Working with counter terrorism security advisers

Updated 30 July 2020

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The primary role of Counter Terrorism Security Advisers (CTSAs) is to provide help, advice and guidance on all aspects of counter terrorism protective security to specified industry sectors. In addition, CTSAs are responsible for the provision of protective security advice to crowded places (areas where there may be large crowds who could be vulnerable to terrorist attack) e.g. shopping centres, sporting stadiums, pubs and bars or transport hubs etc.

CTSAs also work with local authorities and businesses to identify and assess sites that may be vulnerable to terrorist attack. They advise them, and organisations and professional bodies, about counter terrorism protective security guidance that should be incorporated into their general crime prevention plans, advice and guidance.

Working with businesses

CTSAs can deliver a choice of counter terrorism awareness packages tailored to different levels of expertise and responsibility within your organisation.

ACT Awareness

This package is a presentation aimed at all job types, to raise staff awareness of current counter terrorism considerations.

Modules include: Identifying and reporting suspicious activity; Dealing with suspicious items; Dealing with a bomb threat and Guidance on responding to a firearms or weapons attack.

ACT Operational

This package is a facilitated, interactive workshop aimed at operational supervisors and their staff.

The main objective is to raise awareness of the ongoing threat from terrorism and improve the security culture within an organisation. Participation will increase your staff’s confidence in how best to respond to a situation or incident.

ACT Strategic

This package is a facilitated, interactive workshop aimed at the policy writers and strategic decision makers within an organisation.

The main objective is to help delegates prepare strategies to manage and then recover from a terrorist attack. The workshop develops understanding of issues and highlights best practice from all sectors.

ACT Revise

This package is a presentation aimed at those who legitimately and routinely use hazardous materials, in particular the academic community. Revise is a multi-media package which highlights the potential misuse of hazardous materials and develops understanding of how to protect against it.


Organisations that specifically wish to focus on hostile reconnaissance should opt for See Check and Notify (SCaN) workshops.

SCaN recognises that people are a company’s best advantage in helping prevent and tackle a range of threats including terrorism, criminal activity and unlawful protest. SCaN is designed to help businesses maximise safety and security, using their existing resources, so delegates learn how to spot suspicious activity, how to deter it and what to do when they encounter it.

CTSAs can:

  • Explain the threats from terrorism
  • Advise on appropriate protective security measures and plans

CTSAs are trained in specialist areas and can provide advice and guidance on:

  • explosives and precursor chemicals
  • pathogens and toxins
  • radiological sources
  • site and vulnerable point surveying
  • integrated security systems
  • designing out vehicle borne terrorism
  • threat from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attack

If you need further information about any of the above packages or would like to arrange an event please contact your local police CTSA using the list below.

CTSA contact list

Police area Contact email
Avon and Somerset
Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire
City of London
Devon and Cornwall
Dyfed Powys
Greater Manchester
Heddlu Gwent
Metropolitan Police
North Wales
North Yorkshire
Northern Ireland
Scotland - North
Scotland - East
Scotland - West
South Wales
South Yorkshire
Thames Valley
West Mercia
West Midlands
West Yorkshire

You can also contact British Transport Police.