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The primary role of Counter Terrorism Security Advisors (CTSAs) is to provide help, advice and guidance on all aspects of counter terrorism protective security to specified industry sectors. In addition, CTSAs are responsible for the provision of protective security advice to Publicly Accessible Locations (areas where there may be large crowds who could be vulnerable to terrorist attacks) for example shopping centres, sporting stadiums, pubs and bars or transport hubs etc.

CTSAs also work with local authorities and businesses, organisations and professional bodies to identify and assess sites that may be vulnerable to terrorist attack. They advise them about counter terrorism protective security and the guidance available that should be incorporated into their general crime prevention plans, advice and guidance.

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Working with businesses

CTSAs can deliver a choice of counter terrorism awareness packages tailored to different levels of expertise and responsibility within an organisation.

ACT Awareness

This package is a presentation aimed at all job types, to raise staff awareness of current counter terrorism considerations.

The following modules are available:

  • Introduction to counter terrorism
  • Current threat
  • Identifying and responding to suspicious activity
  • Identifying and dealing with suspicious items
  • Bomb Threats
  • Responding to a firearms or weapons attack
  • Insider threat 

ACT Operational

This package has been designed as an interactive workshop aimed at operational supervisors and their staff.

The main objective is to raise awareness of the ongoing threat from terrorism and improve the security culture in an organisation. Participation will increase staff’s confidence in how best to respond to a situation or incident.

ACT Strategic

This package has been created as an interactive workshop aimed at the policy writers and strategic decision makers within an organisation.

The main objective is to help delegates prepare strategies to manage and then recover from a terrorist attack. The workshop develops understanding of issues and highlights best practice from all businesses and organisations within a specified geographical area.

ACT Revise

This package is a presentation aimed at those who legitimately and routinely use hazardous materials, in particular the academic community. Revise is a multimedia package which highlights the potential misuse of hazardous materials and develops understanding of how to protect against it.

See, Check and Notify (ScaN)

Organisations that specifically wish to focus on hostile reconnaissance should opt for See, Check and Notify (SCaN) workshops.

SCaN recognises that people are a company’s best advantage in helping prevent and tackle a range of threats including terrorism, criminal activity and unlawful protest. SCaN is designed to help businesses maximise safety and security, using their existing resources, so staff and representatives learn how to spot suspicious activity, how to deter it and what to do when they encounter it.

CTSAs can:

CTSA's Can

CTSAs are trained in specialist areas and can provide advice and guidance on:

CTSA's are trained in specialist areas

If you need further information about any of the above packages or would like to arrange an event, please contact a local police CTSA using the list below.

CTSA contact list

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