Terror training for council staff
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.”