Borders College

Crowded Places sites within Scotland

Police Scotland

Police Scotland provides guidance and advice following the attacks in Paris, 13 November 2015. Police Scotland, through our Counter Terrorism Security Advisors and in liaison with the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO), has been busy working within the Crowded Places sector in order to keep people safe.

Be Reassured
The threat from International Terrorism to the United Kingdom remains at SEVERE – an attack is highly likely; this has been since August 2014.

At this time there is no specific threat to Scotland.

Be Alert, Not Alarmed
Police have exercised plans to respond to multi seated firearms attacks and may increase their presence in some areas. Don’t become fearful or withdraw from the streets. Businesses and priority Crowded Places have been working with police (NaCTSO and the CTSA network) to protect sites and staff from a variety of terrorist attacks. This includes music, sport and entertainment venues, restaurants, hotels and shops.

Statements from Police Scotland are posted on the Police Scotland website, and Facebook and Twitter.

Police Scotland will continue to work with all of our partners in order to Keep People Safe.

Be Vigilant and Report Suspicious Behaviour
Police act on information from the public who report suspicious behaviour. I would encourage everyone to remain alert and vigilant, and “If you suspect it, report it” by contacting Police Scotland directly by calling 101; in an emergency dial 999 or through the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.

Vigilant behaviour by staff and the public can disrupt attack planning. Businesses can run Vigilance Campaigns and their staff can attend Project Griffin events.

Plan Now What You Will Do to STAY SAFE
‘Stay Safe’ principles (Run Hide Tell) give some simple actions to consider at an incident and the information that armed officers may need in the event of a weapons or firearms attack. Full guidance is contained on the NaCTSO website.

Conduct a health check on your premises. Crowded Place booklets contain clear self-help guidance and check-lists.

  • Review your building response plan to consider your response now and if the UK threat rises.
  • Test and exercise with partners (around the table) to check your preparation for terrorism and wider business continuity (e.g. flooding/flu).