THE ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH INVESTIGATORS
Formed in 1913, The Association of British Investigators (ABI) has been upholding professional standards for a century.
The ABI campaigns tirelessly for regulation in our profession and promotes excellence, integrity and professionalism within its membership.
The ABI has become the kite mark of the investigation industry. Insist your investigator is an ABI member.
On Wednesday 31st July 2013 the Home Secretary issued a Command directing "private investigation services" in the UK to be regulated by licensing, pursuant to The Private Security Industry Act 2001.
Licensing is expected to commence in October 2014 and the offence date is planned for April 2015. It is also likely that Business Licensing, based on the BS102000 code of practice, will be implemented for investigations a little later; however, Business Licensing is being introduced in April 2015 for the other sectors under regulation by the Security Industry Authority, it is therefore possible that investigation agencies will be required to meet this standard of professionalism sooner rather than later.
"Regulating by licensing investigation in the private sector has been a long time coming but it does now seem real and relatively imminent. The process of accountability by Business Licensing will enhance the Association of British Investigators' existing high standard and is expected to eventually erode to extinction the unwelcome market of unscrupulous opportunists who have hitherto blighted the sector by masquerading as Private Investigators. The Association embraces the latest developments on licensing and will enthusiastically offer its assistance and full support to The Home Office and the Security Industry Authority in the implementation process"
Association of British Investigators
UPDATE -An excellent paper explaining the current situation and providing an overview of PI licensing in the UK written byABI President Tony Imossi can be viewed by clicking here.
SIA presentation on
'Licensing Private Investigators'
On Friday 20th September 2013, Bill Butler of the Security Industry Authority gave a presentation to ABI members and guests at The Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire.
Corporate and Consociate Membership
ABI membership has traditionaly been vested in the individual. In a logical advancement this new catergory of membership for businesses, has been introduced; also Consociate membership for full-time investigators employed by the business
The Association of British Investigators is also sector exclusively accredited by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency [Department for Transport]
An overview of licensing for Private Investigators in the UK written by ABI President Tony Imossi can be viewed by clicking here.
The Private Security Authority issues questionnaire in preparation for the licensing of Private Investigators.
The Private Security Authority (PSA) has commenced preliminary work on assessing th....