Free tool aims to help guard against terrorism threats

A new free app to help frontline managers, security officers and other staff prepare for upcoming new counter-terrorism training rules has been launched.

Created by counter terrorism specialist Chris Phillips, managing director of IPPSO, and developed in partnership with YUDUSentinel, the Protect Duty Training Cards app offers advice for staff on what to do in the first few minutes of a crisis, including reporting suspicious behaviour, dealing with suspect packages, or responding to a terrorist attack. It consists of more than 150 quiz questions with information and advice.

Phillips said: “There is a long overdue new piece of legislation likely to come into force in the UK the next few months which will require building facilities owners and managers for publicly accessible locations to have counter terrorism training in place for staff, as well as CT plans and mitigation measures.

“I wanted to develop something useful and practical to help the frontline staff to get the ball rolling as early as possible. It is a really useful guide for businesses to give to staff on what to do in a crisis. It also tests knowledge and keeps staff current with questions and answers on each subject.”

The Protect Duty Training Cards app is available to download for free on the app store.

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