ACT app reaches ten thousand user milestone

The National Counter Terrorism Security Office has announced that more than 10,000 security specialists and workers in crowded places have subscribed to the ACT App.

The Action Counters Terrorism application for business app enables people to receive live-time information direct from Counter Terrorism Policing and straight to their phone.

Launched in March, the ACT app is free for businesses and has been developed in partnership with industry specialists from Marks and Spencer and Highfield eLearning. It is designed for use across business and industry, including the security, sporting and retail sectors.

Within the last week, the importance of the technology has been highlighted. Following the stabbing incident in Reading, ACT App users received an instant message direct from Counter Terrorism Policing and were sent regular updates as the situation developed through the rest of the weekend.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve McGrath, who is head of information, capability, and business engagement at the NaCTSO, said: “I am sure everyone will have been shocked and saddened when they learned the dreadful details of the incident in Forbury Gardens last weekend. But as everyone who has responsibility for security will know, in the aftermath of a major incident there is a need for clear, accurate and trustworthy information about what has happened and the wider implications for the UK – and our ACT App subscribers are some of the first people to receive that.

“Our users received instant message updates direct from Counter Terrorism Policing’s experts throughout the weekend, as well as receiving a message from the Head of Counter Terrorism Policing, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu. We saw a huge spike in ACT App users across the weekend, with thousands of people located in 16 different countries using it to access the latest messaging, advice and protective security documents created by CTP.”


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