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Counter Terrorism Security Advisers

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We have always said that ‘communities defeat terrorism’.  That is why the ACT campaign urges the public to do just that.

In the UK, the current threat level from International terrorism is at ‘severe’ meaning that an attack is highly likely. The threat from terrorism, globally and in the UK, is higher than it has been in recent times. The UK is facing a number of different and enduring terrorist threats, both international and domestic.

With regard to the terrorist threat, we want communities in Nottinghamshire to be ‘alert, not alarmed.’

We advise you to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity to us, in confidence on 101 or via the gov.uk ACT website.  In an emergency always call 999.

For up to date information, follow Nottinghamshire Police (@nottspolice) and Counter Terrorism Policing (@TerrorismPolice) on Twitter.

Action Counter Terrorism (ACT)

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The National ACT awareness campaign provides free resources (Podcasts, leaflets, posters) for your use.  It highlights what suspicious activity looks like and hosts an online reporting tool for reporting online material that promotes terrorism or extremism at www.gov.uk/ACT

What do we mean by ‘suspicious activity’?

The ACT campaign lists the following examples of the kind of behaviour that could be terrorist related:


  • Meetings, training and planning can take place anywhere.
  • Do you know someone who travels but is vague about where they’re going?
  • Do you know someone with passports or other documents in different names, for no obvious reason?
  • Do you know someone who looks at extremist material, including on the so-called Dark Web, or shares and creates content that promotes or glorifies terrorism?
  • Have you noticed someone embracing or actively promoting hateful ideas or an extremist ideology?

Gathering materials

  • Suspicious materials can be ordered online as well as in store. Have you noticed someone receiving deliveries for unusual items bought online?
  • If you work in commercial vehicle hire or sales, has a sale or rental seemed unusual?
  • Have you noticed someone buying large or unusual quantities of chemicals, fertilisers or gas cylinders for no obvious reason?
  • Have you noticed someone acquiring illegal firearms or other weapons or showing an interest in obtaining them?

Storing materials

  • Terrorists need to store equipment while preparing for an attack. Have you noticed anyone storing large amounts of chemicals, fertilisers or gas cylinders?
  • Have you noticed anyone storing illegal firearms or objects that could potentially be weapons?

Hostile reconnaissance

  • Observation and surveillance help terrorists plan attacks. Have you witnessed anyone taking pictures or notes of security arrangements or CCTV?


  • Cheque and credit card fraud are ways of generating cash. Have you noticed any suspicious or unusual bank transactions?

If you see suspicious behaviour/activity, please do not ignore it.  Trust your instincts and ACT – your call could save lives.

Protective security advice for businesses

National Crowded Place Guidance for Businesses

Free National Crowded Place Guidance is available for businesses to download from the gov.uk website.

Developed by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office working with the Home Office and CPNI, the guidance sets out how businesses can incorporate counter terrorism into their policies, procedures and working practices.

Also refer to comprehensive advice for security managers of crowded places to improve their security stance during a heightened threat level.

Run, hide, tell

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‘Stay Safe’ Weapons Attack Advice is available for the public on the steps you can take to keep themselves safe in the rare event of a firearms or weapons attack is available by viewing the Stay Safe film on the gov.uk website.

Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP) collaborated with specialists from the PSHE Association and Girl guiding to take terrorism safety advice into the UK’s classrooms and youth organisations in 'ACT for Youth: RUN HIDE TELL'.

Nottinghamshire Counter Terrorism Security Advisers and Counter Terrorism Awareness Adviser

Our Counter Terrorism Security Advisers (CTSAs) and Counter Terrorism Awareness Adviser (CTAA) offer protective and counter terrorism security advice free of charge to businesses to help protect against the threat from terrorism.

Their advice takes into account both conventional and non-conventional terrorist attack methodologies.

The aim is to help the business to reduce their vulnerability to terrorist threats by:

  • Advising on the protection of crowded places and reducing opportunities for terrorism through environmental design
  • Raising counter terrorism awareness through Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) presentations and training to businesses, industries and public bodies.
  • Offering specialist advice regarding the security of hazardous substances (e.g. explosives and pre-cursor chemicals (including fertilisers), pathogens and toxins, radiological sources and other toxic chemicals).
  • Encouraging businesses to adopt business continuity plans for a terrorist attack/serious incident

Our staff will facilitate an enhanced Police version of the ACT awareness briefing as well as counter terrorism table-top exercises to test your plans and procedures.

Events can be tailored to your needs and will be held at your premises.  There is no cost to your business. 

Attendees will be given certificates to form part of the professional development portfolio.

If you need further information or would like to arrange an event, fill out our Contact Our Counter Terrorism Security Advisers enquiries form.

Counter Terrorism ACT eLearning Package

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The ACT eLearning package has been developed and is now available free for businesses to use.

The ACT campaign focuses on raising awareness by providing modules such as the current threat, how to identify and respond to suspicious behaviour and items, bomb threats and Marauding Terrorist Firearms Attacks (MTFAs).

Where there are counter terrorism training needs identified, please contact us as we will put together targeted briefings for you where possible.