Martyn’s Law campaigner Figen Murray (pictured) is calling on UK event professionals to undertake the government’s ACT Awareness eLearning course.
Speaking to a full keynote theatre at International Confex, 26 February, Murray urged anyone working in the events industry, including those working in venues, as organisers, and at agencies and suppliers, to visit the government’s website and take the short online training course.
The course is free and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.
Murray said: “I never thought about security until Martyn died. Now it is at the forefront of my mind. I will never stop working on this as I don’t want other people enjoying life, out and about, and never coming home.
“Losing someone through a terrorist attack catapulted us into a ‘new normal’ that has no bearing on our previous life. Please everyone, make yourself a coffee and do the 45-minute ACT awareness training. It will raise your awareness around security and make you so much more alert to things.”
Devised by counter terrorism officers and security experts, the ACT Awareness eLearning package was previously only available to staff working in crowded places like shopping centres and entertainment venues.
However, the training programme is now open to anyone, allowing them to learn how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour and understand what to do in the event of a major incident.
ACT Awareness eLearning provides nationally recognised corporate counter terrorism guidance to help people better understand, and mitigate against, current terrorist methodology.
This week, new security minister James Brokenshire announced plans to introduce Martyn’s Law which will require owners and operators of public spaces and venues to put in place measures to keep the public safe from a terrorist attack. It will be going to consultation, the first stage towards legislation.