Special Terror Alert Bulletin

Appalling terror attack at Manchester Arena – Many dead and injured…

The vigilance and awareness of all our site based, and other uniformed colleagues, is now being raised yet again, in the face of yet another example of brutal terrorism. Corps Security’s teams will be busy today providing reassurance to customers, and in particular to those who operate places of entertainment, and where there is high footfall, and a regular presence of members of the public.

Colleagues in our Events teams will be ensuring that all appropriate emergency and contingency plans for events are checked and understood.

The attack in Manchester targeted young people, including children.

Here at Corps Consult, we are liaising with Police and contacts at CPNI to get their take on this most serious terror attack, the worst in the UK since 7/7 2005.

What we know at this stage…

Greater Manchester Police say 22 are confirmed dead in suspected terror attack

  1. 59 people were injured in the blast at Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert
  2. Sixty ambulances attended the scene
  3. Police have set up an emergency number for those concerned about friends and relatives: 0161 8569400
  4. There will be no trains to or from Manchester Victoria station on Tuesday
  5. The Conservatives have suspended their general election campaigning
  6. Calls have been made for blood donors to step forward

 

The Prime Minister will be chairing a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee later today.

One eye witness told the BBC that he was “metres away from an explosion” while waiting to pick up his daughter from the concert. He said his wife suffered a “stomach wound” and “possible broken leg”. He added: “Someone came through the doors then bang.” This report supports the confirmation that this attack was in fact a suicide bombing, , this means that access control and front of house security, at all sites, must be checked, and where necessary enhanced.

Further bulletins will follow as and when more solid information is to hand.

In the meantime, our customers and colleagues are urged to maintain extreme vigilance in the face of ruthless adversaries…

In the meantime the international terror threat level in the UK remains at severe, meaning an attack is “highly likely”.

 

The current threat level from international terrorism for the UK was raised on 29 August 2014 and is now assessed as SEVERE

 

The threat level for Irish related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain

 

In Northern Ireland it is SEVERE and in Great Britain it is SUBSTANTIAL

NOTE:

  • CRITICAL means that a terrorist attack is imminent
  • SEVERE means that a terrorist attack is highly likely
  • SUBSTANTIAL that an attack is a strong possibility
  • MODERATE that an attack is possible but unlikely

 

 

Everyone should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to the police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.

REPORT IT!

You may end up saving a life or lives… and there is nothing more rewarding than that…

For further information, or for back copies of Corps Relay, feel free to contact our team direct on 020 7566 0516 or via

e-mail at mbluestone@corpssecurity.co.uk or ebrooksbank@corpssecurity.co.uk

 

Editor: Mike Bluestone

Associate Editor: Emma Brooksbank

Aftermath of Westminster

Hello and welcome to the 22nd issue of Corps Relay – the newsletter designed to help you protect your people and property. The brutal terror attack in Westminster on 22 March is further proof (if any were needed) that terrorism can rear its ugly head in the UK, with devastating effect. The Corps Relay Team takes this opportunity to express its condolences to the relatives and friends of PC Keith Palmer, and all the other innocent victims of this cruel attack. Our two special bulletins can be found HERE and HERE.

In light of recent events we have focussed on preparation and training should a terrorist attack occur. Firstly, we summarise the National Stakeholder Menu of Tactical options, a document which outlines ways to enhance your security, before we explain how Corps Security has become a self-provider of Project Griffin training. We end with our usual summary on Armed Police activity.

National Stakeholder Menu of Tactical Options – A Summary

Corps Relay was pleased to see that the National Counter Terrorism Security Office had released the National Stakeholder Menu of Tactical Options. Below is a summary of the document.

The National Stakeholder Menu of Tactical Options is a document that can be used by either the private sector or security industry that outlines ways in which they can enhance their security position in times of raised terrorism threat levels.

These options can be used in conjunction with the Police Service’s ‘National Menu of Counter Terrorism Tactical Options’ or independently.

At the end of each issue of Corps Relay we include the current threat levels facing our country from international and Irish terror.

Each level of threat has a different response needed from the security industry, and these are:

  • Critical – Maximum protective security measures to meet specific threats and to minimise vulnerability and risk
  • Severe/Substantial – Additional and substantial protective security measures reflecting the broad nature of the threat combined with specific business and geographical vulnerabilities and judgements on acceptable risk
  • Moderate – Routine protective security measures appropriate to the business concerned The overall business strategy in dealing with a change in threat level is to understand the type of threat posed and to consider the appropriate level of action that allows the business to continue running as usual.

