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Seven million-plus viewers watch counter-terrorism safety video as UK policing increases global CT presence

Counter-Terrorism Policing (CT Policing) has significantly increased its international presence in the last two years, with many more staff currently deployed overseas working with local authorities to help protect British citizens from the global terror threat.

As UK schools break up for the summer holidays and the travel industry prepares for one of the busiest periods of the year, the UK’s most senior counter-terrorism officers are asking holidaymakers to play their part by watching a short video instructing them what to do in the unlikely event of an attack.

CT Policing – in association with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Home Office and the Travel Association ABTA – launched the four-minute film just over a year ago and, since then, more than seven million people have learned how to keep themselves and others safe should the worst happen.

ABTA has also translated the video into 15 different languages for use in multiple countries to improve awareness among the holiday representatives, hotel staff and security officers who look after millions of UK tourists every year.

The video was first created after 30 British people tragically lost their lives in the 2015 Sousse attack in Tunisia.

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Since then, CT Policing’s international footprint has expanded significantly, with increases to the number of officers providing a range of security liaison and advice to other countries, ensuring they’re better prepared to keep people safe when overseas.

This is a ‘whole system approach’ to fighting the threat from global terrorism. By warning and informing citizens, training and advising industry and close liaison with domestic and international partners, each of these strands comes together to better protect the UK and its interests at home and abroad.

Everyone must remain alert

Chief Superintendent Nick Aldworth, national co-ordinator for Protect and Prepare, said: “The chances of being caught up in a terrorist incident are still low, but sadly we have seen atrocities take place in the UK and abroad, especially last year. That being so, it’s important everyone stays alert and knows what to do if the worst was to happen.”

Aldworth continued: “An important part of my job is deploying police officers and staff around the world to share the UK’s world-renowned security expertise and help better protect our citizens from harm. Now, we are asking the public to play an active part by taking the time to watch this video. We want people to think of this in the same way they do the safety film airlines show before take-off. They don’t expect anything bad to happen, but it’s a sensible safety precaution to show people what to do.”

Security Minister Ben Wallace MP stated:Fortunately, the majority of us will never experience a terrorist attack while enjoying a holiday abroad and there’s no need to be alarmed. However, it’s important that we all remain vigilant to the threat.”

He added: “I urge all holidaymakers to take a moment before heading off on their travels to view the ‘Run, Hide, Tell’ advice, which could be life-saving should the worst happen. I also urge everyone to read the small print on their travel insurance to make sure they have the appropriate level of cover.”

Check the FCO’s travel advice

Minister for Counter-Terrorism, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, observed: “We work closely with our international partners to ensure that British holidaymakers are safe overseas. While the chances of becoming caught up in a terrorist event are extremely low, it’s important that people remain vigilant.”

Lord Ahmed urged: “Before going away, do take a moment to check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s travel advice to make sure you’re aware of what’s going on in the country you’re going to. We encourage everyone to take sensible precautions while they’re abroad. If an incident occurs, remember the key advice to Run, Hide, Tell.”

Nikki White, director of destinations and sustainability at ABTA, concluded: “We recognise the importance of raising awareness and providing clear guidance for our members and their employees. We know that customers would look to those members of staff working in their hotels and resorts to take the lead and respond quickly to an emerging situation.”

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BSIA: “Security’s an ideal ‘second career’ for ex-forces personnel”

With the UK observing Remembrance Day in memory of those who have been affected by war and conflict, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is highlighting the career challenges often faced by those leaving the Armed Forces and the opportunities presented to them by the UK’s private security industry.

More than 20,000 skilled and experienced individuals exit the Armed Forces each year. For many, leaving behind the unique structure of forces life can be a challenge, particularly when it comes to making the move to a new career.

A study commissioned last year by the BSIA revealed that roles within the private security industry are popular among ex-Armed Forces personnel, whose skills and experience can bring many benefits to security employers.

Indeed, the BSIA’s research showed that 92.6% of BSIA members considered ex-Armed Forces personnel to be suitable candidates for security roles, with self-discipline, motivation, an awareness of security challenges and an ability to deal with conflict situations cited among the key reasons as to why this is the case. 100% of respondents also felt that candidates would transition well into a supervisory role, while 95.7% agreed that managerial roles would also suit individuals with a military background.

The BSIA employs its own fair share of ex-Armed Forces personnel, including Trevor Elliott (the Trade Association’s director of manpower and membership services, who served in the Scots Guards for a decade during which time he saw active service in the Falklands War).

