Po­lice of­fer counter-ter­ror­ism train­ing cour­ses to the pub­lic

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FREE COUNTER-TER­ROR­ISM train­ing is be­ing made avail­able by a spe­cial­ist polic­ing unit to the pub­lic to teach them how to re­act to a ma­jor in­ci­dent.

The train­ing course, which was de­vised by counter ter­ror­ism of­fi­cers and se­cu­rity ex­perts, was pre­vi­ously only avail­able to staff work­ing in crowded ar­eas.

How­ever, Counter Ter­ror­ism Polic­ing has now opened the train­ing mod­ules to peo­ple who want to be­come so-called “CT Cit­i­zens”, so they can spot the signs of sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour.

The Na­tional Po­lice Chiefs’ Coun­cil (NPCC) claimed that the Lon­don Bridge ter­ror at­tack which was car­ried out on Novem­ber 29 was a “stark re­minder” of the “on­go­ing threat and the need for vig­i­lance”.

How­ever, the NPCC stressed that the de­ci­sion to open the train­ing to the pub­lic was not made as a di­rect re­sponse to the at­tack, which left two peo­ple dead.

The on­line train­ing pro­gramme, which was orig­i­nally de­vised in part­ner­ship with re­tail gi­ant Marks & Spencer, is avail­able from to­day and is free to any­one who wants to take part.

Called ACT Aware­ness, the train­ing course is made up of seven mod­ules and takes 45 min­utes com­plete.

Deputy As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Lucy D’Orsi, the se­nior na­tional co-or­di­na­tor for pro­tec­tive se­cu­rity, claimed that the e-learn­ing course was is “es­pe­cially use­ful” for any­one who works in or reg­u­larly vis­its crowded places, which are likely to be the tar­get for ter­ror­ists to cause max­i­mum dam­age in an at­tack.

She added: “The threat level re­mains at sub­stan­tial, mean­ing an at­tack is likely, so giv­ing ev­ery­one the chance to be ex­tra eyes and ears for po­lice and lo­cal se­cu­rity teams helps to keep all com­mu­ni­ties safe.

“The fes­tive pe­riod is ob­vi­ously a very busy one, so this is a good time to join up and be­come a CT Cit­i­zen.”

She said that more than 1.5 mil­lion mod­ules of the train­ing course have been com­pleted to far.

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