The following principles should be central to any decisions:

  • Prioritise areas to protect
  • Measures should be proportionate to the threat
  • Do not let security costs exceed the value of what you are protecting
  • Security is more cost effective when incorporated into long-term planning
  • Agree a strategy and document all decisions

Menu of Tactical Options If there is an increase in threat level, then the following list of tactical options should be considered by your business to help ensure security on your premises:

  • Have a lock down procedure
  • Increase security presence
  • Brief staff to be more vigilant
  • Work in partnership with local businesses • Ensure you have a fully functioning CCTV system
  • Establish parking checks
  • Instate a robust visitor entry process • Implement search regimes
  • Consider cancelling or postponing large events
  • Review staff abstractions
  • Enforce a stricter delivery system

REMEMBER ROBUST AND VIGILANT ‘COMMUNITIES’ PROVIDE A HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT FOR TERRORISTS/CRIMINALS TO OPERATE IN

The full National Stakeholder Menu of Tactical Options document can be found HERE

 

Project Griffin

Project Griffin Training Corps Security is pleased to announce that it is now a self-deliverer of Project Griffin training. This initiative was formed back in 2004 and encourages members of the public to work in Partnership with the police to deter and detect terrorist activity and crime. Our Project Griffin Champion within Corps Security is Russell Southern, and we asked him a few questions to find out more.

Can you give me some background to Project Griffin training? Project Griffin is the national counter terrorism awareness initiative for business produced by NaCTSO to protect cities and communities from the threat of terrorism.

The aim of Project Griffin is to:

  • Help understand the threat from terrorism to the UK
  • Guide individuals on what to do if they find themselves involved in a terrorist incident or event that leads to a planned attack
  • Enable people to recognise and report suspicious activity ·

What is your role within the training?

Now that we can self-deliver my role is to act as the link between the Police and Corps Security to provide updates and reports on modules that are taught along with the number of personnel trained.

How did we go about becoming a self-deliverer of the training?

What was the process?

I first heard that Project Griffin was available to be self-delivered from the Crime Prevention Association meetings that I attend monthly which are held by the City of London Police. The reason the Police decided for this to be self-delivered was due to the number of people they wish to be trained. The average number of people the Police were training annually was around 100,000. By allowing self-delivery they hope this will reach 1 million trained annually. Knowing the importance of the training and how good it would be to self-deliver I got in touch with the Police and arranged for a contract to be written up between Corps Security which would enable the company to self-deliver.  I had to speak to a number of people to arrange this between Corps Security and the Police as at first only limited companies were allowed to hold a contract. This has now been changed.

How do you think this helps the officers who get trained?

This benefits not only Corps Security staff but also allows us to deliver the training to the client and the tenants as well as, other service partners in the building. We can provide updated training when needed and out of the 14 available teaching modules available, can pick and choose which ones are relevant to the individuals being taught. This allows us to be very flexible with this training and carry out refreshers when necessary. Before we had to wait until sessions were available but now can deliver these as often as we like.

Why, do you think, is this training important?

With the ever changing threat from terrorism it is essential for not only security but all members of the public to be aware of what to look for and how to report. The more people are aware the more protected we all are from terrorism.

Armed Policing in the UK – An Update

In his last speech as commissioner of the Metropolitan police, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has said that armed police shouldn’t be afraid to shoot their weapons. In his speech to the Royal United Services Institute, Hogan-Howe stressed the importance of trusting our armed officers and to treat them less suspiciously. He did also say that he was concerned with the way that officers who are involved in shooting accidents are treated, saying some shootings take too long to investigate.

“We can’t afford to have officers think twice because they fear the consequences of shooting someone. That’s how they get shot, or the public gets hurt, or a criminal gets away with a gun.”

There seems to be a similar thought throughout the Metropolitan Police regarding armed officers. Here at Corps Relay, we have been following a Metropolitan Police Federation’s survey that indicates that nearly half of all Met police officers want more firearms specialists. This survey was answered by approximately a third of all Metropolitan police officers over the last three weeks of January, and another finding was that three quarters of all who answered believed that all officers should be issued with Tasers.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has been replaced as the commissioner of the Metropolitan police by Cressida Dick, the first female to be appointed to the role.

Future issues of Corps Relay will continue to provide updates on policing and security here in the UK.

