Launched for the first time last year in response to the terror attacks in both London and Manchester, Counter-Terrorism Policing’s ‘Summer Security’ campaign has already delivered advice, Best Practice and training to thousands of festival workers, staff and security officers right across the UK.
This year, experts from Counter-Terrorism Policing will once again be working in partnership with organisers at major entertainment and sporting venues up and down the country to ensure that thousands more staff will be able to minimise the chance of attacks and mitigate the impact they can have.
While there’s no intelligence to indicate an increased threat to summer events, Nick Aldworth (the new national co-ordinator for Protect and Prepare Policing, wants the public to familiarise themselves with the existing safety information such that they too can play a part in the UK’s collective security.
Aldworth said: “‘Summer Security’ is all about making sure people can enjoy themselves safe in the knowledge that the staff around them are trained to know what to do should the worst happen. Sadly, we have seen that large-scale public events and crowded spaces can be targeted by those who want to cause harm, but I do want to reassure the public that the police service, its law enforcement partners and event organisers are doing all that they can to keep them safe and secure. Everyone can help to make events safer by reading our Run, Hide, Tell advice and being ready to ACT if they spot suspicious behaviour and activity. Don’t think that you might be wasting our time. It’s s always better to be safe than sorry. If something doesn’t look or feel right, tell someone.”
Specialist advice for companies operating in crowded places – split into different sectors such as major events, sports stadiums, visitor attractions, bars, theatres and Shopping Centres – is still available on the National Counter-Terrorism Security Office’s website.
Key advice for anyone attending an event this summer is as follows:
*Arrive early for extra security measures. This will help to prevent delays in accessing the event
*Be patient with security checks and help the staff to help you. We know that it’s inconvenient, but they are there to keep you safe
*It’s essential that you don’t bring unnecessary items to the event. This will help to speed up searches and your entry to the event
*If you spot someone acting suspiciously, report it to the police or to security staff immediately. Don’t leave it to someone else #ActionCountersTerrorism
*In an emergency, if you think there’s an immediate risk, always call 999 and look around you for help from staff (notably those with radios who can raise the alarm quickly)
*Don’t leave bags unattended or anywhere that they could cause a security scare. Never agree to look after anyone else’s bags, no matter how plausible their story might seem
*If there’s an incident, listen to staff and any announcements. Organisers will have emergency plans in place to help you stay safe
*Remember that the chances of being caught up in a terrorism episode are small, but if it happens you should ‘ Run, Hide, Tell’ gov.uk/ACT
*Follow and support the ‘Summer Security’ campaign on Twitter at @terrorismpolice using the #ActionCountersTerrorism hashtag