Speaking about his own experiences, Elliott commented: “When I left the Army in 1987 there was a career choice to make. What did I want to do? Following a lot of soul-searching, a career in the security industry seemed like the logical choice for me given the wide variety of opportunities available. Very quickly, it became obvious that by working hard, approaching my work in a disciplined manner and with a willingness to learn new skill sets, I would be able to progress and develop a successful second career in ‘Civvy Street’.”

Trevor Elliott: director of manpower and membership services at the BSIA

Trevor Elliott: director of manpower and membership services at the BSIA

Elliott continued: “For me, one of the main attractions of the security industry is the constantly evolving face of security as a discipline. There’s always a buzz and a level of anticipation which keeps me interested and looking for the next challenge.”

Transitional support and training

For some, transitioning into a career in the security industry can be a difficult adjustment. However, there are organisations available to provide transitional support or training and thus ensure that personnel are completely ready for their new roles.

The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is the official provider of resettlement support for Armed Forces leavers. Discussing the opportunities for service leavers within the industry, David Duffy (the CTP’s managing director) stated: “Careers within the security industry are suitable for service leavers who wish to build on the experience gained throughout their military careers and move to a sector that offers opportunities matching their own transferrable skills and employment aspirations.”

Duffy added: “The CTP offers a wide range of security courses at all levels. A number of accredited training providers on the CTP Preferred Supplier List offer industry-related courses. Feedback from the organisations within the security industry who use the no-cost recruitment solution the CTP provides reflects that the skills gained in the military, along with personal qualities service leavers have in abundance, make them a natural fit for the various career paths on offer in the security sector.”

For those about to leave the Armed Forces, members of the BSIA’s dedicated Training Providers Section can offer expert guidance on the basic training requirements for those wishing to work in security. They can also be a great source of advice for both security companies and individuals looking to procure training for their roles.

Courses can be taken in subject areas including CCTV, intruder alarms, access control, door supervision, Control Room operations and management training. There’s a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art equipment on which to learn and professionally qualified tutors with real world experience of the industry.

Speaking about the Remembrance Day commemoration on 11 November, Trevor Elliott continued: “This year’s Armistice Day is particularly poignant, with 2014 marking 100 years since the outbreak of World War One. Thankfully, those involved in conflict in the modern age have access to a wide range of opportunities on leaving their active service. I’m pleased that the private security industry is playing an active part in facilitating the transition to civilian life for many of our country’s brave servicemen and women.”

*To find out more about the courses offered by members of the BSIA’s Training Providers Section visit: http://www.bsia.co.uk/training-providers

**For more information about the Career Transition Partnership visit: https://www.ctp.org.uk/

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Ex-forces jobseekers can secure their future with Octavian

Security solutions provider Octavian Security has begun its initiative to provide crucial employment opportunities for former military personnel.

The business (which is headquartered in Nottingham but operates at various locations across the UK) has teamed up with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP). The latter is partly run by the Ministry of Defence, and is the official provider of Armed Forces resettlement in the UK.

Octavian’s initiative with the CTP allows those who have served in the military to adapt to what can be a difficult change of routine, a different sector and different duties. It allows the company to easily recruit people who are highly skilled for work in the private security sector.

Understanding of the challenges involved

With many of the Octavian group’s contract managers already from military backgrounds, its workforce has an acute understanding of the challenges that ex-forces individuals face, while also understanding how they can adapt their unique skills and talents.

Octavian Security officers on duty

Octavian Security officers on duty

New recruits are given all of the necessary training and support to allow them to flourish in a commercial environment.

“Former military personnel are often ideally suited to a career in the security industry,” explained Tony Mellor, commercial director and head of Human Resources at Octavian Security.

“They have tremendous self-discipline, dependability and professionalism, and we have found that they make excellent employees for the business across a variety of departments. It’s good to support such a worthwhile organisation as the CTP, and we’ve found it to be very efficient in recruiting quality staff quickly.”

Excellent start to the programme

Octavian has so far employed nine people through the programme, all of whom have settled into their new careers extremely well.

Octavian has previously made headlines around the world for employing ex-Gurkhas as security officers. It has also developed a strong reputation for its industry-leading training standards and professionalism, with numerous accreditations and awards.

For more details on Octavian Security and its recruitment for military personal visit http://www.octaviangr.com

For information on the CTP visit http://www.ctp.org.uk

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