With recent shocking events unfolding in Paris there has never been a more relevant time to assess the processes we have in place to protect our citizens and cities against terrorism.
The threat to the UK and our interests from international terrorism is severe. This means that a terrorist attack is highly likely.
The terrorist threats we face now are more diverse than before, dispersed across a wider geographical area, and often in countries without effective governance. We therefore face an unpredictable situation, with potentially more frequent, less sophisticated terrorist attacks.
The UK has several institutions and intelligence agencies which prevent attacks on UK cities and communities each year.
Project Griffin is a police initiative set up to protect our cities and communities from the threat of terrorism. It allows police, emergency services, local authorities and the private security industry to combine their resources and coordinate against terrorism.
Project Griffin was developed by the City of London Police and formally introduced in 2004. It has subsequently been adopted by a number of constabularies, businesses and local authorities up and down the country.
Since its original rollout in London over ten years ago, its outstanding success has encouraged police forces, businesses and security services throughout the world including Canada, Singapore, South Africa, the United States, New Zealand and Australia to adopt the program.
Specific Cordant Security officers are Project Griffin trained to ensure that clients with a higher than usual terrorist threat (such as London based high rises and businesses) have optimal protection. Cordant Security has several procedures in place dependent on the UK threat level, recent criminal activity and world affairs ensuring a proactive approach is always taken.
There is currently no specific intelligence of a planned attack, but the increased threat level highlights the fact that citizens need to be aware and take necessary measures ensure the safety of our cities and communities.