Counter Terrorism Awareness
This week you may have seen the Run Hide Tell video (if not, scroll further down this page) which provides useful advice on how to stay safe in the event of a firearms or weapons attack. The video has been promoted online as part of Counter Terrorism Awareness Week which aims to raise awareness of the terrorism threat and actions being taken to tackle it.
The threat to the UK from international terrorism is currently SEVERE. This means an attack is highly likely, so it's important for us all to remain vigilant.
This week the Project Servator initiative has been rolled out to local policing teams in Wandsworth and Lambeth, and will be extended to all Boroughs over the coming months. The project was developed by City of London Police as a way of deterring hostile reconnaissance which can form part of planning a terrorist attack. Information has also been sent on the intiative to all businesses registered with the free CSSC system.
On Monday and Tuesday, London's emergency services responded to a staged firearms attack on the Canary Wharf Estate in Exercise Treblerope. This follows a series of other exercises to ensure the emergency services, military and other partners' plans to respond are as good as they can be.
Whilst it is part of many of our daily lives, the internet can provides opportunities for those with extreme views to target young or vulnerable individuals. STOP enables anyone who finds online content which they believe to be terrorist or extremist related to report it online.
Finally, the London Resilience Forum (which this week was noted as an 'examplar in multi-agency coordination') met to consider the recommendations in Lord Harris' review of London's Preparedness for a Terrorist Incident.
Remember, if you see something which looks suspicious, you can report it anonymously to the Anti Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.
Matt, London Resilience