On Tuesday and Wednesday this week (26 and 27 September), the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) was exhibiting and speaking at the Global Counter Terror & Serious and Organised Crime Summit, which was part of the International Security Expo at Olympia in London.
The high-level summit offered a unique opportunity to bring key agencies from the sector together to hear directly from those setting the policy and leading the charge to counter the threats that we all face.
NaCTSO was able to meet with many industry experts, government officials, and academics about the work being delivered, and how this will help us to collectively build a safer and more secure future.
Det Chief Supt Helen Williams, Counter Terrorism Policing National Coordinator for Protect and Prepare, led a session outlining the evolving national security challenges, CTP’s work with the public and businesses to counter those threats, and the role of CTP in the government’s updated Counter Terrorism Strategy (CONTEST). Other speakers from CTPHQ and NaCTSO were involved in sharing updates on the international threat, the support for business and security in implementing Martyn’s Law, and a showcase of the capabilities NaCTSO has on offer to support.
The event was also an opportunity to introduce the new Head of NaCTSO, Supt Amanda King, who reflected:
“The opportunity to interact with business and security professionals face-to-face is invaluable. It is so important that we work together to tackle the continually evolving terror threat. We need to have a collective responsibility to protect against and prepare for attacks.”
The event also led to hundreds more engagements with the ProtectUK website which offers advice and guidance to businesses and security professionals to better protect and prepare their employees and visitors.