Police offer counter-terrorism training courses to the public
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.