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ACT app reaches ten thousand users

More than 10,000 security specialists and workers in crowded places have subscribed to the Action Counters Terrorism application for business – the ACT App.

ACT app reaches 10k users

That means more than 10,000 people across the UK are now receiving live-time information direct from Counter Terrorism Policing and straight to their phone. Will you join them?

Sign up and you will be able to access our latest protective security advice 24/7, wherever you are.

As Saturday’s horrific incident in Reading began to unfold, ACT App users received an instant message direct from CT Policing and they were sent regular updates as the situation developed through the rest of the weekend.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve McGrath, who is head of information, capability, and business engagement at the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) said:

I am sure everyone will have been shocked and saddened when they learned the dreadful details of the incident in Forbury Gardens last weekend.

But as everyone who has responsibility for security will know, in the aftermath of a major incident there is a need for clear, accurate and trustworthy information about what has happened and the wider implications for the UK – and our ACT App subscribers are some of the first people to receive that.

Our users received instant message updates direct from Counter Terrorism Policing’s experts throughout the weekend, as well as receiving a message from the Head of Counter Terrorism Policing, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu.

We saw a huge spike in ACT App users across the weekend, with thousands of people located in 16 different countries using it to access the latest messaging, advice and protective security documents created by CTP.

Launched in March this year and powered by Urim, the ACT app is free for businesses and has been developed in partnership with industry specialists from Marks and Spencer and Highfield eLearning. It is designed for use across business and industry, including the security, sporting and retail sectors.

Available from Google Play or App Store (see sign up details below), the app provides access to:

  • Practical advice and guidance to help you protect your business, plus information on how to respond in the event of an attack.
  • Information on CT Policing’s suite of ACT training products, plus access to the online e-Learning package.
  • Suite of NaCTSO guidance videos.
  • Latest reference documents and publications.
  • ACT online reporting form and confidential hotline.
  • Emergency response and post-incident guidance.
  • Live-time news updates from UK Protect.

DCI McGrath added:

With lockdown restriction easing, businesses everywhere will be getting ready to get back to work or increase their activity. We are urging them to all to put security high on their agenda as the threat has sadly not gone away.

We want everyone to feel that they have a role to play in national security and making the UK a hostile place for terrorists to operate.

For me the ACT app is a further example of how collaboration and integration between police and the private sector can enhance national security and collectively work to make all communities safer.

How to sign up

Download the Urim app in Google Play or App Store. Then email ct@highfieldelearning.com to request a user name and password.

Please note access is for business/professional use only.

Published 26 June 2020