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UK Counter Terrorism Policing launches a campaign ‘to bring the public and private sectors together to collaborate on security matters’

UK Counter Terrorism Policing has launched a new advertising campaign  which aims to encourage retailers and other businesses operating in crowded places to ‘play their part in countering the terrorist threat’.

Focused on Christmas, the campaign will encourage the public to remain vigilant and look out for suspicious behaviour and will inform people how to report their concerns, providing a ‘whole society’ approach where police, security staff, retail workers and the public ‘come together to minimise the chance of attacks and mitigate the impact they can have’.

The campaign is part of the ‘Step Change’ initiative – which aims to bring ‘to bring the public and private sectors together to collaborate on security matters’. Counter Terrorism Policing says that businesses can do this in two ways:

  • Sign up to ACT Awareness, the online training scheme designed to help industry better understand, and mitigate against, current terrorist methodology. Developed in partnership with the retailer Marks & Spencer, it covers how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour and what to do if an attack should take place. Free to use, the course can be divided into short sections to suit business needs. However, it takes just 45 minutes in total to complete.
  • Secondly, Counter Terrorism Policing is asking businesses to think about their contingency plans this Christmas, asking them to draw up a ‘Sixty Second Security’ plan which ‘has the power to improve their reaction to emergency situations’. Designed to be a quick checklist which can improve staff reactions in the event of an emergency, it requires businesses to ensure all their staff know the answers to simple questions such as:

    - Who is appointed to make decisions on the shop floor, and do they know what they’re doing?
    - How do you enter and exit the building in emergency?
    - How do you lock down quickly?
    - Where can you hide?
    - How do you communicate and how do you stay updated if you find yourself in a ‘RHT scenario’?
    - Have you briefed your staff?

Specialist advice for companies operating in crowded places, such as major events, sport stadia, visitor attractions, bars, theatres and shopping centres, is available on the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) website along with the ACT Awareness e-Learning tool.

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