A Strategic Co-ordination Summit was held by the London Resilience Partnership (part of the Great London Authority) on 14 November 2019 to discuss counter-terrorism (CT) consequence management. The event was prescient in the light of the attacks on London’s streets on 29 November 2019 and 2 February 2020. (A separate report on, and advice following, the Streatham attack from CT Policing can be found here.)
The report on the Strategic Co-ordination Summit has just been released and can be found here. The main recommendations are reproduced below:
Immediate Consequence Management
Recommendation 1: Consider commissioning a strategic training needs analysis to inform the development and delivery of a training and exercising programme for strategic leaders with consideration of wider international sharing and participation.
Recommendation 2: Consider investing in the co-location of emergency services and key stakeholders to improve monitoring, information-sharing, co-ordination and response.
Recommendation 3: Promote a culture of trust and inclusivity within and across organisations at a city-policy level, harnessing the influence of strategic leaders.
Recommendation 4: Scope what staff welfare is in place across the partnership and consider how to better co-ordinate and promote existing support initiatives for staff before and after incidents.
Recommendation 5: Cities to identify, develop and strengthen partnerships among the public, private and third sectors, involving a wide representation of organisations in preparedness.
Recommendation 6: Cities to consider creating co-ordinated online Preparedness Hubs where communities can come together to access information and resources, as well as be co-ordinated for volunteering.
Recommendation 7: Cities should review the capability, capacity and preparedness of their mental-health services to provide proactive outreach and effective psychological screening and treatment for those affected by the complex loss and trauma associated with terrorist (and other major) incidents. Special attention should be paid to coordinating pathways.
The recommendations identified in the report support the partnership to progress its multi-agency arrangements for a Complex Co-ordinated Terrorist Attack, which remains a priority for London.
A summary of the separate reports from the Counter-terrorism Protective Network (CTPN) can be found here and at the Knowledge Hub on the Resilience First website.