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New ACT app launched

Live-time information from CT Policing, plus all the very latest protective security advice, is now available at your fingertips 24/7 – wherever you are.

New ACT app launched

If you have a phone then you have us, keeping you updated where and when it matters most – all through the new easy-to-navigate Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) app.

More than a thousand specialists from across the UK have been helping officers trial this new product, including leading organisations from the security, sporting and retail sectors.

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.

Available from Google Play or App Store (see sign up details below), the app will provide 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

You can view a brief overview of the app here.

More features will be developed based on user feedback.

Senior National Coordinator for Protective Security, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi, says:

We have made crucial information available for our business partners even easier and quicker to access and the added bonus is that it is free.

The feedback we have received during the trial phase has been overwhelmingly positive and I encourage everyone working in crowded places – particularly those with a security role - to sign up to use this new tool. We would like 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.

For some time we have talked about ‘Dare2Share’ and by continuing to embrace and push this thinking we are developing innovative and powerful solutions to security. Importantly the ACT app enhances communication between industry and CT Policing.

Our global world is fast paced and there remains an insatiable appetite for immediate information. The feedback from Industry has helped us to design this this ACT app to service that demand – free, readily available and fast to access.

Ian Todd, Chief Executive of the Security Industry Authority (SIA), whose staff members have been part of the testing group, adds:

Everything you might need is there on your phone, ready to access at a time that suits you – day or night.

The verdict from the SIA is that the ACT app could be a vital tool in helping prevent or mitigate against a terrorist incident.

We will be encouraging all security businesses to sign up.

How to sign up

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

Please note access is for business/professional use only.

Published 5 March 2020