Shopping centre giants intu has been been given accredited by the National Counter National Counter Terrorism Security Office to deliver training to both its own staff and to its retail tenants.
Believed to be an industry first, Project Griffin is the national counter terrorism awareness training program for business that aims to protect the UK’s cities and communities.
The operations director of intu, Gordon McKinnon, said the company had “no hesitation” in putting their hands up for this initiative.
“We take the safety and security of our customers and staff seriously and this project is just another way in which we continually adapt and flex our approach,” he said.
“As the only shopping centre landlord have its own security personnel in-house, we’re fortunate to be able to deliver this training first hand.
“It’s great to have trained specialists working alongside our own experienced staff and retailers across all our centres.”
The news means intu now have 25 accredited trainers covering the UK able to deliver Project Griffin training in its centres.
The company’s in-house learning and development teams will also support its newly-accredited trainers in scheduling training sessions across its centres and to open these sessions to its retailers.
Project Griffin consists of briefing events to increase awareness on how best to reduce and respond to the most likely types of terrorist activities.
These sessions are presented by trained police advisors delivering a range of counter-terrorism awareness modules.