Following the Home Secretary's announcement on 31 July 2013 that the Private Investigation industry will be subject to regulation, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) will be responsible for regulating the industry by way of compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking private investigative activities.
We are pleased to announce that in preparation for regulation, 250 of our investigators (Fraud, Surveillance, Investigators and Case Managers) have successfully obtained the IQ Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators qualification. We have also obtained certification in the British Standard BS 10200 - Code of practice for the provision of investigative services.
At The Cotswold Group (UK) we directly employ all our investigative staff and do not outsource to contractors. Prior to employment all our staff are thoroughly vetted using BS 7858 principles, including Disclosure and Barring Checks (formerly known as Criminal Records Checks). Our Code of Conduct forms part of their employment contract and we provide comprehensive in-house training relevant to their role.
We look forward to providing regular updates on our progress as plans to introduce regulation develop.