A former counter-terrorist security coordinator, Niall Griffin has been offering advice to event organisers on Protect Duty, the recently proposed legislation aiming to increase security measures for venues and public spaces.
Also known as Martyn’s Law, Protect Duty was established in honour of Martyn Hett, one of the 22 victims killed in the Manchester Arena attack in 2017.
The proposed new law aims to ensure the public are better protected from potential terrorist attacks, making it a legislative requirement for venues to employ security measures in the majority of public spaces.
Over 70% of respondents supported the government’s proposal to introduce stronger security measures during a public consultation on Protect Duty in January, which includes the requirement of counter- terrorism plans and training for venue security staff.
With over 30 years’ experience, Niall has supported Protect Duty since it was first proposed last year.
“There is no doubt that the Protect Duty is a huge step in the right direction and one which the security industry has been crying out for,” he said. “The proportionality part of Martyn’s Law is very important. Not all sites and venues are the same, so a blanket approach would be counterproductive.
“This must be proportionate with individual business models, but there is no reason why anyone who runs any sort of event that welcomes people in at a publicly accessible location wouldn’t have to comply with this.”
Organisers can contact Niall for advice by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org