Where a control room is critical to the operation of a system, it is recommended that additional physical protection be given to it such as CCTV, exterior fencing and physical protection of the entrance. Careful consideration should be given to who has access rights to this area. It is recommended that a record of those staff who have unescorted access rights be kept, based on a legitimate operational need to access that area. Other staff, contractors and visitors should be allowed access only where they are expected and have been authorised or, preferably, where they are accompanied by a member of staff who has these rights. A visitor record should also be kept.
Annex B - Marauding Active Shooter guidance
The attacks in Mumbai in November 2008 involved a co-ordinated shooting, bombing and hostage taking spree across the city by a group of 10 terrorists. The terrorists spread out, targeting a number of locations, including a railway terminus, hotels and cafes. A similar armed attack took place at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi in September 2013. We have also seen the effects a lone gunman can have in the attacks by Anders Breivik in Norway in July 2011.
This guidance is intended to complement existing guidance provided on other – more familiar – forms of terrorist attack, by addressing the scenario which emerged in the Mumbai and Nairobi attacks. This document also covers other types of firearms incidents where a gunman is active against multiple targets. This style of attack is potentially attractive to any crowded area, so vigilance by managers and staff everywhere is important.
We are not asking light rail organisations or staff to put themselves in the line of fire, indeed the opposite. The overall message to staff is DO NOT PUT YOURSELF AT RISK. It explains how staff and managers can help keep themselves and passengers safe, whilst assisting the authorities in dealing with the situation as swiftly and effectively as possible.
In briefing staff, or responding to staff concerns, you may like to explain:
“This guidance is not being provided in response to any specific intelligence but the current UK threat level is SUBSTANTIAL18, meaning a terrorist attack is “a strong possibility”. Having seen the new style of attack in Mumbai and Nairobi, and more events in the UK and Norway, it is sensible that we consider the scenario, in the same way that we do with other potential (and more familiar) terrorist threats to the transport system.
An incident of this nature could happen anywhere, particularly if it is a crowded place. A transport system is only one of many possibilities if such an attack were to happen.
The key message is that staying safe and not putting yourself at risk is paramount. By being aware of the sorts of issues that an attack in this form raises, it will help you know the best things to do in the unlikely event of this happening here”.
Police forces in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been training officers using the “Stay Safe” package in relation to firearms attacks and are providing the following advice to the business community utilising the principles of that package: