New counter-terrorism partnership aims for a safer Scotland

Dave Humphries, SIA director of Partnerships and Interventions, who was the keynote speaker said,

“The SIA is working with enforcement and security agencies and with the security industry to make communities safer from terrorism. One way in which we can do this through the Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS), which certifies that businesses that are part of the scheme have met the agreed standards. A security business frequently has professional, trained staff working in locations which may be a target for a terror attack – therefore they can offer an informed response in a crisis to ensure public protection. We are promoting the need for the 300,000-plus people who hold SIA licences to be encouraged and equipped to contribute effectively in the fight against terrorism”.

This event marked a change in approach for the scheme’s partners. It builds on Police Scotland’s existing work with the private security industry through initiatives such as Project Griffin, which was undertaken in conjunction with the SBRC.

During the event, the Scottish Business Resilience Centre gave a presentation that included a sobering counter-terrorism threat assessment. They emphasised the importance of initiatives like Project Argus (business preparedness for a terrorist attack) and Project Griffin (individual counter-terrorism training).

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