In response to the recent terrorist attacks, the key messages from the National Counter Terrorism Security Office are:
1. Be alert, not alarmed
2. Be vigilant and report suspicious behaviour
3. Plan now what you will do to STAY SAFE
Be Alert, Not Alarmed
Police have exercised plans to respond to multi seated firearms attacks and may increase their presence in some areas. Don't become fearful or withdraw from the streets.Statements from national police are posted on the Metropolitan Police website (http://news.met.police.uk/news)
Be Vigilant and Report Suspicious Behaviour
Police act on information from the public who report suspicious behaviour. If you suspect it, report it, by contacting police directly or through the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321. Vigilant behaviour by staff and the public can disrupt planning. Businesses can make their CCTV control rooms more effective at spotting and acting on suspicious activity.
Plan now what you will do to STAY SAFE
Stay safe principles (Run Hide Tell) give some simple actions to consider at an incident and the information that armed officers may need in the event of a weapons or firearms attack. Conduct a healthcheck on your premises.
A short information film that provides advice on the steps to take to keep safe in the event of a firearms or weapons attack has been released to the public by National Counter Terrorism Policing. to view the film click here .
Review your building response plan to consider your response now and if the UK Threat rises.
Test and exercise with partners to check your preparation for terrorism and wider business continuity.
If you run a business, the local Counter Terrorism Security Advisor offers the opportunity to run some training and awareness sessions with staff. This can be in the form of Operation Griffin - a Police initiative designed to raise awareness of staff/volunteers and how they can help protect their communities and places of work, or Project Argus - an interactive simulation exercise where an incident has occurred and decisions have to be made about how to deal with and manage the situation. This allows staff to reflect on how resilient their business is and seek out and discuss improvements where identified.
If you are interested in either training, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org