For further information, or for back copies of Corps Relay, feel free to contact our team direct on 020 7566 0516 or via e-mail at mbluestone@corpssecurity.co.uk or ebrooksbank@corpssecurity.co.uk

Editor: Mike Bluestone

Associate Editor: Emma Brooksbank

Dear Readers,

Following on from our special bulletin of yesterday, here is a further update on the terror attack in Westminster, along with some additional guidance, and information:

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT THUS FAR

  • Four people have died and 40 people have been injured in a terror attack near the Houses of Parliament
  • At 14.40 GMT a single attacker drove a car over Westminster Bridge, near the Houses of Parliament in central London, killing at least two pedestrians and injuring many more
  • The car then crashed into railings outside the Houses of Parliament
  • The attacker, armed with a knife, ran to Parliament where he was confronted by the police. One officer, PC Keith Palmer – who was not armed – was stabbed and killed
  • The attacker was shot dead by armed officers
  • This was the first time a terror attack has been conducted in the UK where a conventional vehicle has been used as the primary ‘weapon’ of attack
  • The terrorist was also armed with a knife, which dealt the fatal blow to PC Palmer
  • Although reports indicate that the attack may have been the action of a lone wolf, a number of arrests have been made across the UK suggesting that more than one person was involved in the planning, or coordination of the attack
  • Significantly, Daesh (Islamic State) has belatedly claimed responsibility for the attack, although that claim should not necessarily be taken at face value, since terror groups such as Al Qaeda, and Daesh, will often claim responsibility for the terrorist actions of others in order to boost their own warped reputation

IMPLICATIONS FOR OUR READERS AND CUSTOMERS

The use of a conventional vehicle (in this case, a small car) demonstrates the ease with which terrorists can inflict death, injury and mayhem without recourse to firearms such as assault rifles, pistols or IEDs.  The implications for those involved in the protection of premises and property, is that focus must be placed on examining existing security measures and, in particular, having adequate defence in depth, i.e. a layered approach to protective security in place.  Thus, for example, outer perimeter security such as fencing, lockable gates, CCTV, access control, appropriate Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) measures, and of course vigilant and alert security officers, are all vital components in the prevention of attacks, as well as countering the gathering of hostile reconnaissance.

It seems more than a coincidence that the terrorist in this incident, after mowing down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge (an area frequently teeming with tourists and office workers) would then choose to crash his vehicle into railings close to, what is being described, as the weakest segment in perimeter security at the Palace of Westminster. This suggests that the perpetrator had this information to hand, and was thereby able to launch a knife attack, resulting in the tragic killing of an unarmed officer.  It must equally be acknowledged that by tackling the terrorist at that outer perimeter, the bravery of unarmed police officers restricted the threat of further death and injury beyond the very perimeter being guarded.

As a consequence of the above we pose some questions below which we hope will assist you to take practical steps to mitigate the threats from terrorism, and ramming attacks:

  • Are you satisfied with your existing access control physical measures?
  • Have you assessed whether Hostile Vehicle Mitigation measures are required?
  • Is entry to your premises or estates adequately controlled?
  • Can you deploy security personnel to perimeter areas which enable them to safely look out for vehicles being driven at excessive speed?
  • Are reporting mechanism fast enough to enable prompt activation of lockdowns in the event of a speeding vehicle being detected?
  • Who has operational control?
  • Are your personnel trained to understand and identify hostile reconnaissance?
  • What contingency plans exist to address situations where someone or something worrying or suspicious is discovered?
  • Do you have updated evacuation and invacuation contingency plans?
  • Are reporting procedures adequate in terms of escalation of concerns, and police support?

‘Top Tips’:

  • Restrict both pedestrian and vehicular access to authorised persons and vehicles only
  • Maintain a good flow of intelligence and information, including close liaison with  local Police and Counter-Terrorism advisors
  • Have the right calibre of trained people in place, including well trained Security teams
  • Carry out regular tests (including Penetration Tests) and drills of all security and safety systems
  • Implement both internal and external security audits
  • Ensure that Contingency and Emergency plans are in place and are easily accessible for all relevant personnel
  • Always ensure that Security teams are alert to suspicious behaviour and activity in or around your subject premises or environment!

REMEMBER! It is vital that Access Control and anti-tailgating measures are as robust as possible, and that unauthorised persons are not allowed to gain access to your premises!

