Putting ‘safe’ into place’ with counter terrorism awareness

Putting ‘safe’ into place’ with counter terrorism awareness

Serious Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism Lead David MacCrimmon encourages business to keep themselves safe against potential terror threats.

A recent report by Europol has revealed that in 2018 terrorism continued to represent a major security threat in EU Member States with a ‘stark’ increase in the number of arrests linked to right-wing extremists.

Although the number of attacks and victims dropped significantly, the number of disrupted jihadist terrorist plots was reported to have substantially increased, making the threat of terror even more complex.

With this in mind, we’re encouraging businesses to take the initiative and sign up to counter terrorism awareness training sessions to encourage safer working practices. 

Our team of seconded police officers are equipped to provide businesses with Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) awareness sessions, designed by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO).

These are free sessions and can be delivered at your place of business.

Sessions are normally between one and three hours long depending on the time available and number of modules you would like to cover.

ACT Awareness aims to: 

  • Raise awareness of current terrorism issues
  • Give people confidence to report suspicious activity to the police
  • Share and gather information
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships
  • Seek ways to combat terrorism and crime
  • Maintain public trust and confidence in the police and other authorities


Communities defeat terrorism, and this extends to the business community, and we ask you to help us build on the already strong relationship between the public and the police.

We want you to be aware of the threat but at the same time to increase your confidence that there are steps you can take to mitigate that risk.

To show your commitment, you can undertake the ACT awareness sessions as a #PadlockPledge and support our Safer Business, Stronger Scotland campaign.

By taking a #PadlockPledge your organisation is making a promise to building resilience and creating a safer place to live and work.  

Sign up to undertake ACT awareness training as your #PadlockPledge today by visiting www.saferbusinessstrongerscotland.co.uk

If you’d like more information, please email me at [email protected]

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