Communique from The Metropolitan Police regarding terrorism
Following on from the tragic attack on the 22nd March 2017 at Westminster we are sharing the following communication with you which has been also been circulated to businesses in London.
The UK threat level has been Severe for some time and this level will not change.
The level of threat is complex and ranges from lone actors intent on carrying out crude attacks to sophisticated networks pursuing ambitious and coordinated plots;
We urge the public to remain alert but not alarmed – the police service and our partners are doing everything we can to help protect people, public institutions, critical national infrastructure, and businesses and crowded places;
Our security measures and activities are under constant review to reflect where the threats exist and the level of threat we are facing; There has been an substantial uplift in police patrolling, particularly in the central London area. This is being replicated across the country and will continue as we seek to reassure the public and respond to this attack.
As always, we advise the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency the public should always call 999. Please reinforce that to your workforce.
It is appreciated that you have responsibility for the security of buildings and therefore a large number of people. It is important at times such as these that the police security stance and that of the private sector is joined up. To ensure that we are joined up it is recommended that you consider some protective security tactics to aid your security at this time, whilst remembering that the threat level remains at SEVERE.
The attack incorporated multiple methodologies – as such no one security element will wholly mitigate such attacks. We also understand that you have differing priorities, some of you will be responsible for large iconic sites and others for small businesses, but the message remains the same to you all – effective communities defeat terrorism.
We know that terrorists will undertake hostile reconnaissance ahead of conducting an attack and increased vigilance by staff and the creation of a hostile environment combats such hostile reconnaissance. You should refresh the knowledge of staff that have received Project Griffin and Argus training and deploy staff who have been trained in behavioural detection (where you have them).
Staff must be encouraged to be proactive in challenging visitors, vehicles and anything out of place.
You should also consider implementing the advice given in the Stakeholder Menu of Tactical Options (attached to this email).
You should also review your building and businesses continuity plans in the light of this attack. You should ensure that first aid points are fully stocked and the location of key equipment is made clear to all staff. We also recommend that staff are directed to the Citizen Aid app and Run, Hide and Tell on YouTube. The number of casualties treated by the public highlights the importance of understanding first aid.
NaCTSO has refreshed its latest guidance on recognising the terrorist threat – please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/recognising-the-terrorist-threat/recognising-the-terrorist-threat
The following links provide additional useful information that may assist when deploying the tactical options;