Counter-Terrorism Awareness Week focuses on partnership working to counter threats

The threat to the UK from international terrorism is currently set at ‘Severe’, which means that an attack is highly likely. Safeguarding the UK from the threats from terrorism and extremism are overarching aims for the counter- terrorism policing network. That being the case, Counter Terrorism Awareness Week 2016 is a campaign led by counter-terrorism police and partners which focuses on partnership working between businesses, stakeholders and the general public about the current counter-terrorism threat picture and what is being done to tackle it. It will advise audiences on how to protect themselves and their interests from the threat at work, at home and online, and takes place between Monday 28 November and Sunday 4 December.

On Monday 28 November, to coincide with Counter-Terrorism Awareness Week, the police service is announcing a national roll-out of Project Servator to 11 police forces across the country to take place over the next 12-18 months. The activity sets out to help keep key sites and crowded places safe and secure.

On Tuesday 29 November, the focus shifts to Prevent and a reminder to everyone about the Stop Terrorists’ and Extremists’ Online Presence (STOP) reporting button. The Internet provides many opportunities for those with extreme views to target young or vulnerable individuals through Internet-enabled devices whether in their own homes or remotely. The STOP Button enables anyone who finds online content they believe to be terrorist or extremist in nature to report it online. The button can be found on police websites, at gov.uk and on many other public-facing Internet sites.

Employee Vigilance Campaign

Another important ingredient is vigilant behaviour. The Employee Vigilance Campaign provides practical information about the steps you can take to stay safe at home, at work and online. The information will help you spot what suspicious activity looks like, how to be vigilant against it and what steps to take to report it.

For more information about how to run a vigilance campaign in your workplace, visit the website of the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) pages on ‘How to run an employee vigilance campaign’.

As the week progresses, tips will be shared via social media about how to remain safe when you’re online and how to protect your devices.

Friday 2 December will see the introduction of a new HGV security leaflet which aims to reduce criminal and suspicious activity by introducing simple steps for drivers to follow in order to keep their vehicle secure.

During the weekend, Anti-Terrorist Hotline messaging will be shared at sports stadiums across the country.

*To keep up-to-date with activities taking place during Counter-Terrorism Awareness Week 2016, follow the initiative on Twitter (#CTAW2016 and #CounterTerrorismUK) or access the website

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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