Protect Duty 101

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large organisations employing 250 people or more, operating at publicly accessible locations. What does it consist of? The legislation proposes to take steps that will protect the public and reduce risk. It will require organisations to adhere to the following measures: • Increased thorough security checks in publicly accessible locations • Routine bag searches • Location vulnerability assessments • Free counter-terror training and advice for event staff • Local authority action plans to counter-terrorism The Protect Duty – widely known as 'Martyn's Law' is a proposed piece of legislation that seeks to improve the security of public venues and spaces. The bill follows several terrorist attacks – most notably, the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017. What is the Protect Duty Act? The Protect Duty Act will require public venues to improve security measures and organisation preparedness measures to protect staff and visitors in the event of a terrorist attack. It aims to learn lessons from 2017, achieving a coherent and proportionate approach to security at venues. Who does it apply to? The Protect Duty Act will apply to venues capable of holding gatherings of 100 people or more. It is also expected to apply to all Protect Duty 101 How does the Protect Duty differ from existing legislation? There are several legislations that apply to public places and spaces from a crime and/or safety point of view. Most notably the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and Licensing Act 2003. However, there is currently no existing legislation that is aimed specifically at providing counter-terrorism protective security. How can your business prepare for the Protect Duty Act? Firstly, you should consider whether you will fall under the requirements of the Protect Duty Act and if so, what category of organisation size and vulnerability you are in. From there, you can take proactive measures to understand what changes to your current physical security infrastructure you might need to make. Challenge your existing physical security setup and ensure you have What you need to know

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