Keeping police safe in the face of terrorism

Keep you, your family and colleagues safe as the threat level remains at ‘severe’

Officers and police staff across the UK will have access to personal security information as part of a campaign to stay safe from the threat faced by terrorism.

Police chiefs are backing a campaign to raise awareness of the threat faced by the policing community and to inform staff and officers of how to stay safe while at home, at work and on-line.

The current threat level for international terrorism for the UK is assessed as severe, meaning an attack is highly likely.

The Vigilance Campaign, which went live on 22 June 2015, will increase understanding of what suspicious activity looks like, how to be vigilant against it and how to report it.

To achieve this, a toolkit has been created for police forces across the UK to use and can be accessed through the Police OnLine Knowledge Area (POLKA), which is hosted by us.

POLKA is a restricted online site that allows officers and police staff to share information, knowledge and best practice in a safe and secure environment.

The toolkit contains two personal security booklets; wallet reminder cards; a poster campaign; briefing materials and scripts for forces to embed awareness; instructions on how to use these materials and other tips.

Dr Francis Pike, Counter Terrorism Policing Standards Manager at the College of Policing, said:
“Terrorists can attack at any time and in any place so we are taking action to ensure police staff and officers have access to the best information to keep them safe.

“We want to make common sense common practice because we know that vigilant staff are one of the most off-putting factors for anyone undertaking suspicious activity such as hostile reconnaissance, where terrorists visit and research potential targets. It leads them to think that they are likely to be detected and intercepted.
“Although safety briefings have taken place in some forces, further work is needed to change behaviours and improve awareness of the threats we face.

“As the professional body for police, we are hosting the toolkit on POLKA on behalf of the counter terrorism policing network so anyone in the police community can access it at any time.”

The toolkit has been developed by the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and has been successfully trialled in both police and government locations.
It is easy to use, clear of jargon and suitable for all police employees and those that work alongside us.
The Vigilance Campaign is being coordinated by the National Counter Terrorism Policing HQ to ensure consistency across all forces.

If members of the public see or hear anything that could be terrorist-related they can call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

No piece of information is considered too small or insignificant and it is all treated in the strictest of confidence. It is thoroughly analysed and researched by experienced officers before, and if, any police action is taken.

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