Private Investigators and Licensing in the UK

Posted 2:52 28 September 2013

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The Parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee report has now been published. The Report makes a number of recommendations to Parliament, for the licensing of the Private Investigators industry which includes: –

1. The term “Private Investigator” be protected for use by those regulated.

2. An introduction of a two-tier system of licensing of a private investigator and private investigation companies and registration of others undertaking private investigators work.

3. The government is to consider granting privileged access to certain data for a licensed private investigator.

4. There should be a training regime for private investigators based on the knowledge of the legal constraints that govern the industry.

5. The Committee feels that there should be a 12-month cooling off period before a retiring police officer can obtain a licence to undertake work as a private investigator.

What do we think?

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