The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO), the organisation responsible for promoting the government’s counter terrorism strategy, has announced the withdrawal of Project Griffin. Project Griffin has been replaced by ACT Awareness eLearning.
Where previously an accredited trainer had to come out to site, to deliver a three-hour training session, this is no longer required. Now the training session is online and available at any time, making it much easier for organisations to provide anti-terror training to their staff.
The new training consists of videos advising security personnel of how to spot suspicious behaviour, what to do if there is a bomb threat at the premises, and how to respond to a mass shooting. ESG plans to offer the course to its security personnel working in crowded places, such as shopping centres and other busy places.
The NaCTSO believe the course is easy to follow and will leave security staff in a stronger position to help protect themselves, colleagues, and the public. The advice for the general public is to ‘run, hide and tell’ if they find themselves confronted by violent extremism.