NaCTSO Bulletin 16th January 2015:
In light of the attacks in Paris last week, we have been reviewing, alongside our partners, our overall security posture.
National Policing Lead for Counter-terrorism, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley provides an update
National Policing Lead for Counter Terrorism, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley:
I wanted to make a short statement about some of the steps we are taking following the attacks in Paris last week and elsewhere. The UK has been at a heightened level of threat from international terrorism for some years now. We have seen attacks in a number of countries, including France, Australia and Canada over the last few months and in Belgium last night. We have also been working with security services to investigate a variety of threats and to disrupt a number of different plots to undertake attacks here. In 2014 there were 327 arrests for terrorist offences that is a 32 % increase compared to the previous year.
Last summer, the national threat level was raised to SEVERE. This means a terrorist attack here is highly likely. At that time we took a number of additional steps to protect communities and the public. This included, but was by no means limited to, additional armed patrols and more visible policing. We also held a counter-terrorism awareness week before Christmas to alert the public to the need for greater vigilance, and we offered specific advice where necessary.
But, in light of the attacks in Paris last week, we have been reviewing, alongside our partners, our overall security posture. This is a further step in a process over a number of years of learning lessons from such events. For example, since the attack in Mumbai in 2008, we have enhanced our ability to respond effectively to a marauding terrorist attack by expanding our specialist firearms capability and improving the effectiveness of the response and joint working of all the emergency services. More generally we have continued to refine our plans and to enhance our capabilities to respond to a terrorist threat which has evolved and diversified.
The global picture of terrorist activity does give us heightened concern about the risk to the Jewish community in the UK. We are seeing continuing anti-Semitic rhetoric from extremists and attacks on this community in France and elsewhere. In addition to our existing security measures, we are in dialogue with Jewish Community leaders about further actions that we will be taking, including more patrols in key areas. We remain alert to the vulnerabilities of other communities.
Where we do have particular concerns, we make these known to those involved. For example, we continue to be alive to those who want to exploit the current situation and create fear in our Muslim communities, with whom we work closely, to offer our protection and reassurance.
We are also considering what further measures we might put in place to enhance the security of police officers, given some of the deliberate targeting of the police we have seen in a number of countries across Europe and the world.
Chief Constables across the country are reviewing how to strengthen the protection of their officers from such attacks. Our men and women on the frontline are used to confronting risk and danger and are well-trained in how to protect the public and themselves.
The fight against violent extremism relies upon the active support of all communities, to look out for one another in their neighbourhoods and to continue to demonstrate a show of resolve that will eventually help to defy the poisonous ideology of extremists and deny them of opportunities to harm communities. We have been pleased and encouraged by the way that public has responded to appeals to report concerns or suspicious activity. The number of calls to the anti-terrorist and other hotlines has increased significantly over the last few months. This has made an important contribution to keeping the public safe.
Please find attached a NDEDIU information to businesses.
In an emergency call 999
For non emergencies call 101
For the Anti Terrorist Hotline call 0800 789 321
NDEDIU Industry Update
Information for businesses subject to protests
The Police Service is aware that Industry can be adversely affected
by protests but acknowledge that peaceful and legitimate protest
should be facilitated. This advice document is to inform Industry how
both Police and Industry can deal proportionately with protest activity.
Normally, when dealing with a protest, the Police Service will have
certain strategic aims. These will be similar to;
To prevent and detect crime
To protect life and property
To maintain the Queen’s Peace
To prevent serious disruption to the life of the business and
residential community and vehicular traffic.
The Police Service is fully aware of the potential impact of any
demonstrations on the local business community and is well
equipped to deal with events, should it be required.
In the event of a ‘with notice’ demonstration, an appropriate local
policing plan will be in place around any identified threat to specific to
premises. Please feel free to contact your local Neighbourhood
Policing Team or Business Partnership Officer (whichever applies)
from the local police senior leadership team if you have any concerns
or further enquiries.
Businesses and private premises should be aware that a majority of
protests are peaceful and under Human Rights legislation should be
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facilitated on public land unless certain exceptions apply, however it
is always possible that individuals attending may not be intent on
holding a peaceful protest.
In relation to protests within private property, Police see the primary
responsibility for the security of the property and the management of
any trespass within the store as being that of the land owner or
company. Opening a store for business implies invitation to all
The Store Manager or representative of the company / premises can
withdraw this invitation at any time.
Incursions with no disorder
Should there be an incursion into your premises which is not
disorderly and police are requested to attend it should be stressed
that this is likely not to be a criminal trespass. The expectations of the
officers attending will be to witness a representative of the premises
request those trespassing to leave, whilst in the presence and
hearing of the officer.
If asked to assist in the ejection of these persons, police are acting as
an agent of the company and have no more powers and privileges
than that of an ordinary member of the public. The officer(s) are there
to standby and prevent a breach of the peace whilst the
representative of the store asks the person(s) to leave.
Police will escort store / company staff and the person concerned out
onto public land. If there are criminal offences apparent then officers
will deal with these as they would in any normal situation.
Incursions with disorder
Legislation exists under Section 68, Criminal Justice and Public Order
Act 1994 to deal with an event of direct action which disrupts the
normal operation of a business premises. This is called Aggravated
Trespass. The senior officer present may seek to use powers but will
look to the store manager / representative to support this process by
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providing confirmation of what business if any is being affected and a
willingness to provide a statement and attend court if necessary.
We also request that any CCTV in relation to the incursion be
provided at the earliest opportunity.
In practice the store manager or person able to make a decision on
behalf of the store has to be willing and able to state in the presence
of the person(s) that they reasonably believe that the person(s) are
trespassing on private property and that they have acted or are acting
in a manner which is disruptive to the normal business of this
premises. The exact nature of the disruption must be described and it
is often likely that the Police will require a written statement from the
manager or their agent.
Police officers will have access to detailed guidance and exact
wording to help your staff and will be there at all times to support
them in such incidents.
Crime prevention advice
You can help to protect your premises by taking a few sensible
precautions. The following points are a list of considerations and are
by no means exhaustive;
1. Premises should be suitable staffed with a prominent management
presence that can make themselves identifiable to police (in the event
of an incursion).
2. Security officers, where possible, should have a visible presence
3. In the days leading up to an event ensure all staff are fully briefed.
4. All staff should remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to
security and / or police.
5. Consider minimizing the number of entry points to your building.
6. Ensure that the building perimeters are clear of debris, dustbins,
ladders or loose tools and equipment.
7. Check that your emergency equipment/grab bags/ first aid supplies
and radio communication systems are stocked and fully operational.
8. Check and test building security and emergency systems.
9. Ensure all members of staff are fully aware of any
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10. Ensure CCTV coverage is fully operational and can provide the
highest recording resolution as possible.
11. If your building has scaffolding erected or is in close proximity of
scaffolding, security staff should be aware of the potential for easy
In the event of an emergency, always call 999.