Devised by Counter-Terrorism Policing officers and security experts, the ACT Awareness eLearning package was previously only available to staff working in crowded places like Shopping Centres and entertainment venues. Now, Counter-Terrorism Policing has decided to open up the training to anyone who wishes to become a ‘CT Citizen’ such that they can learn how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour and understand what to do in the event of a major incident taking place.
The learning programme was originally devised in partnership with retail giant Marks and Spencer and participants needed to be signed up by their employers. However, the online learning is now available free of charge to anyone who wants to take part.
The decision to offer the training to members of the general public wasn’t made in response to the recent terrorist attack in London. However, the tragic events which took place (and saw two people losing their lives to terrorism) served as a stark reminder of the ongoing threat and the need for vigilance.
Metropolitan Police Service Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi, senior national co-ordinator for protective security, said: “ACT Awareness eLearning is especially useful for anyone working in or regularly visiting crowded places. We developed each stage alongside industry experts and, to date, over one and a half million modules have been completed. The course has been really popular, with nine out of every ten users saying they would recommend it. We now want to open it up to as many people as possible.”
D’Orsi added: “The threat level remains at ‘Substantial’ – meaning that a terror attack on the UK mainland is likely – so giving everyone the chance to be extra ‘eyes and ears’ for the police service and local security teams in order to help them keep all communities safe makes perfect sense. The festive period is obviously a very busy one so this is a good time for members of the public to join up and become a ‘CT Citizen’.”
ACT Awareness is made up of seven modules that take a few minutes each to complete.
You can pause and re-join at any time. In total, the training takes just 45 minutes. Less than an hour of your time could help to prevent an attack or help save lives if one were to happen.
*The course is hosted by online training specialist Highfield. To register and start learning go to https://ct.highfieldelearning.com/