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Introduction

The government aims to reduce the risk to the UK and its interests overseas from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence. The republished CONTEST strategy (2018) commits to delivering “a more integrated relationship with the private sector both to better protect our economic infrastructure and to scale our ability to tackle terrorism.” More specifically, it also commits to “improve the security at crowded places through closer more effective working with a wide range of local authority and private sector responsible partners”.

Government and operational partners are already delivering a host of impactful initiatives to deliver against these objectives. The terrorist attacks of 2017 and this recent step change in the threat reinforce the importance of regularly evaluating our public-private partnerships to ensure they are delivering maximum effect. This is particularly critical in relation to the protection of crowded places and spaces which have the potential to be areas of relatively high vulnerability and attractiveness and are largely owned and operated by the private sector.

Consequently, the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism (OSCT) is working with the Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and Counter Terrorism (CT) Policing to launch a market research exercise which aims to better understand and explore several themes including:  Interest from organisations, in particular Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Counter Terrorism protective security advice, training and guidance;  CT protective security standards in industry for individual security consultants and security managers. We would very much appreciate your participation so that we can hear your views direct.

We want to hear your views

The Home Office is running a short online survey to understand the need for counter terrorism protective security advice, training and guidance among businesses and organisations operating in crowded places. The survey is part of a high priority research project which will be used to inform government’s national security policy. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes. Further detail can be found below. You can access the survey here. ( https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/crowdplac/ )

Who should fill in the survey?

The survey aims to capture the views of organisations operating in ’crowded places’. A crowded place can broadly be defined as a location or environment to which members of the public have access that may be considered liable to terrorist attack by virtue of its crowd density.

Crowded places will be found in a wide range of locations including: sports stadia, arenas, and music venues; and restaurants; pubs, bars, clubs, and casinos; high streets, shopping centres and markets; visitor attractions and events; cinemas and theatres; schools and universities; hospitals and places of worship; commercial centres and transport hubs. Crowded places can also include meeting venues, and open spaces such as parks and squares.

It is best completed by the individual in your organisation who is most directly responsible for protective security (including physical and personnel security).

Dependent on the size and nature of your business/organisation this might be the Head of Security, a Security Manager, a Facilities Manager with security responsibilities or the business owner themselves.

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