Year In Review 2018: Awareness Training | Counter Terrorism Policing

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Year In Review 2018: Awareness Training

As 2018 draws to a close and the new year begins we’re looking back at Counter Terrorism Policing‘s commitment and dedication to protect the public and our national security by preventing, deterring and investigating terrorist activity. This includes terror plots that have been foiled, acts of outstanding bravery and some of world’s most dangerous people being put behind bars. Join us as we look back over the past 12 months…

In 2018, more than 2000 companies across the UK signed up to training to help prevent terror attacks.

Launched in April the ACT Awareness e-Learning, the training was developed in a ground-breaking partnership between Counter Terrorism Policing and retail giant Marks & Spencer.

Free to use, the course can be divided into short sections to suit business needs. The interactive modules – which take just 40 minutes in total to complete – cover:

  • Introduction to Terrorism
  • Identifying Security Vulnerabilities
  • How to Identify and Respond to Suspicious Behaviour
  • How to Identify and Deal with a Suspicious Item
  • What to do in the Event of a Bomb Threat
  • How to Respond to a Firearms or Weapons attack

More than 2000 organisations large and small – including household names like Marks & Spencer and John Lewis Partnership – have signed up so far. Please encourage more in your region to take advantage of this product.

The digital format is proving popular with shopping, entertainment and sports venues with more companies applying to take part every day.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi, National Police Lead For Protective Security, says: “All staff working in crowded places – not just those who have a security role – can follow the course and be in a stronger position to help protect themselves, colleagues and the public.

“We are grateful to Marks and Spencer who entered into this collaboration with us. This is the type of joint working we want to see more of in the future across all sectors.

“Our officers will still be available to deal with companies on a one-to-one level but this will lead to many more ‘eyes and ears’ available to help us that could potentially save lives.”

Organisations can find out more information and apply for registration.