The Cross Sector Safety and Security Communications (CSSC) initiative continues to provide fast time, accurate and authoritative messaging, with an average of 30 messages sent per month, via nearly 3,500 Industry Sector Leaders. Here we provide the CSSC Summer Update 2022.
More than 140 trade associations are registered to the CSSC creating a potential reach of more than 12 million businesses and communities.
The recent Extinction Rebellion (XR) demonstrations in the City of London showed the speed of response and extent of the messages, with nearly 70 related messages sent in April 2022.
The aim of CSSC is to harmonise the sharing of information and it is fully supportive of related initiatives. For example, in the City of London, the recently launched CityIntel is a new joint communications platform developed by the City Security Council (CSC) that allows real-time incident information to flow rapidly between the City of London Police Joint Command Control Room (JCCR) and the CSC members who are based in the City. The CSSC initiative is aligned with CityIntel.
We welcome Mike Owens, the incoming Chairman for CSSC North-West, with thanks to outgoing Chairman, Marc Bannister.
There are CSSC hubs in each of the UK regions. In this edition, we include updates from East Midlands CSSC and CSSC North-East and Yorkshire from their recent newsletters:
Message from CSSC North-East and Yorkshire Chair, Andy Davis, MSc., CSyP, FSyI, CPP
2022 was supposed to be the year where we were able to recover from two years of COVID and return to what was mooted as the ‘New Normal’, in whatever form that took. Then war returned to Europe!
Few anticipated the unfolding actions of the Russian government against Ukraine, a neighbouring sovereign state, nor the horrors that continue to be witnessed by those of us lucky enough to have a free media upon which we can make informed decisions about what is actually happening. Our thoughts are with all those suffering because of this conflict.
What the conflict has also shown is the importance of accurate and timely information that can be used to protect individuals and organisations from harm. That demonstrates the relevance of CSSC as an accurate information source which businesses can rely upon and trust to be accurate.
As a region, our Senior Management Team met on the 1 April where we discussed some of the existing vacancies and agreed the appointment of three new members of the board to support sub-regional activities. Many thanks to everybody who volunteered their services for these positions and we look forward to working with the new board members over the coming months.
We look forward to welcoming new and old members to our next regional event which is being held in Darlington on 7 July 2022. We will be joined by the Police & Crime Commissioner for Durham, Joy Allen as well as trainers from the regional Counter-Terrorism Police and over 25 businesses who have already signed up for this event.
Message from the East Midlands CSSC, Andrew Nicholls
The aim of the East Midlands CSSC is to reach as many people as possible through connections to businesses, local organisations, charities, government bodies, to name a few.
The East Midlands Region is now four years old and our membership continues to grow. There are more than 350 member organisations listed on our database, with a potential reach of over a quarter of a million! We are receiving some great support from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit and we will shortly be helping to launch a new business fraud awareness initiative across the region. Our success has been due to the support of the local Counter Terrorism Security Advisers and the work of our Industry Sector Leaders as well as the considerable commitment made by our board members, who give a lot of their own time to make things happen.