Crowded Places Guidance 2017

The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) have launched a new and updated guidance intended to give protective security advice to those responsible for managing the security of crowded places. This new guidance is primarily aimed at those with a responsibility for security at crowded places and those who own or run businesses, organisations, amenities or utilities. The document has been written by NaCTSO with the support of The Centre for the

Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and over 100 subject matter and academic experts. It covers the key areas of protective security including physical, personnel, personal and cyber. It provides guidance on how different sectors can act to help make their business, institutions or organisations safer. Its purpose to support those who are charged with security at crowded places mitigate the threat and help make the UK less vulnerable to an attack. The guidance is interactive and designed to assist crowded place sectors assess the risk and build a security plan to help mitigate that risk and recover more quickly should there be a terrorist attack.

As the terrorist threat evolves the guidance has been designed to be a living document taking the best advice from some of the UK’s leading experts and organisations. There are many links within the guidance directing readers to websites providing support in your planning. NaCTSO state, “The foundation for the ability to manage during a crisis lies in the preparations we make.  It is important that we all recognise the risks, develop security plans, train our staff, carry out rehearsal exercises and understand our roles and responsibilities.

Leadership will come from all levels within an organisation during an incident but must come from the top to change the security culture”.

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