National Domestic

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
http://www.met.police.uk/so/at_hotline.htm

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.

Policing intention

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

persons.

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

on premises.

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

emergency/evacuation procedures.

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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

access.

In the event of an emergency, always call 999.

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