Ter­ror train­ing for coun­cil staff

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Coun­cil work­ers in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang will be asked to take a more ac­tive role in pre­vent­ing ter­ror­ist at­tacks in the UK.

Coun­cil­lors on an equal op­por­tu­ni­ties fo­rum yes­ter­day, (Tues­day), were in­formed of plans to in­crease aware­ness of a key com­po­nent in the UK’s coun­tert­er­ror­ism strat­egy.

Known as ‘CON­TEST’, the strat­egy has four key com­po­nents — pro­tect, pre­vent, pre­pare and pur­sue.

Preven­tion is in­tended to min­imise the risk of peo­ple be­ing ex­posed to rad­i­cal­is­ing in­flu­ences. Un­like the other three com­po­nents, ‘pre­vent’ fo­cuses on early in­ter­ven­tion be­fore any il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity takes place.

Coun­cil em­ploy­ees are ex­pected to be aware of the pos­si­bil­ity of rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion amongst clients and mem­bers of the pub­lic.

Any con­cerns should be re­ported to the ap­pro­pri­ate peo­ple.

Cur­rently, 215 coun­cil em­ploy­ees have taken part in Work­ing to Raise the Aware­ness of Pre­vent (WRAP) ses­sions with the police.

Un­der the new pro­pos­als, mem­bers of the finance and cor­po­rate re­source team will give an abridged ver­sion of WRAP to other em­ploy­ees.

An e- learn­ing mod­ule has also been de­vel­oped in con­junc­tion with Police Scot­land cov­er­ing the main points of the pre­vent strat­egy, cov­er­ing both peo­ple and prop­erty se­cu­rity is­sues.

An­other e-learn­ing mod­ule aimed specif­i­cally at schools has also been de­vel­oped by Police Scot­land and Ed­u­ca­tion Scot­land.

A re­port to coun­cil­lors said: “The role of lo­cal au­thor­i­ties has now been placed on a statu­tory foot­ing with the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2015 Counter Ter­ror­ism and Se­cu­rity Act.

“This places a duty on each lo­cal au­thor­ity to have “due re­gard” to the need to pre­vent peo­ple from be­ing drawn into ter­ror­ism.

“South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has put in place struc­tures to take this agenda for­ward, and to en­sure that our statu­tory du­ties are met.”

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