Free online counter terrorism training now available for the security industry

16 September 2019

​SIA licence-holders can now get free online counter terrorism training from the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO).

NaCTSO has created special password-protected access for the security industry to their ACT (Action Counters Terrorism) Awareness training.

ACT Awareness e-learning is a new counter terrorism awareness product designed for all UK based companies and organisations. It provides nationally accredited corporate counter terrorism guidance to help industry better understand and mitigate against current terrorist methodology.

Tony Holyland, SIA Head of Quality and Standards, said:
“This offer from NaCTSO means that everyone in the security field, from front-line operatives to managers and directors, can access up-to-date counter-terrorism guidance free of charge.
We strongly encourage everyone in the industry to complete this course, as it will help keep you and the public safe in the event of a terror attack.  Please share this information with your colleagues and employees; it could save lives.”
Supt Adam Thomson, Head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO), said:
“Terrorist attack planning is harder to detect and is happening in a shorter timeframe.  This means that security operatives are increasingly on the front line of counter terrorism security.  It is very important that security staff, who are responsible for public safety, are able to recognise and respond to potential terrorist attacks.
We are delighted to be working with the SIA to offer this training to everyone in the security industry.  We hope this offer will be taken up widely, as it could make all the difference in the unlikely event that an attack happens.”
The training, which is modular, can be completed in approximately 45 minutes.  Learners are able to save their progress and continue later if they don’t have time to complete all the modules in one sitting.

Security professionals can follow the link here to request a PIN code from the SIA that will give them privileged access to the ACT (Action Counters Terrorism) e-learning.
Further information:

The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. The SIA’s main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.

The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) is a police unit that supports the ‘protect and prepare’ strands of the government’s counter terrorism strategy.  In March 2017, National Counter Terrorism Policing launched ACT (Action Counters Terrorism), a platform which incorporates all counter-terrorism campaigns to warn, inform and reassure the public.

The ACT e-learning mentioned in the press release above includes the following modules:
1. Introduction to Terrorism
2. Identifying Security Vulnerabilities
3. How to Identify and Respond to Suspicious Behaviour
4. How to Identify and Deal with a Suspicious Item
5. What to do in the Event of a Bomb Threat
6. How to Respond to a Firearms or Weapons Attack
7. Summary and Supporting Materials

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