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Protect & Prepare

Counter Terrorism Security Advisors

GMP has dedicated Counter Terrorism Security Advisers (CTSAs) who are coordinated, trained and tasked by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, a specialist police organisation located within the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure.

The primary role of these advisors is to provide protective and counter terrorism security advice to support businesses and the public sector. The advice available takes into account both conventional and non-conventional terrorist techniques and the aim is to reduce vulnerability to terrorist threats. The CTSAs work closely with other police forces throughout the country, government departments and other agencies.

The CTSAs offer advice and help on all aspects of counter terrorism security to:

Business Areas

  • Industry
  • Retail Organisations
  • Leisure
  • Financial Institutions
  • Utilities
  • Medical Research & Educational Institutes
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • NHS Trusts
  • Farming Industry
  • Transport
  • Major Tourist Locations
  • Trade organisations

Subjects Covering:

  • Risk Assessment
  • Bomb Threat Response
  • Physical Security Measures
  • Mail Handling Procedures
  • Business Continuity & Contingency Planning
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  • Secure Storage of Pathogens, Toxins & Radiological Materials

The public can play a key role in supporting the police by remaining vigilant, being security minded and having good security measures in place. You can protect your business against crime and make the work of terrorists more difficult. A small investment in security measures greatly enhances the feeling of security on behalf of everyone and helps protect those around you.

CTSAs deliver various briefing packages to inform a wide range of audiences, some of which have been developed on a national basis (such as ARGUS and GRIFFIN) while other presentations are specifically designed to meet the needs of the customer.

Project ARGUS

Project Argus explores the ways in which businesses can prevent, handle and recover from a terrorist attack. It achieves this by taking businesses through a simulated terrorist attack and challenging them to explore the options available and identify their main priorities should such an attack occur. Project Argus highlights the importance of being prepared and having the necessary plans in place to help safeguard staff, customers and company assets.


Project Griffin aims to raise awareness among security personnel about terrorism and the measures that can be taken to counter the threat so that they are better equipped to deal with their organisation’s security challenges on a day-to-day basis and in the event of a major incident.

Project Griffin consists of two main strands:

  • Counter Terrorism Awareness Day - Attendees receive inputs on the current terrorist threat, explosives, terrorist planning and cordon management
  • Monthly Conference Call – Police provide information on current threat levels and crime trends and inform security personnel what action (if any) is required

Details of upcoming Griffin events at Greater Manchester Police Force Headquarters can be found here

Events can be held at individual organisations premises if required (subject to numbers).

For non-urgent crime prevention advice, businesses can contact their local Police Crime Reduction Officer through your local Neighbourhood Policing Team, but if you feel that your company could benefit from Counter Terrorism security advice, you can email us at CTSA@gmp.police.uk

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