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Government sets out new measures designed to tackle extremism in prisons

Governors and prison officers are to be given the training, skills and authority needed to prevent influential extremist prisoners from exerting control and radicalising others. This follows a landmark review published by the Government that examines the risks posed by Islamist extremists in prisons.

Prison officers on the front line will be equipped to crack down on extremist behaviour. They will be supported by a new directorate for Security, Order and Counter-Terrorism specifically responsible for monitoring and dealing with this evolving threat.

Governors have also been instructed to ban extremist literature and remove anyone from Friday prayers who’s promoting anti-British beliefs or other dangerous views.

The most dangerous Islamist extremists will be removed from the general prison population and held in ‘specialist units’ in the high security estate. The creation of these units is one of the recommendations in the review, ordered by the Government last year and led by Ian Acheson.

Elizabeth Truss, the Secretary of State for Justice, said: “Islamist extremism is a danger to society and a threat to public safety. It must be defeated wherever it’s found. I am committed to confronting and countering the spread of this poisonous ideology behind bars. Preventing the most dangerous extremists from radicalising other prisoners is essential to the safe running of our prisons and fundamental to public protection.”

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Key measures to be implemented include:

*creating a new directorate for Security, Order and Counter-Terrorism which will deliver a plan for countering extremism in prisons and probation services

*instructing prison governors to remove extremist literature and putting in place a thorough process for assessing materials of concern

*boosting plans for rapid responses by intervention teams to terrorist-related incidents

*improving extremism prevention training for all prison officers

*strengthening vetting of prison chaplains and a range of positions to make sure the right people are in place in prisons to counter extremist beliefs

The Government is committed to defeating all forms of extremist ideology through its Counter Extremism Strategy, which includes a focus on supporting mainstream voices and building stronger and more cohesive communities.

The Government is also strengthening institutions and supporting individuals at particular risk of radicalisation through the Prevent programme as part of the counter-terrorism strategy (ie CONTEST). Through targeted interventions, the Government will encourage Islamist extremists to disengage, while at the same time closely monitoring and managing the risk presented by those who choose not to do so.

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EN54 Part 13: Does Your Fire System Measure Up?

EN54 Part 13 is a real indicator of fire system performance, but is widely misunderstood and sometimes misrepresented. To ensure everyone can check that their fire system measures up, Advanced – one of the first companies in Europe to achieve Part 13 – has produced a new infographic that sets out the Part 13-related issues you need to be aware of as an end user of life safety systems.

EN54-13 is a European standard that ensures optimal fire system performance at all times, lives are properly protected in a real fire situation and complete peace of mind for specifiers, installers and end users.

The standard involves rigorous third party testing to prove that individual component parts will work together when combined into one system. EN54-13 is currently mandatory in several European countries, but even where not mandated, it’s a mark of system performance and reliability.

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The infographic (above) explains five things you need to know about EN54-13:

(1) Approved systems are rigorously tested for compatibility

(2) Approved systems continuously check for faults

(3) ‘Designed to’ is not the same as ‘Approved to’

(4) Approved panels can save you time and money

(5) Approved systems bring ultimate peace of mind

Each of these five features are expanded upon and clearly explained in the infographic, helping to ensure system performance and integrity – and therefore peace of mind.

The infographic may be downloaded (or a printed copy ordered) from Advanced’s website at: http://www.advancedco.com/fire-systems/axis/axis-en/en54-part-13/order-infographic.aspx

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Seminar programme announced for ‘Manchester Security: Safe and Secure for Business’

The full programme has now been announced for the upcoming ‘Manchester Security: Safe and Secure for Business’ seminar, which will focus on providing businesses in the North West with valuable insights into current security issues facing the region.

The programme will be chaired by Jim Battle, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester, and includes a formal opening by Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan QPM. Presenters on the day are as follows:

*Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole, Head of the North West Counter-Terrorism Unit, on the changing face of terrorism and the importance of planning and preparation

*Superintendent Marcus Noden with an update on neighbourhood policing and how partnership working through Integrated Neighbourhood Management is being progressed

*A spokesperson from SelectaDNA explaining how synthetically manufactured DNA is proving to be a powerful tool in the fight against crime

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Event logistics

The event takes place on Thursday 29 September at St Ann’s Church, St Ann’s Street, Manchester M2 7LF.

Paul King, chairman of the Manchester City Centre Crime Prevention Panel, told Risk UK: “This free event isn’t to be missed for Manchester businesses, who will be able to find out about the latest security, business continuity and counter-terrorism issues in order to better protect their premises, staff and customers.”

King continued: “Businesses are continually falling victim to acts of crimes and threats, so security is of the utmost importance. This event will offer you the latest advice from a range of policing and security professionals to help better protect your business and prevent crime.”

Doors open at 8.30 am. Refreshments and breakfast snacks will be provided and there will be opportunities to network before and after the event, which is due to end around 11.00 am”.

SelectaDNA and GJD are sponsoring the event and their crime prevention products will be on display.

The event is organised by Manchester City Centre Crime Prevention Panel with the support of Greater Manchester Police, Manchester City Council and Atmaana Business Consulting.

*Online registration is available at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HJMTLQ6

**For more information on the ‘Manchester Security: Safe and Secure for Business’ event contact Christine Brooks via e-mail at christine.brooks@atmaana.co.uk

With only limited places left available it is advisable to register as soon as possible

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