Despite this attack, the international terror threat level in the UK remains at severe, meaning an attack is “highly likely”.

The current threat level from international terrorism for the UK was raised on 29 August 2014 and is now assessed as: SEVERE

 

The threat level for Irish related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain

 

In Northern Ireland it is: SEVERE and in Great Britain SUBSTANTIAL

NOTE:

  • CRITICAL means that a terrorist attack is imminent
  • SEVERE means that a terrorist attack is highly likely
  • SUBSTANTIAL that an attack is a strong possibility
  • MODERATE that an attack is possible but unlikely

Everyone should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to the Police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.

REPORT IT!

You may end up saving a life or lives… and there is nothing more rewarding than that…

The following telephone numbers may be useful:

  • Corps Security Central Support – 0141 847 2044
  • Specific advice on Counter-Terrorism matters: 020 7566 0516

Editor: Mike Bluestone

Associate Editor: Emma Brooksbank

Dear Readers,

This afternoon’s terror attack in the Westminster area of London remains an ongoing incident.  Media reports thus far indicate the following summary of events:

  • A police officer has been stabbed in the Houses of Parliament in central London
  • The alleged assailant was shot by armed police
  • Witnesses report seeing several people being “mowed down” by a vehicle on Westminster Bridge (two fatalities have been reported at this time)
  • Footage on social media shows people lying in the road
  • Metropolitan Police say they are treating it as a terrorist incident and buildings are in lockdown

Parliament and several other iconic sites within the Westminster area remain on lockdown, and Westminster tube station is closed.  Some customer premises within the Westminster district may also presently be on lockdown, although others located outside of the immediate secure zone, may not be affected.  Corps Security’s operations teams are in contact with relevant customer sites affected by the incident, and are providing support to our Site Security Management, and security officer teams.

Until all the facts relating to the incident are fully known, we urge all readers with premises in Central London to maintain the highest levels of vigilance, paying special attention to access control, as well as to the reporting of any suspicious activity around premises.  Those customers with premises in Central London will likely find disruption to public transport throughout this evening.

The following telephone numbers may be useful:

  • Corps Security Central Support – 0141 847 2044
  • Specific advice on Counter-Terrorism matters: 020 7566 0516

Mike Bluestone CSyP

Director

Corps Consult

terrorism update

Hello and welcome to our first 2017 edition of Corps Relay – the newsletter designed to help you protect your people and property. This month’s bumper edition includes an overview of the Battles for Mosul and how Daesh are losing ground, as well as an extended look at armed guarding within the UK. We also cover the atrocities in Istanbul and Berlin over the festive period, as well as a look at the additional security measures put in place for the London New Year celebrations following those attacks.

armed police update

Hello readers and welcome to the latest issue of Corps Relay, the newsletter designed to help you protect your people and property whilst giving important updates and news from the world of
security. We start with the atrocities committed in Nice, looking into the method and the people behind the attack, before touching upon other recent attacks. We then share our very own 8 Principles of Security and how they apply within the Onion Skin Principle, before giving an update on the Armed Policing in the UK. Our Corps People Profile this issue is John Ford, one of our Regional Operations Managers.

Dear Reader,
Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of Corps Relay. With a lot of action happening around the UK, we thought we’d concentrate on security updates around the United Kingdom this issue. We start with the IED fiasco at Old Trafford before we head just across the way to the simulated terror attack at the Trafford Centre. We give an update on armed police in the UK, and do a round-up of terror related arrests before jumping across the Irish Sea to Ireland, where we discuss the threat of Irish related terror being increased. We finally finish in London with a Corps profile of an up-and-coming Site Manager.

Dear Reader,
Welcome to the latest issue of Corps Relay. We focus on technology this time around but also providing an update of the key topic of armed policing in the UK. We discuss the apparent launching of a “superweapon” to help in the fight against Daesh, as well as recap over the Apple vs FBI debate and how that relates to WhatsApp’s new security upgrade. A look into future security concerns at the hands of quantum computers is also speculated upon before we introduce a new segment profiling some members of our staff.

Dear Reader,
Hello and welcome to this special issue of Corps Relay, aimed at providing you with the important information you need to know to protect you and your business.

Dear Reader,
Hello and welcome to our latest edition of Corps Relay, aimed at providing you with
the important information you need to know to protect you and your business.
In this issue we detail some recent high profile terror attacks, as well as provide
some information on how to manage protest groups, and finally give you an update
of the latest dev