Looking to the future with Project Griffin
Project Griffin continues to be an integral strand of UK Counter Terrorism, together with Project Argus and Project Servator.
Since the launch of Industry Self-delivery in 2016, progress is being made towards the goal of 1 million people Griffin-awareness trained.
Project Griffin has extended its audience and is now suitable for everyone, not just security guards. In particular, the intention is to train any member of staff who works with the public or in public spaces. British Transport Police have been at the vanguard of Project Griffin, ensuring that all members of staff working on the railway, as well as the police officers, are awareness trained. In a football stadium, the whole personnel can be trained. This brings great benefits to all concerned.
Organisations can now apply to be accredited for self-delivery and then can train their own staff. NaCTSO will register approved companies and provide them with the Project Griffin package relevant to their sector, plus regular future updates.
The criteria for those organisations that can apply has recently changed. Full details are available on the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) website www.gov.uk/government/publications/new-initiative-project-griffin-industry-self-delivery.
Plans for 2018
During 2018, further improvements are planned for Project Griffin. These include refreshing the website and online courses. Also, there are plans to look at the accreditation formula and process, with the possibility of liaising with the SIA to incorporate Project Griffin awareness training within the training for guards.
Griffin Awareness days are still offered locally. You can contact your local CTSA for details of local awareness days (www.gov.uk/government/publications/counter-terrorism-support-for-businesses-and-communities/working-with-counter-terrorism-security-advisers#contact-your-ctsa).
Don Randall, MBE
Chairman, City of London Crime Prevention Association
Coming soon… Cyber Griffin
Cyber Griffin is a new initiative due to be launched by the City of London Police’s Cyber Crime Unit later this year.
It will follow the basic format of the force’s counter terrorism offering, Project Griffin, but will be solely focused on helping City businesses improve their cyber security and defender skills while providing them with threat intelligence and incident response training for free.