In 2013 the Home Secretary announced the Government’s intention for the SIA to regulate private investigation activities.
In December 2014, the Home Office said the Government expects the introduction of the statutory licensing of private Investigation activities to come into force as soon as possible during the next Parliamentary session, which starts in May 2015.
The SIA will continue to work with the Home Office, which has responsibility for introducing the regulation of the private investigation sector.
The penalty for working as an unlicensed private investigator will be:
•upon summary conviction at a Magistrate’s Court, Sheriff Court or District Court, a maximum penalty of six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000.
Sarah Gallienne is currently studying for the required licensing examination in order to achieve licensing in anticipation of the government implementing it.