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Bury College was proud to host the Hostile Intruder Event, a workshop which shared best practice and prepared individuals for possible intruder situations.
The event welcomed colleges from across the North West and further afield as representatives from Greater Manchester Police and the North West Regional Prevent Team delivered key information and highlighted important processes and procedures.
Charlie Deane, Bury College Principal, kick started the day with an introduction to the event. This was followed by Chief Inspector Umer Khan of Greater Manchester Police who delivered a presentation regarding the importance of the general public working together and the #WeStandTogether concept.
Chief Inspector Khan discussed the strategy of how we as a community should be building a coherent society and how each individual should be responsible for addressing challenges which we face. Khan commented, “Moving forward, we should each be taking responsibility. The #WeStandTogether concept which has been developed has now become a national response and is a great example of how we can come together and shows a sense of solidarity.”
Richard Preston, Counter Terrorism Security Advisor from the Greater Manchester Police Counter Terrorism Unit delivered an information workshop which aimed to tackle a range of aims and objectives. These included increasing awareness of threat levels, outlining types of terrorists attacks, how to deal with serious incidents, identifying suspicious devices and suspicious activities and protection against terrorism attacks.
Richard added, “Today’s event outlined ways to protect and prepare ourselves and others and how to identify risks. It also discussed how to engineer plans to best fit each individual business and build a resilience.”
The event was brought together and delivered as a joint partnership between Greater Manchester Police and the North West Regional Prevent Team. Delegates were provided with up-to-date information regarding the Prevent Duty and discussed strategies to share best practice and embed the Prevent Duty into college. Nigel Lund, the DFE’s North West Regional Prevent Co-ordinator for Further and Higher Education, was on hand to discuss and share important Prevent information.
Brian Wood, Director of Health, Safety and Security at Bury College said, “I would like to offer my thanks to Richard Preston and Chief Inspector Khan for joining us today and providing us with much valued information. I would also like to thank all the delegates who travelled from afar to attend today and share best practice.”