First of all let me say how saddened I am at the events that transpired in London at the weekend. To witness such a horrific attack upon members of the general public, particularly after the previous week’s horror in Manchester, will no doubt remain firm in the minds of many for some time to come. Our thoughts remain with those who were injured in the events of Saturday night and to the families who have lost their loved ones.
Tremendous praise should be afforded to members of the emergency services who continue to perform the most heroic of actions under the most difficult of conditions. Likewise, the same must be said of those members of the public who selflessly risked their own lives to help those in need.
Vigilance must be the watchword of the day for the private security industry.
Dealing with urban terrorism of this kind is very difficult and must certainly be led by our Security and Police services that have the necessary intelligence, training and resources to most effectively counter this type of violence. There is simply no substitute from the private sector that can match effective intelligence-led, community-focused policing as the focal point of our counter-terrorism efforts.
What we in the private security industry can do is support these efforts through specialist training initiatives such as Project Griffin and through the dissemination of official Police and Government advice to our staff and customers. Our frontline security officers also have a huge role to play in providing reliable, accurate and up-to-date information on anything suspicious that they witness when on duty. We will be redoubling our efforts here at Oakpark Security in the coming weeks to ensure that our frontline staff understand the importance of such vigilance.
I would also like to draw attention to the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) recently released directive of ‘RUN, HIDE, TELL’. This is invaluable advice that could save your life – and the lives of others – in the event of a terror event. Please click on the image below to get a full size version that can be saved and reposted on your social media.
Once more, please remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to the Anti-Terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.