Community safety

Project Griffin - Counter-terrorism

Project Griffin is the national counter terrorism awareness initiative for business produced by NaCTSO to protect our cities and communities from the threat of terrorism. 

The aim of Project Griffin is to  help understand the threat from terrorism to the UK,   to guide individuals on what to do if they find themselves involved in a terrorist incident or event that leads up to a planned attack and to enable people to recognise and report suspicious activity.

Project Griffin currently holds briefing events to increase public and staff awareness of how best to reduce and respond to the most likely types of terrorist activities. The events are presented by trained police advisors delivering a range of CT awareness modules. 

Events are free and can last between one and six hours depending on the time available and number of modules covered. The modules are reviewed and updated regularly and currently cover the following topics: 

  • Current Threat Firearms & Weapons attacks Hostile Reconnaissance 
  • Document Awareness Response to Suspicious Items Drones (U.A.V) 
  • Bombs (I.E.D) Postal threat Social Networking 
  • Cyber Domestic Extremism Insider Threat 

 

 NaCTSO also launched a new Griffin initiative, Project Griffin - Industry Self Delivery, on 20th April 2016. 

Specialist officers around the country are now briefing around 100,000 workers every year. However the new self-delivery programme aims to reach ten times that number. 

Companies wishing to deliver Project Griffin to their employees are invited to apply to register with NaCTSO. 

NaCTSO will register approved companies and provide them with the NaCTSO Project Griffin package relevant to their sector, plus regular future updates. 

To ensure that a company is a ‘fit and proper body’ to deliver Project Griffin, the following essential criteria for registration will be applied.  A company must:  

a)      be a PLC 

b)      Have an existing corporate training structure using accredited trainers 

c)      Operate in the ‘Crowded lace’ environment 

d)      Deliver all and any part of the NaCTSO Project Griffin product free of charge 

e)      Sign a formal contract agreeing to abide by NaCTSO (MPS) Crown Copyright terms & conditions of use  

Further details can be found on the NaCTSO website, www.nactso.gov.uk, and clicking to register will take you

to Eventbrite, the registration mechanism and quite a simple process to follow. 

Once registered - and assuming that all the above criteria are met - companies will then be registered on the NaCTSO website and allocated a unique registration number. These details will be included on a NaCTSO Project Griffin Certificate of Attendance when employees have completed a module(s). The certificates will include the NaCTSO and company logo’s, the name of the deliverer and their companies unique NaCTSO Reg. No.  NaCTSO will contact registered companies to offer assistance to their trainers through a Product Familiarisation programme, which will enable them to deliver the product to their employees. (Attendance would not be compulsory but may incur an attendance charge to recover costs). 

If you have any questions then please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    Or Visit www.nactso.gov.uk for further details and to register.

 

 

Don't Give Out Bank Details

Merton council is warning residents not to give bank account details to a company claiming to reduce council tax payments. 

A company has been calling residents offering to save them money by assessing which council tax band they should be in. 

Calling from the number 0844 800 9426, is it understood the caller asks for bank account details, so an administration charge can be paid up front, to cover investigation costs. 

Anyone wishing to check their council tax band can visit the Government Evaluation Service  which offers the same service for free.

Telephone Scam - February 2016

A member advised us that he felt that he had just avoided being scammed by a telephone sales call offering him an additional or improved version of the Telephone Preference Service to which he belonged. (Many of us have signed up via our telephone provider for this service, but unfortunately it still allows international and unlisted numbers to be put through).

Shortly afterwards there was a warning on a BBC advice programme that people were being asked to enter into an “improved” scheme - paying £80.00  by debit or credit card  for the service - but actually getting nothing in return.

As usual, the advice is NEVER accept services or quotes from unsolicited callers however smooth tongued and believable – whether on the telephone or at the front door!

However, if you believe you have been scammed, or wish to report a suspected scam via email, telephone, or caller, please contact the Action Fraud Line on 0300 123 2040 or go on line to:

 

 

 www.actionfraud.police.uk/support_for_you

Parking on Pavements - April 2016

 

Members may have recently seen notices put up in our streets by Merton Council about parking on pavements. It seems that, in streets where parking on the pavement is already permitted, the signs say that that, although pavement parking is allowed, if cars do not leave a 1 metre gap for pedestrians, wheelchair users etc. they will receive a penalty. 

How they decide which car is at fault when there is less than a 1 metre gap, remains to be seen! 

On other streets, they advise that you will receive a penalty if you park on the pavement or the grass verges at all.

These signs evidently vary according to each street, so watch out!

To quote Merton Council's policy,

Currently the borough has 665 unregulated roads (roads not in a CPZ), in 321 of that number parking on the pavement will not be allowed and enforcement action will be taken by the issue of a PCN against vehicles parked in contravention of the parking regulations.

Merton's full list of roads, listing where whether pavement parking is allowed or not may be seen by clicking  here.

 

 

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