Housing staff get terrorism training
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Housing, Legal
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Chorley Community Housing’s (CCH) staff have been briefed on the role they can play in tackling terrorism by Greater Manchester Police.
More than 70 staff packed the Chorley Little Theatre to receive the presentation given by DC Asif Khan from the Counter Terrorism branch of Greater Manchester Police.
The event was designed to raise staff awareness of the issues that they need to be aware of when visiting tenants at home.
CCH director of operations Richard Houghton said: “The briefing was a real eye opener as to what our staff need to be alert to. Many terrorist threats in the past have been brought to the attention of the authorities by people whose day job is not working as part of the security services, and the message that came across is that we all need to be vigilant and to report any concerns we might have.”
CCH operates a ‘concern card’ scheme which enables employees to raise any public protection or child safeguarding issues with management so that they can be investigated as appropriate.
Mr Houghton added: “The concern card scheme has proved to be effective in the past in enabling front line staff to highlight anything they’ve seen that is untoward. From the questions and comments of staff who attended the briefing it is clear that DC Khan’s presentation made a real impression on people and that his message hit home.”