National Counter Terrorism Office launches awareness module for businesses to protect staff

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27 Nov 2018

Earlier this year the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) developed a learning module aimed at helping organisations understand and mitigate against terrorist methodology.

ACT Awareness e-Learning was undertaken in a ground-breaking collaboration with retail giant Marks & Spencer and has so far had more than a thousand companies sign up. It’s free for companies to sign up to the course, which consists of seven modules that can be completed on an on-going basis to suit business needs. The course takes 45 minutes to complete in one sitting – which could be the difference in preserving the loss of life in the event of an attack.  

Among its subscribers, NaCTSO can point to big hitters such as John Lewis & Partners, the English National Opera and Manchester Cathedral. The digital format of the course has helped to further propel its popularity as more shopping, sports and entertainment venues have opted to take part.

The National Landlords Association (NLA) supports the module – part of a wider campaign by Counter Terrorism Policing to encourage accountability for one another’s safety, especially in the run up to the busy Christmas period.

Chris Norris, Director of Policy and Practice at the NLA, says:

“By knowing what to look out for, whether it’s at the start of a tenancy or during regular inspections, landlords can play a vital role in protecting themselves and their communities.”

This was a sentiment that was shared by Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi, national police lead for Protective Security, who says:

“All staff working in crowded places – not just those who have a security role – can follow the course and be in a stronger position to help protect themselves, colleagues and the public.”

Following well received feedback across multiple industries, the NLA will be holding an upcoming interactive webinar with the NaCTSO where landlords will be advised on the signs of terrorism, as well as keeping their properties and tenants safe.

For organisations wanting more information, or to apply for registration, should visit the National Counter Terrorism Security Office website.

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