Counter Terrorism and Serious Organised Crime

Find out more in this section about how to spot and report suspicious behaviour to help us Keep People Safe from terrorism and Serious Organised Crime.

Police Scotland, through our Counter Terrorism Security Advisors and in liaison with the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO), has been busy working within the Crowded Places sector in order to keep people safe.

Be Reassured

The threat from International Terrorism to the United Kingdom is at SUBSTANTIAL.

Be Alert, Not Alarmed

Police have exercised plans to respond to multi seated firearms attacks and may increase their presence in some areas. Don’t become fearful or withdraw from the streets. Businesses and priority Crowded Places have been working with police (NaCTSO and the CTSA network) to protect sites and staff from a variety of terrorist attacks. This includes music, sport and entertainment venues, restaurants, hotels and shops.

Statements from Police Scotland are posted on the Police Scotland website, Facebook and Twitter.

Police Scotland will continue to work with all of our partners in order to Keep People Safe.

Be Vigilant and Report Suspicious Behaviour

Police act on information from the public who report suspicious people or behaviour. I would encourage everyone to remain alert and vigilant and, “If you suspect it, report it” by contacting Police Scotland directly by calling 101. In an emergency dial 999 or report it through the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.

Vigilant behaviour by staff and the public can disrupt attack planning. Businesses can run Vigilance Campaigns and their staff can attend Project Griffin events.

The following videos released by Counter Terrorism Police UK, show the best plans of action when encountering suspicious behaviour and items. 

Plan Now What You Will Do to STAY SAFE

‘Stay Safe’ principles (Run Hide Tell) give some simple actions to consider at an incident and the information that armed officers may need in the event of a weapons or firearms attack. Full guidance is contained on the NaCTSO website.

More information about the 'Stay Safe' principles can be found here:

Conduct a health check on your premises. Crowded Place booklets contain clear self-help guidance and check-lists.

  • Review your building response plan to consider your response now and if the UK threat rises.
  • Test and exercise with partners (around the table) to check your preparation for terrorism and wider business continuity (e.g. flooding/flu). 

Suspicious Airport Behaviour – Project Pegasus

Be vigilant around airports and airfields- notify Police Scotland of anything suspicious or which you have concerns about. Find out more here.

Suspicious Maritime Behaviour – Project Kraken 

Project Kraken delivers an enhanced crime and counter terrorist ‘vigilance’ capability within the maritime environment of Scotland.  Get more information about how you can help.

Serious Organised Crime

Serious Organised Crime a wide range of activities and individuals involved in areas such as drug trafficking, counterfeiting, money laundering, organised immigration crime and fraud. Get more information here.