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Private Security Industry Act 2001

Section 16: Right to use approved status

54.Subsection (1) allows the Authority to approve the way in which contractors  registered under section 14 may advertise themselves as approved. (In practice, it is expected that they will be able to show a designated mark or logo on their stationery, in their advertising, etc.)  Subsection (2) makes it an offence to claim approved status when this has not been awarded, or to misrepresent the terms under which it has been awarded.  Subsection (3) sets out the penalty for the offence created by subsection (2). The penalty is, on conviction in a magistrates’ court, a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or, on conviction on indictment, a fine. Subsection (4) ensures that a person cannot evade the offence by holding himself out as approved without claiming to be on the register.

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