Griffin passes 100

by Mark Rowe

Graham Bassett has become chairman of the London Project Griffin Board. He takes over from Mark Szczesnowicz.

The City of London Police hosted its 100th Project Griffin awareness day in January, and an evening of awards for those in counter terrorism since Griffin’s launch in 2004. City of London Commissioner Adrian Leppard praised those involved in the Square Mile and overseas including Australia and Canada. This was echoed by the chair of the project, Don Randall MBE.

Project Griffin was developed by the City of London Police and formally introduced in London in April 2004 as a joint venture between the City and Metropolitan police forces. Its aim: to advise and familiarise managers, security officers and employees of large public and private sector organisations across the capital on security, counter-terrorism and crime prevention. Griffin has gone onto other police forces and cities and has generated interest overseas, particularly in the United States, Canada and Australia.

Counter Terrorism Security Advisor Ian Mansfield said: “This milestone has taken a tremendous amount of effort from the Counter Terrorism department and guest presenters from the Metropolitan Police Expo and Fairway team. As we enter our tenth year, we continue to strengthened our partnership with those responsible for security within the City’s business community and provided information on recognising and reporting hostile reconnaissance, current and emerging terrorist threats and methods, and cordon procedures – all to help us protect the City from terrorism and prevent further casualties during major incidents.”


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