News from Across Government
Integrated Review (IR) Announcement and Publication – 16 March 2021
On 16 March, following over a year of work across and beyond government, the Prime Minister announced the culmination of the Integrated Review to the House of Commons.
The Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy is an important milestone for the UK’s security ecosystem. Among the headlines of the IR, an emphasis on openness as a source of prosperity; a more robust position on security and resilience; strengthening security and defence at home and overseas; and building resilience at home and overseas are key messages for the industrial Security and Resilience community. Combining this with the objective of sustaining strategic advantage through science and technology, there is a clear direction to the UK’s entire security ecosystem.
You can view the full collection of IR information here and view the policy paper directly, here.
The Department for International Trade (DIT) launches Major Event Security Brochure
Following the announcement from the Minister for Exports, Graham Stuart MP, at Security & Policing 2021 DIT have launched their Major Event Security Brochure.
This brochure highlights the UK security sector’s strengths to overseas buyers who want to ensure that their major events are safe and secure. It provides a snapshot of how UK companies can provide products and services to ensure safety at events such as sporting fixtures, concerts and major conferences. Full details a and a downloadable brochure and a downloadable brochure are available here.
Counter Terrorism Policing HQ: Is your business taking a stand on security and counter terrorism?
Having begun the countdown to the lifting of lockdown, it is worth thinking about crowds in public spaces. Combined this with a consultation on a new legal duty on security measures this summer, there has never been a better time to ask yourself whether your business is protected and prepared. Read the full guidance from CTPHQ here and learn more about their Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) Application and their free e-learning programme.
Technology Research Innovation Grant (TRIG) Showcase Webinar
Join the Department for Transport (DfT) and Connected Places Catapult on Tuesday 23 Mach 2021 to hear from innovative organisations that have conducted novel research into some of the future challenges that could arise within national security.
You will learn about early-stage research that explores the following sectors: aviation security; border detection and security; detection of contraband entering prisons; protection of infrastructure and crowded places; and counter-drones.
To learn more about this research conducted through the DfT’s first Security Technology Research and Innovation Grant (S-TRIG) programme, please sign up using this link.
Take note for April: Upcoming Changes to SIA licence-linked training
The Security Industry Authority (SIA) has announced some important changes to how businesses deliver training, taking effect in April 2021. If you provide SIA license-linked training – this is a must read.