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

by Brian Sims

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

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