Dardan Security sponsors CSSC central London breakfast briefing
On Friday 22 June 2018, CSSC held its largest briefing meeting to date in central London, providing delegates with a detailed update about CSSC's progress over the past year. It included additional presentations by public sector and policing partners, and was attended by industry sector leads (ISLs) from across the UK.
The meeting was opened by Sir David Veness, co-chair of the CSSC Consultative Board, who set out a vision focused on a three-year horizon that would most likely see the threat from terrorism in the UK diversify and evolve.
Commander Simon Bray of the Metropolitan Police Service reiterated the depth and breadth of current threats, and gave an overview of some of the latest tools, strategies and initiatives being deployed by police to combat these threats.
Subsequent presentations included the following:
- An overview of the communications tools developed by the National Counter Terrorism Policing HQ to engage with specific demographic groups such as young people, holidaymakers, etc;
- An update on how gun and knife crime is being tackled, particularly in London;
- A perspective from the Home Office;
- An explanation about Operation Servator and how it is deployed.
In addition, after an introduction by Don Randall, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for CSSC, four of the regional Chairs provided an update about the notable momentum and progress in the Eastern & South Eastern, South West & Wales, East Midlands and Scottish regions.
About the CSSC
The Cross-sector Safety and Security Communications (CSSC) initiative, was founded in June 2011 by a team of senior security experts, with the aim of building a messaging platform, to facilitate communications between the private and public sectors, on issues surrounding security and business resilience.
The initial focus of CSSC was to help businesses prepare for business as usual in the lead up to, and during the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The initiative was formed on a partnership basis between law enforcement, government departments and nearly every industry sector that operates in the capital and beyond. Industry Sector Leads (ISLs) were identified for each industry, with a remit to participate in briefing calls and events, and disseminate appropriate messaging conveying “one single truth” to their networks.
Since launching, the CSSC has helped companies prepare for scenarios ranging from counter terrorism, cybercrime, public order events, environmental and transportation issues, to hostile reconnaissance, fraud and security alerts.
The success of the initiative has led to expansion to other regions of the UK. Mark Duffy, Chairman of Dardan Security chairs the CSSC Eastern region and David Ward, Managing Director of Ward Security chairs the CSSC Southern region.