by the Strathclyde Police to the Procurator Fiscal.
The operation was part of a wider campaign to crack down on security firms with links to organised crime, and ensure they are complying with the law on the licensing of private security staff.
Strathclyde Police Detective Inspector Calum Young said:
"This follows previous operations and continues to reinforce our approach to private security companies and those who seek to work outside the law."
Christy Hopkins, SIA Head of Investigation for Scotland, added:
"In March, we took part in a major operation in Scotland clamping down on security companies with links to organised crime. We've worked hard since then with our police partners to pursue rogue companies still operating in the industry. Yesterday's raid, attended by our investigators, was an important step in our continuing drive and shows our own and our partners commitment to creating a hostile environment for criminals."