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Security News And Views

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Terrorism Threat

Terrorism Threat

In response to the recent events in Manchester, we want to reinforce and emphasise the importance of vigilance and of reporting any concerns to the anti-terrorist hotline. The current UK threat level for international terrorism is: SEVERE.This means that a terrorist attack is highly likely.

If you see or hear anything that could be terrorist-related trust your instincts and call the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.

All SIA approved qualifications include counter-terrorism awareness, including looking out for hostile reconnaissance. Please refresh the knowledge of staff that have received Project Griffin training and deploy staff who have received training in behavioural detection (where you have them). The following guidance is taken from National Counter Terrorism Office (NaCTSO) recently launched publication the National Stakeholder Menu of Tactical Options .

Be proactive in challenging visitors, vehicles and anything out of place and consider the following options particularly around crowded places, night time economy and iconic sites:

  • Review patrol strategy (be unpredictable). Adopt high visibility clothing
  • Brigade resources with neighbouring contracts/buildings
  • Report any suspicious activity in a timely manner. Early reporting of suspected hostile reconnaissance is vital in combating terrorism
  • Implement communication links with surrounding premises to pass on information about suspicious activity/behaviour
  • Consider closing non-essential access and exit points
  • Focus CCTV on all communal areas and vulnerable points
  • Ensure CCTV is fit for purpose

We recommend that security operatives refresh themselves with how to be vigilant by watching the video Personnel security – Eyes Wide Open by the Centre for the Protection for National Infrastructure (CPNI). The following resources are available:

Watch the video: Personnel Security – Eyes Wide Open
Download the guidance: Protecting crowded places from terrorism

Find out more about:
Project Griffin (counter terrorism training for security operatives)
Project Argus (counter terrorism training to protect a business or an organisation).

Further information:

  • The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. The SIA’s main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.
  • For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates visit www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk.

    The SIA is also on FacebookTerrorism Threat (Security Industry Authority) and TwitterTerrorism Threat (SIAuk).

Violence Reduction Workshops

Violence Reduction Workshops

We are running a series of events across the UK to promote violence reduction measures within the night-time economy. Our first one is on the 25th of April in Ipswich. We want to bring people together to discuss local initiatives, share experiences and good practice to prevent harm of security operatives and the public. The aim of these events are:

  • Share good practice of successful multi-agency violence reduction initiatives/approaches
  • Develop a shared understanding that violence reduction includes reducing violence against licensed operatives and so improve the reporting of incidents
  • Raise standards of safe restraint by introducing new guidance material for security operatives
  • Share best practice for measuring the success of violence reduction initiatives

At each event we will hear from representatives of the Police, local authorities and town centre initiatives.

The briefings are FREE to attend and will take place at the following locations:

Ipswich 25 April 2017

Brighton 11 May 2017

Manchester 17 May 2017

If you want to find out more about reducing the risks from violence in the night time economy then these events are for you. Spaces are limited so email us and book your place today indicating which event you would like to attend: stakeholder@sia.gsi.gov.uk.

Further information:

  • The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

    The SIA’s main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.

  • For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates visit www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk.

    The SIA is also on FacebookViolence Reduction Workshops (Security Industry Authority) and TwitterViolence Reduction Workshops (SIAuk).

Message on Counter-Terrorism from the Metropolitan Police

Message On Counter-Terrorism From The Metropolitan Police The UK threat level has been severe for some time and this level will not change.

The level of threat is complex and ranges from lone actors intent on carrying out crude attacks to sophisticated networks pursuing ambitious and coordinated plots;

As always, we advise the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the Anti Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency the public should always call 999. Please reinforce that to your workforce. I appreciate that you have responsibility for the security of buildings and therefore a large number of people. It is important at times such as these that the police security stance and that of the private security sector is joined up. As a result, we are recommending that you consider some protective security tactics to aid your security at this time, whilst remembering that the threat level remains at SEVERE.

We know that terrorists will undertake hostile scouting ahead of conducting an attack and increased vigilance by staff and the creation of a hostile environment combats such hostile inspection. Please refresh the knowledge of staff that have received Project Griffin and Project Argus training and deploy staff who have received training in behavioural detection (where you have them). Please be proactive in challenging visitors, vehicles and anything out of place and consider the following options from our Stakeholder Menu of Options, particularly around crowded place, night time economy and iconic sites.

  • Review patrol strategy (be unpredictable). Adopt high visibility clothing.
  • Brigade resources with neighbouring contracts/buildings
  • Report any suspicious activity in a timely manner. Early reporting of suspected hostile reconnaissance is vital in combating terrorism
  • Implement communication links with surrounding premises to pass on information about suspicious activity/behaviour
  • Consider closing non-essential access and egress points
  • Focus CCTV on all communal areas and vulnerable points
  • Ensure CCTV is fit for purpose

This is not an exclusive list and I recommend you look at the full menu and consider any other options that suit your premises or organisation. Please review your building and business continuity plans in the light of this attack. You should ensure that first aid points are fully stocked and the location of key equipment is made clear to all staff. We also recommend that staff are directed to the Citizen Aid app and Run, Hide, Tell on YouTube.

The number of casualties treated by the public highlights the importance of understanding first aid.

NaCTSO has refreshed its latest guidance on recognising the terrorist threat and I would recommend you access this at www.nactso.gov.uk

The following links provide additional useful information that may assist when deploying the tactical options:

http://www.cpni.gov.uk
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/stay-safe-film http://www.cpni.gov.uk/advice/physical-security/cctv
http://www.nactso.gov.uk
http://www.mi5.gov.uk
http://www.gov.uk/government/collections/crowdedplaces#sector-specific-guidance

Please also carry out your own reviews of security levels and some of you will have innovative and new ways of delivering protective security, which you may wish to share with other partners.

If you deploying such tactics and are willing to share them, please forward them to NaCTSO who will circulate them. Please contact them on nactso@cpni.gsi.gov.uk

Lucy D Orsi,

Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Specialist Operations, Metropolitan Police