Countering the threat of terrorism

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A MAJOR seminar is coming to Hartlepool to tackle everything from security to terrorism.

A plea also went out to town firms – make sure you sign up today because you never know when a crisis may strike.

Organisers say it is a perfect way for them to show they are not getting complacent with their security.

More than 400 businesses across the Hartlepool area have been sent an invitation to the awareness event which is part of the national Project Griffin campaign – a police initiative to protect communities from the threat of terrorism.

The seminar is free of charge and being held at Hartlepool United Football Club tomorrow.

It is being broken down into two half-day workshops which will run from 9.30am to 12.30pm, and from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

The co-ordinator is Mark Rycraft, the manager of the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, in Hartlepool.

He said: “You can really never be ready enough for any crisis that befalls your company in the day-to-day operation of it.

“This event provides a senario and interaction for companies so that they can get a different perspective on what can happen.”

The event is by invitation only - but that invitation has gone out to shop managers, supervisors, security staff and business owners to attend the event which is fully endorsed and supported by the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

Its focus will be on how to recognise, respond to, and report suspicious activity and behaviour.

It will help delegates to think about their own procedures for dealing with incidents and emergencies.

The event will be presented by Cleveland Police Counter Terrorism security advisors covering topics such as:

l the current threat level;

l hostile reconnaissance;

l recognising the components of an explosive device.

Inspector Carl Broughton, of Cleveland Police, said: “This project is an invaluable tool in protecting both Hartlepool and Cleveland against terrorism. Project Griffin trained employees are better prepared to recognise and respond appropriately to threats from terrorism, as well as the other everyday criminality that affects us all, which in turn will assist the resilience of businesses.”

Attendance is based on a first come first served basis.

l Anyone wanting to attend can contact Mr Rycraft by emailing: mark@middleton-grange.co.uk