Organisations with publicly-accessible locations are being encouraged to do their bit to protect the public from terrorist and other criminal activity, by using new awareness training – SCaN (See, Check and Notify) – to help their staff maximise safety and security. To access the free, government-backed awareness package directly, visit https://scan.highfieldelearning.com
What is SCaN?
See, Check and Notify (SCaN) for All Staff – is a free package that uses hard-hitting video content to provide staff with an awareness of how to recognise suspicious activity (see, check) and know what to do when they encounter it (notify).
Developed by the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), SCaN for All Staff is part of a wider SCaN training programme, which aims to support organisations, venues and events to train staff to help disrupt hostile reconnaissance – the information-gathering terrorists and other criminals need to do to plan.
SCaN and the City of London Police
SCaN for All Staff was promoted for the first time at an in-person event by Sgt Pete Lucas, from the National Project Servator Team, based at the City of London Police, which is responsible for developing and overseeing the SCaN training programme.
Sgt Lucas said: “We believe SCaN is the future of security awareness. It can be the difference between an organisation being considered a target for hostile activity, or it being perceived as too difficult.
“SCaN for All Staff gives organisations the opportunity to mobilise their workforces to help keep us all safe. We believe it will help empower staff to know what to do if they encounter suspicious activity.
“If used up and down the country, this could be a huge force multiplier, which is why we are making this accessible to everyone for free.
“We are asking security industry colleagues and other professionals, such as learning and development leads, to champion this training in their own organisations. Your people are your biggest advantage in preventing and tackling hostile acts, such as terrorism or an insider threat.
“SCaN for All Staff, including a video, facilitators notes and knowledge check, can be accessed online and delivered in-house, without having to rely on specialist trainers.”
Figen Murray supports SCaN
Figen Murray, OBE, whose son Martyn Hett was one of 22 people killed in the Manchester Arena terror attack in May 2017, is also encouraging organisations to train their staff, because she believes it could help with early detection.
Figen, who campaigns for tangible changes to help ensure no other family has to go through what hers did, said: “SCaN training is so important for every single person in a company or organisation, irrespective of the role they play, because it is important to train ourselves to be aware of suspicious behaviour, suspicious individuals, and suspicious packages we may see in the course of our everyday lives.
“It may just be you who spots that one person who can be a danger to all of us. It only takes one person to devastate people’s lives. Our lives were devastated through one person’s actions.”
Find out more
- Visit https://www.cpni.gov.uk/scan-all-staff to find out more about how you can use the SCaN for All Staff awareness package in your organisation.
- For more from Figen Murray, read Figen Murray responds to the Protect Duty Consultation
- For more articles on Counter Terrorism and the Protect Duty, see our Counter Terrorism Category
- For more articles from the City of London Police, see our Police & Partnerships Category