The current threat level from International Terrorism to the United Kingdom is SEVERE. This means that an attack is highly likely. Over the last three years there has been a number of attacks in the UK, most notably the Westminster attack, Manchester Arena and London Bridge attacks, each resulting in the loss of life significant injuries to many others. There have also been a number of terrorist plans foiled by the police and security services.
The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO), a national police body which co-ordinates CTSA activity in the UK, launched an expansion to Project Griffin during 2016. This is a counter terrorism awareness product to help people understand the threat from terrorism in the UK, provide guidance on what to do in a terrorist event or incident, and raise awareness on how to recognise and report suspicious activity.
In June 2018 NaCTSO launched a new counter terrorism awareness product, ACT Awareness.
The Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC), who support the work of Police Scotland, were one of the first non law enforcement agencies to receive accreditation from (NaCTSO) to deliver the Project Griffin modules to the SME business sector and this now extends to ACT Awareness.
ACT Awareness events are free and are available in a number of modules which can be adapted to a specific business or role.
The modules cover topics, including Identifying and Responding to Suspicious Behaviour, IEDs and Suspicious Packages, and Responding to a Firearms or Weapons Attack.
Information Sharing Platform
We have successfully engaged with a variety of different business sectors to introduce our unique information sharing platform. After assessing the relevant risks within each sector and undertaking a stakeholder consultation a business specific information sharing platform is setup to assist in the prevention and detection or crime. The SBRC will guide you through the set-up and operating of the information sharing platform which includes relevant specific data protection training.
Sharing information with similar businesses about criminal or suspicious activity, will make your business area less attractive and less vulnerable to be targeted. Businesses are alerted quickly to emerging and current threats. This enables companies to protect themselves and subsequently be able to contribute in the wider fight against serious organised crime and terrorism.
For more information please contact our SOC & CT Lead David MacCrimmon – [email protected] or call 01786 447441.