FREE counter terrorism training is being made available to everyone to teach them how to react to a major incident.
The lessons, which were devised by counter terrorism officers and security experts, were previously only available to staff working in crowded areas.
But Counter Terrorism Policing has now opened the training modules to anyone who wants to become a so-called ‘CT Citizen’, so they can spot the signs of suspicious behaviour.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said the London Bridge terror attack on November 29 was a ‘stark reminder’ of the ‘ongoing threat and the need for vigilance’.
However, the NPCC said the decision to open the training to the public was not made in response to the attack, which left two people dead.
The online training, which was originally devised in partnership with Marks & Spencer, is available from today and free to anyone who wants to take part.
Called ACT (Action Counters Terrorism) Awareness, consists of seven modules and takes 45 minutes to complete.
The sections include how to identify and respond to suspicious behaviour, what to do in the event of a bomb threat and how to respond to a firearms or weapons attack.
Dep Asst Comm Lucy D’Orsi, senior national co-ordinator for protective security, said: ‘ACT Awareness eLearning is especially useful for anyone working in or regularly visiting crowded places. The threat level remains at substantial, meaning an attack is likely, so giving everyone the chance to be extra eyes and ears for police and security teams helps keep all communities safe.’
She added: ‘The festive period is obviously a busy one, so this is a good time to join up and become a CT Citizen.’