As we say farewell to the Summer and the seasons turn a golden brown, there was one event that everyone paused and took stock of. The passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II engaged not just the UK and the Commonwealth, but the whole of the World’s attention. Here Leisure Guard Security shares a security briefing that unfortunately includes the very real threats that thankfully never materialised over the period of mourning and funeral of the Queen.
A period of national mourning
From the moment the Queen started her journey from Balmoral, until the state funeral almost two weeks later, the culmination of years of planning by multiple safeguarding organisations revealed just how successful the massive operation had been. Thankfully, all public events passed peacefully, with no significant trouble or disruption. The presence of large crowds always provides a sombre reminder that terrorist atrocities can and do happen. With that in mind, the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) will, over the next few months, be hosting a series of virtual briefings on the subject of marauding terrorist attacks. The scheduled dates are as follows:
- October 25 : 9.30am -12.30am
- December 12 : 9.30am -12.30am
- January 26 : 9.30am -12.30am
- March 1 : 1.00pm – 4.30pm
The goal of the briefings is to provide attendees with a higher-level understanding of the issues and actions associated with attacks in which terrorists move quickly through busy public environments seeking to inflict maximum damage. The UK government’s CPNI website offers further information and downloadable guides
New first aid awareness video
On a related topic, the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) has recently published a first aid awareness video that explains some of the steps that members of the public can take to assist others in a crisis. The video, hosted on the Protect UK website, provides important advice on the particular issues to be aware of in the event of a terrorist attack, pointing out the different risks and priorities that must be considered. We would certainly recommend the video as a fast and effective way for people to enhance vital skills that could potentially save lives. Full details can be found on the Protect UK website, which is supported by NaCTSO, the Home Office and Counter Terrorism Policing: protectuk
The Best of Bolton & Blackburn Business Show
Although we work with clients UK-wide, our head office is located in Bolton. Consequently, we were excited to be a headline sponsor for the Best of Bolton & Blackburn Business Show, scheduled for 16 November at the Holiday Inn Bolton Centre. Visit us on the day and get up to speed on the latest issues affecting the security and safeguarding sector. Register to visit through eventbright
Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) Awareness e-learning
ACT Awareness e-Learning is a counter terrorism awareness product designed for all UK based companies and organisations – and now the general public. The e-learning course is free to use and can be divided into short sections. It takes just 45 minutes in total to complete – 45 minutes that could save lives. The digital format is proving popular with shopping, entertainment and sports venues, with more companies applying to take part every day. Along with the ACT e-learning module please keep an eye out for the Action-Counters Terrorism (ACT) Awareness Training hosted by CityCo, Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council, which anybody can attend. Running alongside the ACT Awareness training is See, Check and Notify (SCaN). This is again a free training programme that aims to help organisations, venues and events maximise safety and security using their existing resources. Protect your site from a range of threats with SCaN training.
Your people are your biggest advantage in preventing and tackling a range of threats, including terrorism, criminal activity and unlawful protest. SCaN training empowers your staff to correctly identify suspicious activity and know what to do when they encounter it. In addition, the skills they learn will help them provide an enhanced customer experience. SCaN training helps ensure that individuals or groups seeking to cause your organisation, venue or event harm are unable to get the information they need to plan their actions. The act of gathering this information is sometimes known as hostile reconnaissance. It is this that SCaN aims to help you disrupt.
- See – understand what hostile reconnaissance is and how to spot it.
- Check – know what to do if you suspect hostile reconnaissance or identify suspicious activity.
- Notify – who you should tell and what should you tell them.
For more information on SCaN, please contact your local Counter Terrorism Security Advisor.
Highfield Accredited Training Centre
At Leisureguard Head Office in Bolton, we now have an accredited training centre delivering SIA licensing courses:
- Highfield Level 2 Award for CCTV Operators (Public Space Surveillance) in the Private Security Industry.
- Highfield Level 2 Award for Door Supervisors in the Private Security Industry.
- Highfield Level 2 Award for Door Supervisors in the Private Security Industry (Top Up).
- Highfield Level 2 Award for Security Officers in the Private Security Industry.
- Highfield Level 2 Award for Security Officers in the Private Security Industry (Top Up).
New training dates are coming soon so keep an eye out on our LinkedIn page and website for updates.
Find out more about how Leisure Guard Security can safeguard your business: 0800 035 6607
Leisure Guard (UK) Ltd holds SIA approved contractor status for the provision of Security Guarding, Door Supervision and CCTV services.