The Private Security Authority (PSA) is the statutory body with responsibility for licensing and regulating the private security industry in Ireland. The PSA is an independent body under the aegis of the Department of Justice and Equality. Established following the passing of the Private Security Services Act in 2004, the PSA started licensing security contractors in 2006 and security employees in 2007. The PSA’s head office is in Tipperary Town with inspectors operating nationwide.
The PSA in accordance with the Private Security Services Acts 2004 and 2011 has the following statutory mandate:
- Granting and renewing licences.
- Issuing identity cards to licensees.
- Suspending and revoking licences.
- Establishing and maintaining a register of licensees.
- Specifying standards to be observed in the provision of security services.
- Specifying qualifications or requirements for the granting of licences.
- Undertaking or commissioning research projects and activities necessary for the planning, development and provision of those services.
- Investigating security services being provided by any person.
- Establishing and administering a system of investigation and adjudication of complaints.
- Monitoring the provision of private security services generally.
- Liaising with licensees.
- Advising the Minister for Justice and Equality on any matters relating to the above functions and keeping the Minister informed of developments that would assist in developing policy.