Counter Terrorism Blog

Counter Terrorism Blog

Behind the scenes

Whilst terror attacks appear to have subsided in the UK of late, and long may that continue, we should recognise the work being done by the police and the security services behind the scenes.

In April a male was arrested in Rochdale on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, and at the Old Bailey in London the trial of an 18 year old female is currently ongoing where it is alleged she was preparing to carry out an attack at the British Museum in central London. These arrests are part of the 12 terror attacks foiled by the security services since 2017.

Behind the scenes work is something that we are guilty of giving less focus to as they are often less headline grabbing, but nonetheless it goes to show that thorough investigations supported by information from the public is the key to successes in the fight against terrorism.

*calls to the anti-terror hotline on 0800 789 321 are confidential and you do not need to give your name. Reports can also be made online at https://act.campaign.gov.uk/

IS still a threat to Europe

Despite what I have just said, the head of MI5 warns that the Islamic State group aspires to commit devastating and more complex attacks in Europe after losing territory in the Middle East.

MI5 Director General Andrew Parker made the warning at a meeting of European security chiefs in Berlin. The security services remain confident in their ability to tackle the threat and that European intelligence agencies must rely on "shared co-operation more than ever”

He also said "European intelligence cooperation today is simply unrecognisable to what it looked like five years ago"

ACT CT Awareness

Changes to the way Counter Terrorism Awareness Training for business is delivered were announced recently by The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO).

The Project Griffin package is replaced by a brand new eLearning product titled; ACT Awareness eLearning. Providing nationally accredited CT guidance to help industry better understand, and mitigate against, current terrorist methodology, with modules covering Identifying Security Vulnerabilities, Identifying Suspicious Behaviour, What to do in the event of a Bomb Threat, Suspicious Item and How to react to a Firearms or Weapons attack.

Registration will be simplified for new users and existing users will be automatically accepted onto the scheme.

Call to Action – Step Change Programme

NaCTSO recently sent out a “Call to Action”, through CSSC Scotland, calling for policing, the private sector and government to support the integrated delivery of projects intended to enhance the protective security of the United Kingdom. These projects have been defined through tri-partite working groups, established through the Step-Change conferences, and are a combination of new activity and works-in-progress that the working groups wish to develop and contribute to.

These projects now require people to develop them, lead them and deliver them, facilitated by policing and government where appropriate.

Click the hyperlink below to the National Counter Terrorism Security Office for the full document for more information:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/call-to-action-step-change-programme

 

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