Counter Terrorism Awareness Week session hosted at RGU

Everybody has a part to play in tackling terrorism, including businesses and the farming community is today’s Counter Terrorism Awareness Week message. 

Robbie Ross from Police Scotland's Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism Unit and Professor Cherry Wainwright, Director of RGU's Institute for Health & Wellbeing Research. A national initiative, Counter Terrorism Awareness Week, is intended to encourage everyone to be vigilant and to advise of simple measures that can be put in place to make it harder for terrorists to attack any area of the UK. 

The week has been split into 5 themed days and today’s specific theme is Explosives and Firearms. The purpose of this day is to highlight the following messages:

  • That terrorists need tools such as guns and explosives to operate
  • That these tools are available within our communities
  • That there is a need to report any suspicious incidents; however minor or trivial they seem at first glance, which could well be terrorist activity taking place
  • Engaging with vulnerable or key audiences such as gun clubs and/or industries exposed to precursor chemicals to outline existing or new legislations/regulations.

There is a range of activities taking place the length and breath of Scotland this week and today (Friday, November 28) Police Scotland officers were at Robert Gordon University to present a multi-media package, “PROJECT REVISE” to raise awareness of security issues, and discuss current plans and procedures to safeguard access to laboratories and materials. 

Project Revise, is supported by the Medical Research Council and is facilitated by locally based Police Counter Terrorism Security Advisers, (CTSA’s).

Speaking ahead of the event, Detective Superintendent Gregor Campbell said: "I would encourage the Scottish business community to support each of the available products, particularly during Counter Terrorism Awareness Week; they provide an ideal way for you to play your part in countering the terrorist threat.”

Professor Cherry Wainwright, Director of the Institute for Health & Wellbeing Research (IHWR) at Robert Gordon University, said: “We are delighted to support the Project Revise initiative by hosting this event to raise awareness amongst our staff and students of the importance of safeguarding laboratory materials that could be used in terrorist activities.”

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Ross AndersonCommunications Officer | Health and Sport