The Police force has announced that they are to launch free online training for members of the public on how to react to a terrorist incident.
The course was previously only open to company staff working in crowded places such as shopping centres, but now UK counter-terrorism officers and experts are inviting members of the public to take part and become ‘Counter-Terrorism Citizens’.
ACT Awareness consists of seven modules and takes around 45 minutes to complete and so far more than 1.5 million modules have been completed.
The seven modules aim to teach people the essentials information on how to identify security risks and what to do when you encounter one.
Actors play out scenarios in most sections, before you’re asked to flag risks and quizzed on how you should act. The scenarios, which include a bomb threat phone call, are all designed to teach you how to handle this.
Other videos are more direct and look at topics such as how wide to set up a cordon for a suspicious package.
The course also features media footage from the aftermath of attacks including on London Bridge and the Manchester Arena to serve as a reminder that terrorism is real.
To register users must provide details including an email and home address and it can take up to seven days to register someone onto the course.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi, Senior National Co-ordinator for Protective Security at the NPCC, said the course was especially useful for anyone working in or regularly visiting crowded places.
She said: “The threat level remains at substantial, meaning an attack is likely, so giving everyone the chance to be extra eyes and ears for the police and local security teams helps to keep all communities safe,”
“The festive period is a very busy one, so this is a good time to join up and become a CT Citizen.”