The threat to the UK from international terrorism is currently 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 (CT) policing network.
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. It takes place between Monday 28th November and Sunday 4th December 2016.
On Monday 28th, to coincide with CT 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 29th, the focus shifts to Prevent and we will be reminding everyone about the Stop Terrorists’ & 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 that they believe to be terrorist or extremist material to report it online. The button can be found on police websites, gov.uk and many other public facing internet sites.
If you need to report illegal terrorist information, pictures or videos that you’ve found online, your report will be treated anonymously. STOP Reporting Button
Another way that we can all help in keeping us safe is to maintain vigilant behaviour.
The Employee Vigilance Campaign provides practical information about the steps you can take to stay safe at home, at work and on-line. 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, please 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, we will be sharing tips via social media about how to keep safe online and how to protect your devices.
On Wednesday 30th and Thursday 1st December, the UK Security Expo opens at Olympia. Subject matter experts from Protect & Prepare policing will be delivering informative presentations on a range of subjects including Aviation Security and HGV security; the Expo also sees the launch of the new Stakeholder Menu of Options. During the two days of the UK Security Expo, NaCTSO will be hosting a Document Awareness stand in the main hall.
Friday 2nd 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 to keep their vehicle secure.
During the weekend, Anti-Terrorist Hotline messaging will be shared at sports stadia across the country. If you see activity that you think might be related to terrorism please call the Anti-terrorist Hotline: 0800 789 321.
To keep up to date with activity during Counter Terrorism Awareness Week 2016, follow us on Twitter #CTAW2016 and #CounterTerrorismUK