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Crisis Leadership: Sir Craig Mackey

An inquest into the death of the Westminster attacker, Khalid Masood, heard that Sir Craig Mackey, Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, was being driven out of the Houses of Parliament on 22 March 2017 and witnessed Masood stabbing PC Keith Palmer to death. Masood had run down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and crashed his […]

Manchester: The softest of soft targets

Unless you have teenage children you probably won’t know about YouTubers. They are mostly kids, not much older than their fans, who post jokey videos online. By and large it’s innocent fun and they attract millions of followers. In our house, and our daughter goes on at some length about this, the most popular are […]

Run Hide Tell vs Run Hide Fight

Public information films from the 50s and 60 look like they come from another planet not just another time. Gone are the days of the Tufty Club and the Green Cross Code. Now we have public information on what to do when a gunman enters your workplace and opens fire. Run hide tell or run […]

UK government demands online extremism crackdown

Amber Rudd, the UK Home Secretary, has held talks with representatives of four of the major tech companies; Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter in an effort to curb online extremism. This follows the terror attack in Westminster where Khalid Masood killed four members of the public and was himself shot dead by police. Online extremism […]

Terror attack first aid app

We don’t generally review or comment on crisis related products but following yesterday’s dreadful events at Parliament we thought it appropriate to bring CitizenAID to people’s attention. CitizenAID app (iPhone/iPad) that has been developed by both military and civilian medics that attempts to show how people, caught up in a terror attack, can protect themselves […]

Terror drill on the Thames

Last year a report commissioned by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said strengthening security on the Thames was a priority. The river runs right through central London, past the Houses of Parliament, so represents a perfect location for a potential terror attack. On Sunday 19th March Police held their first major anti terror simulation […]

2017: scanning the risk horizon

As we start a new year it would be wise for those of us in business continuity and crisis management to look ahead and, if not predict then at least prepare, for what might jump out of the shadows at us in 2017. The most recent government risk register was compiled way back in 2015 […]

Combatting the terror threat

On Tuesday this week gunshots rang out as terrorists stormed a building in central London. In dramatic scenes, around 25 masked and armed police officers then entered the block to confront the gunmen. Fortunately, Metropolitan Police officers played the ‘terrorists’ and this was an exercise. As part of the simulation, officers faced casualties, a simulated […]

Met Police terror training exercise

Met Police terror training exercise Metropolitan Police conducted a terror training exercise Yesterday (2.12.15) the Metropolitan Police conducted a terror training exercise. It simulated a group of armed terrorists storming a shopping centre. The Met now has more than two thousand authorised firearms officers, this number is set to double. Following the attacks in Mumbai […]

London counter terror simulation

London counter terror simulation Exercise Strong Tower gets underway today in London. It’s billed as being the capital’s largest ever counter-terrorism exercise and will involve 1,000 police officers at locations across London until Wednesday. Although six months in the planning, it comes just days after the terrible events in Tunisia – though police are keen […]