The National Counter-Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) has been working with partner organisations (among them ACPO and Police Scotland) on the launch of National Counter-Terrorism Awareness Week 2014, which runs from 24-30 November.
In August, the international terrorism threat level facing the UK was raised by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre from a rating of ‘Substantial’ to ‘Severe’, meaning that an attack is highly likely. As a direct result, law enforcement and other Government agencies are urging communities – including the business community – to be vigilant and report anything they perceive as suspicious behaviour.
To focus attentions, National Counter-Terrorism Awareness Week is being launched on Monday 24 November and aims to encourage members of the public to be vigilant, as well as advising of the simple steps that can be taken to make it that much harder for terrorists to attack us.
Counter-terrorism awareness will be raised on a national basis among the police family, the business sector and members of the public by way of community and business engagement, targeted briefings, police patrol activity, reviews and the testing of counter-terror plans.
Focus around five key themes
During National Counter-Terrorism Awareness Week, the focus of all activity will be around five key themes where action by the police family, the business community and members of the public can detect and deter terrorism. Those themes are: Crowded Places, Transport Hubs, Preventing Violent Extremism, Terrorist Financing and Firearms and Explosives (encompassing the tools that terrorists need in order to operate).
Following the increase of the international terrorism threat level to ‘Severe’, there’s a heightened need to ensure that the UK is in the best possible position to deter and detect potential terrorist threats. As stated, while the ‘Severe’ threat level indicates that it’s highly likely a terrorist attack could happen in the UK, the authorities are quick to point out there’s currently no specific intelligence of a terrorist attack.
Everybody has a role to play in keeping the UK safe from terrorism. Be vigilant. If you suspect it, report it. Nobody is better placed to detect something that’s out of place in their communities than the people living in them. NaCTSO encourages individuals to report suspicious activity by calling the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.
Cross-Sector Safety and Security Communications Hub
The Cross-Sector Safety and Security Communications (CSSC) Hub is an award-winning initiative that partners law enforcement agencies, local and national Government organisations and private sector businesses. CSSC aims to help businesses remain safe and secure by providing accurate, timely and authoritative messaging and information on an ongoing basis and in times of major incidents with potentially far-reaching impacts.
CSSC operates across more than 25 industry sectors. Each sector is represented by industry sector leads who regularly participate in briefing calls and events and then cascade information to the businesses within their sectors. CSSC is working closely with NaCTSO and its partners to support National Counter-Terrorism Awareness Week.
Addressing the organisation’s members, Andrew Nicholls (The Security Institute’s director of membership recruitment and benefits) said: “Information from the briefings will be disseminated and we hope that you will support us with increased vigilance in your day-to-day operations as well as reviewing your own business continuity processes and procedures.”
*Further information about National Counter-Terrorism Awareness Week can be found at: http://www.nactso.gov.uk/ctaw2014 Here, you’ll be able to download posters and briefing products that may be displayed Back of House
**In addition, a range of guidance documents for businesses can be found within the Business Toolkit Section of the CSSC website (www.cssc.gb.com). These cover topics from cyber crime and vehicle-borne IEDs through to building a ‘business battle box’
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