Events Planning and Counter Terrorism Considerations

We are working together with North Yorkshire Police and the Counter Terrorism Police North East to provide event organisers with advice and support on how to counter the threat of terrorism when planning an event in the borough. The threat from terrorism is real and increasingly unpredictable, with public spaces and crowded areas being an attractive target for a terrorist. The threat level from terrorism in the UK currently stands at ‘SEVERE’ which means an attack is likely.

We would like you to consider what you can do to reduce your risk and mitigate against the impact of such an attack. Having effective planning in place can greatly reduce the likelihood of an attack. 

You may be familiar with putting together a plan for your event and will know how to address many of the requirements around safety but you may not be so familiar with security issues and terrorism in particular. Here are some of the things we would like you to consider when putting your plan together

Security planning

We would encourage you to produce a security plan addressing the terrorism threat which should take account of attack methodology and your vulnerabilities. Key issues for inclusions would be:

  • Before the event, how will you advertise it, be careful not to give too much information out that might assist a terrorist in planning an attack. Consider what can be included to deter this, we call this deterrence communications
  • Your site itself, starting from the approach, the perimeter to inside where the event is taking place. What is the risk and what can you do to mitigate against it? 
  • Communications. Key to managing any incident, are yours ‘fit for purpose? It’s not just about how you communicate with your staff but also the public
  • Staff training for both paid and volunteers. There is some excellent free online training to raise awareness and to empower your staff. Register for online training

The Scarborough Safety Advisory Group strongly recommend planning for a terrorist incident and may ask you for details of your security plan when considering your application.

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