Advice for churches on security
28th July 2016
You may have read in the press that advice on church security is being issued following the recent tragic events in France. As we continue to pray for the peace of the world the following advice has been circulated from Neil Basu QPM, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Specialist Operations of the Metropolitan Police:
Church leaders and their congregations should remain alert but not alarmed. There is no current intelligence to suggest any attack of this nature is planned in the UK. However, it makes sense to encourage church leaders and members to be vigilant. Any suspicious behaviour should be reported immediately through 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline 0800 789 321.
Advice and guidance on personal security and security for places of worship, as with many other locations, can be found here (http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/counter-terrorism-protective-security-advice-for-places-of-worship) on the National Counter Terrorism website.
From today the Home Office are running a scheme for 8 weeks offering funding for protective security measures, subject to application. Information on how to apply can be found here (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/places-of-worship-security-funding-scheme).
Can I also encourage you all to forge close links with your local police forces who will be able to advise you on sensible safety precautions. I know many of you will already have a strong relationship in place.
Additional advice can be found on the NaCTSO website (http://www.nactso.gov.uk/), the film Run Hide Tell (http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/stay-safe-film).