Public Consultation document – PSA Licensing Requirements for Enforcement Guard Contractors

The Private Security Authority (PSA) has published a Public Consultation document “PSA Licensing Requirements – Enforcement Guard Sector”. The document contains provisions which the PSA are considering applying to contractors requiring a licence to provide security services in the enforcement guard sector.

The PSA is the regulatory body responsible for the regulation of the private security industry in Ireland. The PSA is a statutory body under the aegis of the Minister for Justice and currently licenses individuals and contractors across a range of sectors. The Private Security Services (Amendment) Act 2021 extended regulation to enforcement guards.

The main provision of the Act is the insertion of an additional category and a definition of ‘enforcement guard’ in the list of security services covered by the Private Security Services Act 2004. This will require contractors and individuals operating as enforcement guards to obtain a licence from the PSA if they wish to provide a security service as an enforcement guard.

Section 8(2)(e) of the Private Security Services Act provides for the PSA to specify standards to be observed in the provision of security services by licensees or particular categories of licensees. The PSA is considering the contents of the public consultation document “PSA Licensing Requirements – Enforcement Guard Sector” as the basis of the standard to apply to Enforcement Guard contractors.

Responding to the Public Consultation
The PSA are inviting submissions and comments from the security industry, interested parties and others on this document. Submissions, which should be entitled “Public Consultation”, can be sent by:

Email to:


Post to: Public Consultation, Private Security Authority, Davis St, Tipperary Town, E34 PY91.

If you require any further information, contact Siobhan Cleary or Rosie Cunningham at

The closing date for receipt of responses is Thursday, the 6th January 2022.                                                                                                                                                                                   

If submissions contain confidential information, such information should be clearly and unambiguously marked as confidential. The Authority may place submissions received on its website and may also include submissions or extracts thereof in future reports, as required.  Any person who sends in a submission is solely responsible for the contents of that submission and that person shall indemnify the Authority in relation to any loss or damage suffered by the Authority as a result of its publication or dissemination through any medium.  The Authority endeavours to keep all information on its website up-to-date and accurate however the Authority accepts no responsibility in relation to and expressly excludes any warranty or representations as to the accuracy or completeness of the contents of its website.

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