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Leeds retailers learn how to counter terrorism together

30 June 2017

In a joint event with the North East counter terrorism unit, BACIL, West Yorkshire police and Leeds city council, retailers attended a terrorism awareness event aimed to better equip businesses in the event of a terrorist incident in the city.


The well attended event was held on the 19th June at the Leeds 02 Academy in response to the recent terrorist events in Manchester and London.


BACIL crime partnership members received vital information about Project Griffin,  the awareness programme that provides a broad understanding of the threat to the business sector, including the retail economy. The initiative included how to best manage and survive a weapons attack and what retailers should include within their own evacuation and incident management strategies.


BACIL crime manager Sean Walker said “All retailers play a very important role in keeping the city safe and working with our partners here today, only further reinforces how important partnership work is. Working together as a business community is essential in helping manage the potential threat of a terrorist attack and the consequent disruption and business recovery process.”


SentrySIS was also in attendance to give members an overview on how best to use the SentrySIS crime reporting and monitoring platform via the BACIL website.


Chris Nriapia from SentrySIS said, “As we can see from recent events in other parts of the UK, terrorism is a real threat. Using the SentrySIS platform is another tool retailers can use to help keep people safe. The notifications in SentrySIS sends out alerts in real time so retailers can be kept up to date instantly about any issues that might occur within city.”


The event concluded with Project Argus, an interactive exercise simulating a terrorist attack where participants answer questions about what to do next and why.


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