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Counter terror training for city
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Security guards at businesses in Glasgow city centre will be trained
A counter terrorism project developed for London's financial sector will be used to train security staff in Glasgow, Strathclyde Police have said.

Project Griffin aims to enhance security and information provided to the police during a major incident.

Police will train security guards, use their services during an emergency and share intelligence with businesses.

Training will look at the current terrorist threat and the role of Griffin during the 7 July bombings.

Security staff will receive training on bomb procedures and how to treat powder packages.

About 40 staff from city centre stores, the business and finance sectors, bars and clubs, hotels, universities and local council offices will take part in the first training day on Wednesday.

Chief Superintendent David Christie, city centre police commander, said: "This project has not been implemented as a result of any increase in the terrorist threat.

It is essential that we do everything we can to raise awareness of any potential safety threats
Susan Nicol
St Enoch Centre

"The training and awareness day is designed to enhance preparedness for major incidents including certain terrorist related threats."

Input will be given by community safety officers and two counter terrorism officers from Strathclyde Police and City of London Police.

Project Griffin was brought to Glasgow by community safety Inspector David BaMaung.

He said: "Project Griffin is not only a powerful counter terrorist tool.

"It can also be used to deal with all aspects of major disruption to businesses, ranging from gas explosions to demonstrations and serious disorder."

Safety 'paramount'

Project Griffin will introduce a Bridge Call facility.

This is an extended conference call which will provide members with weekly access to certain police intelligence and information.

Updates on terrorist threats, disorder, crime trends and forthcoming demonstrations will be provided to businesses.

Susan Nicol, general manager of the St Enoch Centre in Glasgow, said: "The security of both our customers and our staff is of paramount importance to us.

"It is essential that we do everything we can to raise awareness of any potential safety threats."

Assistant Chief Constable John Neilson added: "With the potential of the first regional casino and the 2014 Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow, the introduction of such an initiative demonstrates the police and local businesses commitment to developing an attractive, secure and aware community."

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