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ACT Awareness eLearning is now available to the public.
15 January 2020 | Updated 16 January 2020

An award-winning counter terrorism training course is now available to the public for the first time and police want you to sign up and sign up your colleagues to help protect the UK.

Devised by counter terrorism officers and security experts, the ACT Awareness eLearning package was previously only available to staff working in crowded places such as shopping centres and entertainment venues.

Now Counter Terrorism Policing has opened up the training to anyone who wants to become a 'CT Citizen' so they can learn how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour and understand what to do in the event of a major incident.


Open to all

The programme was originally devised in partnership with retail giant Marks and Spencer - and participants needed to be signed up by their employers. Today the online learning is available free of charge to anyone who wants to take part.

The decision to offer the training to the public was not made in response to any specific event - however recent attacks are a stark reminder of the ongoing threat and the need for vigilance.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi, Senior National Coordinator for Protective Security said: "ACT Awareness eLearning is especially useful for anyone working in or regularly visiting crowded places. We developed each stage alongside industry experts and to date over one and a half million modules have been completed.

The course has been so popular, with nine out of 10 users saying they would recommend it, we want to open it up to as many people as possible."


Attack likely

Deputy Assistant Commissioner D’Orsi continued: The threat level remains at Substantial - meaning an attack is likely - so giving everyone the chance to be extra eyes and ears for police and local security teams help to keep all communities safe."


What's involved

ACT Awareness is made up of seven modules that take a few minutes each to complete. Students can pause and re-join at any time. In total it takes just 45 minutes.


Please share this story or this link with colleagues or anybody working within the environments you mange. The course is hosted by online training specialists Highfield. To register and start learning go to

Picture: ACT Awareness eLearning is now available to the public.


Three men charged with terrorism offences

Sunday January 12 saw three men charged with terrorism offences following an investigation by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command with support from the Counter Terrorism Policing North West unit and the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit.

Mohammed Saeed, 21, of Manchester, was charged with five offences contrary to section 57(1) of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2000: possessing an article in circumstances which give rise to a reasonable suspicion that the possession is for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.

Mohamed Ismail, 23, of north London, was charged with two offences contrary to section 2 of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006: on suspicion of disseminating a terrorist publication.

Muhammed Tahir, 19, of Peterborough, was charged with one offence contrary to section 2 of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006: on suspicion of disseminating a terrorist publication.

On 30 December 2019, the three men were arrested as part of a planned operation. They were subsequently charged with the above offences. A 22 year-old man arrested in north London as part of the same operation was released with no further action.

The three men charged were due to appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday, January 13.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 15 January 2020


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