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Private Security Authority

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Questions (525)

Neasa Hourigan

Question:

525. Deputy Neasa Hourigan asked the Minister for Justice the progress on her plans in relation to implementing new training, licensing and standards requirements for private security contractors enforcing evictions; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [61960/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Private Security Authority, established under the Private Security Services Act 2004, as amended, is responsible for the licensing and regulation of the private security industry in the State.

The Authority is an independent statutory body under the aegis of my Department.

Following the enactment of the Private Security Services (Amendment) Act 2021, which provided for the regulation of enforcement guards, the Authority established a working group to develop the requirements for licensing. The working group, comprising representatives of security industry employees and employers, An Garda Síochána, auditing bodies, training providers and security contractors will develop the necessary standards and training.

The initial focus of the working group has been on the requirements for contractors working as enforcement guards and the working group has developed a standard for the sector which is now out for public consultation until 6 January.

The work on the training requirements for employees has begun, however this work is more complex and will take some time to complete. The training course will be accredited by Quality Qualifications Ireland (QQI) and form part of the National Framework of Qualifications.

It is the intention of the Authority to license contractors working in the sector in the first quarter of 2022 using the new standard. A decision on whether to license employees at the same time using an existing license category pending completion of the training development is currently under consideration by the Authority.

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