An award-winning counter-terrorism training course is being made available to the public for the first time, and Avon and Somerset Police want you to sign up and 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 like shopping centres and entertainment venues.
Now, Counter Terrorism Policing has decided to open 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.
The programme was originally devised in partnership with retail giant Marks and Spencer – and participants needed to be signed up by their employers.
The online learning is now available free of charge to anyone who wants to take part.
Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Cullen said: “ACT Awareness eLearning is especially useful for anyone working in or regularly visiting crowded places.
“Developed alongside industry experts more than one and a half million modules have already 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.
“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 across the Avon and Somerset area safe.
“The festive period is obviously a very busy one – so this is a good time to join up and become a CT Citizen.”
ACT Awareness is made up of seven modules that take a few minutes each to complete.
You can pause and re-join at any time. In total it takes just 45 minutes – so less than an hour of your time could help to prevent an attack or help save lives if one was to happen.
The course is hosted by online training specialists Highfield. To register and start learning, click here.