As part of the on-going national counter-terrorism strategy, Merseyside Police has dedicated Counter Terrorism Security Advisors (CTSAs) who are part of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit.

CTSAs have regular access to current terrorism threat assessments and related intelligence. The primary role of the CTSA is to provide protective and counter-terrorism security advice in three key areas.

Crowded Places.

This could be anywhere where large numbers of people meet. It includes areas like shopping centres, sporting stadia, pubs and clubs or transport hubs.

Hazardous Sites and Substances.

CTSAs receive comprehensive specialist training in areas such as explosives and pre-cursor chemicals, pathogens and toxins, radiological sources.

Critical National Infrastructure.

CTSAs provide local support for the Centre for the Protection of the National Infrastructure (CPNI) in order to reduce vulnerability to terrorist threats.

CTSAs are trained and tasked by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO), a specialist police organisation co-located with the CPNI. CTSAs can provide specialist advice in relation to business continuity and disaster recovery, information and personnel security, integrated security systems and designing out vehicle borne terrorism.

Merseyside CTSAs work closely with other police forces throughout the country and in particular the North West Region, local authorities and other agencies.

The role of the CTSA is to assess local sites in the three categories above that might be vulnerable to terrorist or extremist attack within their force areas. They then work with the site owners and the local authority to devise and develop appropriate protective security plans to minimise impact on that site and the surrounding community.

Additionally, the CTSA continue to promote awareness of the terrorist threat and develop a greater understanding of how businesses can reduce their own vulnerability through Project Argus and Project Griffin.

Contact us

If you need to contact the CTSAs or would like counter- terrorism security advice Merseyside CTSA can be contacted on 777- 8526 or email ctsa@merseyside.police.uk

These contact details should not be used in case of an emergency. This facility is not monitored 24 hours a day.

Further information and advice can be obtained via the following websites.

Links   www.cpni.gov.uk