Contact Details

The Private Security Authority
Davis Street
Tipperary Town
Co. Tipperary
E34 PY91

Contact for Individual Licence
Contact for Contractor Licence

Email Adrdresses:
info@psa.gov.ie
licensing@psa.gov.ie
contractors@psa.gov.ie
enforcement@psa.gov.ie

Offences

The following offences are provided for under the Private Security Services Act, as amended. Details are provided here for information purpose only and no legal interpretation should be taken from these details.

In addition, Schedule 2 of the Private Security Services Acts prescribes offences relating to the Private Security Appeal Board.

Section 15(4)

A person who-

(a) withholds, destroys, conceals or refuses to furnish any information or thing required for the purposes of an investigation by the Authority,
(b) fails or refuses to comply with any requirement of an inspector under this section, or
(c) otherwise obstructs or hinders him or her in the performance of duties under this Act,

is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €3,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or both.

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Section 29(7)

(a) In this subsection “identity card” includes an identity card or other form of identification issued by a corresponding authority.
(b) An individual shall not—
(i) produce for inspection an identity card issued to another individual, or
(ii) with intent to deceive, make or use a document purporting to be an identity card, alter an identity card or use an altered identity card.
(c) An individual who contravenes paragraph (b) is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €3,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or both.

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Section 29(9)

An individual who—

(a) contravenes subsection (2)(a) or (4), or
(b) does not comply with a request under subsection (2)(b) or a requirement under subsection (3) or (5),

is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €2,000.

*Please refer to Section 29 of the legislation for the full text.

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Section 32

(1) Where—

(a) a licence is suspended or revoked or it expires, or
(b) a licensee ceases to provide a security service,

the licensee shall forthwith surrender to the Authority in the prescribed manner the licence and any identity card issued to the licensee.

(2) On the suspension, revocation or expiration of a licence, an inspector may seize and retain the licence and any identity card so issued.

(3) A person who contravenes subsection (1) is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €2,000.

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Section 36

(1) An applicant for a licence, or a licensee, who has been convicted of an offence (other than a prescribed offence), or against whom proceedings for such an offence are pending, under the law of the State or another state shall notify the Authority of the conviction or proceedings in the prescribed manner within the prescribed period and supply the Authority with the prescribed particulars thereof.

(2)  A licensee shall, within the prescribed period, report to the Authority such other matter as may be prescribed.

(3)  A person who contravenes subsection (1) or (2) is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €3,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or both.

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Section 37

(1) A person shall not provide a security service insofar as this Act has come into operation as respects the security service concerned and shall not hold himself or herself out or represent himself or herself by—

(a) advertisement,
(b) displaying any shield, card or other object purporting to indicate that he or she is a licensee, or
(c) otherwise,

as available to provide such a service unless the individual is the holder of a licence under this Act authorising him or her to provide that particular service.

(2)  Subsection (1) applies, with the necessary modifications, in relation to a body corporate and an unincorporated body of persons as it applies in relation to an individual.

(3)  A person who contravenes subsection (1) is guilty of an offence and liable—
(a)  on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding €3,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or both, or
(b)  on conviction on indictment, to a fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years or both.

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Section 38

(1) A person shall not employ a person, or engage an independent contractor, to provide a security service if that person or the contractor is required to, but does not, hold a licence to provide the service.

(2)  A person who contravenes subsection (1) is liable—

(a) on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding €3,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or both, or
(b) on conviction on indictment, to a fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years or both.

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Section 44

(3)  A relevant person who contravenes subsection (1) or who provides a security service in contravention of a prohibition under subsection (2) is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €3,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or both.

*Please refer to Section 44 of the legislation for the full text.

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Section 48

(1) Any person who—

(a)  makes any false or misleading statement in any application or notice of appeal under this Act or in any document required thereunder or otherwise gives false or misleading information to the Authority or Appeal Board,
(b) being a licensee who has been notified of the suspension or revocation of the licence, produces the licence or identity card to any other person with a view to providing a security service for that person, or
(c) being a licensee, fails or refuses to keep any prescribed records or to furnish to the Authority any prescribed information or returns,

is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €3,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or both.

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Schedule 1 - Section 8(1)

A person who communicates with a member of the Authority or the Chief Executive or a member of the staff of the Authority for the purpose of influencing improperly any decision to be taken by the Authority in the performance of its functions is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €2,000.

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