Counter-Terrorism

The Victoria BID Safe and Secure programme works with local businesses to plan, prepare, prevent and protect against all forms of terrorism.

Our overriding priority is to keep the public safe by working with our community, remaining vigilant and reporting suspicious behaviour which may be terrorist-related to police. Raising awareness and strengthening communication portals is the key to success. The Victoria BID sponsors a number of initiatives that are regularly reviewed. Here are examples of the sessions we can arrange to make business safer.

Strategic counter-terrorism training (ARGUS)

We encourage senior business staff to attend free seminars on working together to  counter potential terrorist attacks. Project Argus is a three hour multimedia simulation that addresses preventing, handling and recovering from an attack. It is aimed at managers and assistant managers and can be presented at a police station, or at a business location.

Operational counter-terrorism training (GRIFFIN)

The Victoria BID sponsors Project Griffin that coordinates the resources of the police, emergency services, local authorities, business and the private sector security industry. It is recognised as national best practice and is being implemented by police forces, cities and communities throughout the UK.

Bespoke counter-terrorism (FAIRWAY)

Project FAIRWAY is one of the key intelligence-gathering operations for the UK coordinated nationally by the Counter Terrorism Command. Working in association with the Victoria BID, Counter Terrorism Detectives visit workplaces to provide free training on current threat levels, hostile reconnaissance and domestic/international/extremist terrorism. We offer free document training around recruitment fraud.

Explosives awareness (EXPO)

Explosives are becoming increasingly sophisticated and difficult to detect. Former military bomb-disposal officers now employed by the UK Police Services present an informative audio and visual session to raise industry awareness around Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and vehicle borne explosives.

Security advisors (CTSAs)

The Victoria BID works with Police Counter Terrorism Security Advisors (CTSAs) to carry out surveys and offer free advice on working environment security for companies in the area.

Community messaging systems

All staff are encouraged to join free messaging systems that provide up-to-date information on live police incidents, traffic management, crime prevention and  policing information.

  • Community Safe www.communitysafe.gov.uk (Select Westminster Urgent & Standard).
  • Neighbourhood Link www.neighbourhoodlink.met.police.uk (Select Westminster).
  • Facewatch Intranet www.facewatch.co.uk (Select Victoria Business Improvement District Group).

Twitter social networking is used by local authorities to tweet information:

  • @metpoliceevents
  • @metpoliceuk
  • @btp_uk
  • @tfLtravelalerts
  • @LondonFire
  • @MPSWestminster
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