The week-long course saw attendees from local authorities, stadiums, security companies and more, with Mark and Martin being the only Irish professionals on it.
The course was developed to mirror the course the UK Police CT SECCOs receive. These are the dedicated Counter-Terrorism Security Coordinators. Officers working as SECCOs are charged with assessing the risks to events arising out of terrorism activity and to advise accordingly.
This public course was developed and delivered by the retired police trainers who are still retained as civilian associates to train the police SECCOs.
There is an exam on site at the end of the week-long course and we also have to submit an Event Counter-Terrorism Risk Management Plan in order to pass the course and be placed on the EvCTRM register.
Specialist instructors in a wide variety of subject areas were on hand across the week to extensively cover topics including:
Mark and Martin thoroughly enjoyed the course. The learning derived from both the instructors as well as the others on the course was significant.
While the threat picture in Ireland is quite different to that of the UK, CT considerations are key for events in Ireland and Mark and Martin will now be incorporating more enhanced CT considerations into client events moving forward.
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