- National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week – 24 November 2014 to 30 November 2014.
During the week, police and partner agencies will work together to deliver activity and events across the country, to increase vigilance amongst the general public, businesses and the transport community.
Activity will focus on five key areas, where simple measures and an increased understanding could help to prevent an act of terrorism. Each day will feature a different theme: crowded places, transport hubs, preventing violent extremism, terrorist financing and the tools terrorists need to operate.
In North Yorkshire, each theme will be supported by different engagement activity, ranging from security briefings for sports venues, retailers, leisure parks and transport operators, to the delivery of public advice in community venues, universities and shopping centres.
Targeted police operations will also take place at key sites across the force area in an effort to disrupt terrorist activity, or criminal efforts which may help to fund or support terrorist objectives.
Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy said: In August the threat to the UK from International Terrorism was increased to severe. While there is currently no specific intelligence of an attack on the UK, it is vital we ensure we are in the best possible position to prevent and detect any potential terrorist threats.
Members of the public and the business community have a particularly important role to play went it comes to recognising suspicious activity and reporting it to police.
Those who work in, or visit, crowded places are often best placed to recognise the early signs that something is wrong. We want them to know what to do if they suspect something is out of the ordinary and how they can help to protect themselves and others.
By working together we can make it harder for terrorists to operate in the UK. Through increased awareness and vigilance we can reduce their opportunities and disrupt their activities to better protect our communities, our businesses and industry.