As we approach the new year, and say goodbye to 2020 we wanted to look back on the role that Counter Terrorism Policing has played in protecting the public by investigating, preventing and deterring terrorist activity. This involves the launch of new campaigns, sentencing for those involved in terrorist activity and a change in the threat level.
Devised by CT officers and security experts, the ACT Awareness eLearning package was previously only available to staff in businesses based in crowded places like shopping centres and entertainment venues.
In 2020 Counter Terrorism Policing opened up the training to anyone who wants to become a CT Citizen so they can learn how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour and understand what to do in the event of a major incident.
ACT Awareness eLearning provides nationally recognised corporate CT guidance to help people better understand, and mitigate against, current terrorist methodology – taking just 45 minutes to complete.
The following eLearning Modules are available:
- 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
- Summary and Supporting Materials
If you’re a member of the general public or from a major organisation, you can sign up directly to the course here or visit the National Counter Terrorism Security Office website’s ACT Awareness page for further information.
For UK businesses, you can also join almost 8,000 organisations who are now receiving expert advice and guidance directly from Counter Terrorism Policing straight to their smartphones or tablet devices. To find out more about the ACT App, click here.
Natalie Tait and Joanette Fourie, both of London, shared their own accounts of being caught up in the London Bridge and Parsons Green attacks, in the hopes of encouraging more people to sign up to Counter Terrorism Policing’s online training package. The training is free of charge to all qualifying organisations and is now open to the general public.
"Thanks to the training I had just done, I knew instinctively what had happened and what I needed to do."