NaCTSO launches ACT app to help businesses during terror attacks
The UK National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) has launched a new Action Counters Terrorism app (ACT app) for providing real-time information from The National Counter Terrorism Policing Network (CT Policing).
The app also provides round-the-clock protective security advice, which is available for downloading from Google Play or App Store, said the National Counter Terrorism Security Office.
Over a thousand specialists from across the country have been helping officers test run the ACT app, which includes some of the major organisations from the security, sporting, and retail sectors.
Free to be downloaded for businesses, the app, which is powered by Urim, has been developed in partnership with industry specialists from e-learning materials supplier Highfield eLearning and retailer Marks and Spencer.
The ACT app will give access to practical advice and guidance to help businesses to protect themselves along with details on how they can respond in case of a terror attack. It will also provide information on CT Policing’s ACT training products along with access to the online e-learning package.
Apart from that, the new app offers a suite of NaCTSO guidance videos, an online reporting form and confidential hotline, real-time news updates from UK Protect, and emergency response and post-incident guidance. The National Counter Terrorism Security Office said that based on user feedback, more features will be developed in ACT app. Protective Security Senior National Coordinator and MetPoliceUK Deputy Assistant Commissioner in Specialist Operations Lucy D’Orsi said: “We have made crucial information available for our business partners even easier and quicker to access and the added bonus is that it is free.
“The feedback we have received during the trial phase has been overwhelmingly positive and I encourage everyone working in crowded places – particularly those with a security role – to sign up to use this new tool. We would like everyone to feel that they have a role to play in national security and making the UK a hostile place for terrorists to operate. For me the ACT app is a further example of how collaboration and integration between police and the private sector can enhance national security and collectively work to make all communities safer.”