CST works to protect Jewish students on campus across the United Kingdom. CST’s dedicated Campus Team works with students across the country to ensure their safety from antisemitism, extremism and terrorism; whether they are students who give their time as CST Volunteer Security Officers, students who are involved in their Jewish society and any other Jewish student on campus who feels they need support to combat antisemitism or protect their community.
7 March 2019
Last month, CST ran two large training sessions for commercial guards. As part of CST’s commitment to working with a large number of commercial guards that protect synagogues and Jewish Schools, CST took advantage of the school half-term break to offer several training session for these guards. Unlike previous training classes, CST has held, the three-hour-long sessions comprised of intense physical training to ensure the guards are properly prepared not only to deal with a terrorist attack but the potential aftermath as well.
CST strives to constantly ensure that volunteers, as well as those that teach them the skills to protect our Jewish community, are constantly kept up to date with the latest security principles and knowledge. CST hosts training sessions throughout the year, for all our volunteers, instructors and members of the community, to keep our Jewish community safe.
Psychological Resilience Training: Preparing the Jewish Community to recover emotionally from crisis
As part of a push to improve the overall resilience of the Jewish community, CST recently organised and hosted two full-day Psychological Resilience Conferences, one in Manchester and one in London. The aim of the conferences was to give communal organisations the tools with which to prepare themselves in the event of a major incident or crisis.
Last night, CST hosted the annual High Holy Day briefing in London for Police, CST security volunteers and others. The aim of the briefing is to present the risks facing the Jewish community during the High Holy Day period as well as the joint CST and Police security operation which will be running. The event was one of several CST will be holding and a briefing in Birmingham took place as well. CST will also be hosting several others across the country, including in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool, to ensure all volunteers and Police are aware of the challenges facing the community.
This week CST hosted over 150 commercial guards from several guarding companies at a security training session. This is one of many training sessions that CST delivers throughout the year to ensure guards protecting our Jewish community are aware of crucial security principals and threats facing the Jewish community. This week’s presentation focused on the specific challenges facing the Jewish community leading up to the start of a new school year and the High Holy Days.
This week CST ran a training session for guarding company managers and security officers who work to protect our community in Stamford Hill. The training was part of an ongoing effort to ensure that the kehillah in the area is adequately protected by fully trained guards.
CST recently ran its first ever full training course at a Jewish secondary school. Twelve students successfully graduated as fully-fledged CST volunteers after attending a ten-week course at the Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoSS).
CST, which has decades of security experience working to protect the Jewish community, is pleased to support the work of Faith Associates to improve security for mosques and other places of worship. Faith Associates is a charity set up to provide research, training, advice and guidance to influence the challenges faced by minority communities. Their new initiative, Mosque Security, has launched to assist mosques with security in the month before Ramadan.
Last week, CST hosted a successful security training course for commercial security guarding company managers, directors and senior staff. CST recognises the importance of ongoing training and learning for security staff who help to protect our Jewish community.
This week, CST hosted over 30 CCTV contractors from across the United Kingdom at the second CCTV forum that CST has held. Through the Security Enhancement Project, CST has spent over £11 million on enhancing physical security measures at Jewish buildings throughout the UK, including CCTV. CST has also developed a national security control room, with direct CCTV access to hundreds of Jewish communal building across the UK.
CST's National Head of Training ran a specially designed day for ten Hatzola members from the Kehilla, at CST's Hendon office on Sunday 12 November. Hatzola is a Jewish volunteer-led ambulance team which responds to medical emergencies and incidents within the community.
CST has hosted a number of pre-High Holy Day briefings in recent weeks in order to prepare Police, security volunteers, security officers and commercial guards for the large security operation that will take place during the High Holy Day period . Briefings took place across the country, including in Leeds, Manchester, Cardiff, Liverpool, Sussex, Birmingham and London.
Annually, just before the High Holy Days, CST hosts a briefing for commercial guarding companies and relevant staff. CST administers an annual Government grant for guarding at state funded Jewish schools, and since the funds began, CST has been engaging regularly with several commercial guarding companies to the ensure the Jewish community is protected.
CST has begun training current CST security officer volunteers and others from the community to become Psychological First Aiders. This has been in planning for some time and following several terror attacks in London, Manchester and across the continent, the need to deliver trauma support to the Jewish community in the event of an attack has become increasingly apparent. CST has created the first Jewish Community Psychological Response Team, led by a team of professional psychologists, to help those affected in the event of a major incident.
CST volunteers show their commitment to protecting our community after London and Manchester attacks
Following the tragic Manchester and London attacks, which left 30 people dead, two hundred CST security volunteers participated in vigorous, specially designed security training scenarios. CST’s staff and volunteers are fully committed to the task at hand, confronting the threats facing both the Jewish community and our wider British society.
CST was privileged to assist the Belz community in Stamford Hill with the first visit by Rabbi Yissachar Dov Rokeach to the UK in 23 years. The Belz community approached CST just under two months before the trip, seeking assistance. There were numerous highly detailed planning meetings which led to Belz, CST and two commercial security companies working together in close partnership before and throughout the visit.
Last week CST’s Deputy Head of Krav Maga visited Leeds and Manchester to train CST security volunteers from the region. Several sessions took place as part of the re-launch of the Leeds training calendar. The goal of the training was to explain the mindset behind Krav Maga at CST and inspire people to come to training regularly.
CST hosted its first training session this week for Project Griffin with Nightingale Hammerson in South London, one of the Jewish community’s leading providers of care for older people. Project Griffin is a scheme run by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, which aims to keep the public safe by ensuring that Police work with communities across the country. CST was accredited to deliver Project Griffin in December 2016.
CST’s security volunteers are crucial for CST’s work keeping the Jewish community in the United Kingdom safe. With a wave of terror attacks across Europe in 2015 and 2016, the Jewish community has often been a secondary or tertiary target for attacks, such as in Copenhagen and Paris in early 2015. In light of this, CST relies on its security volunteers more than ever to protect the Jewish community.
CST is proud of its close ties with the Police nationally. As part of this relationship, CST hosts and facilitates several training and education sessions during the year, such as the High Holy Day Briefing and various Police seminars nationwide.
CST is pleased to announce that the National Counter Terrorism Security Office has accredited CST to deliver Project Griffin. The project aims to keep the public safe by ensuring that the Police work together with communities across the country. The focus of Operation Griffin is encouraging and enabling members of the wider community to “detect and deter terrorist activity and crime”. The accreditation comes during Counter Terrorism Awareness Week in the UK, which CST is supporting, which aims to educate the public about terror threats to Britain and encourages people to be vigilant.
CST wishes to congratulate over 75 new volunteer security offices who completed their training courses over the past month. The volunteers who graduated come from all parts of the Jewish community and from all age ranges. The courses held in March and April included two intensive residential courses which challenge the recruits to ensure they can help to secure and protect our Jewish community.
CST security volunteers are vital in CST’s work to protect our Jewish community. This year we have witnessed terror attacks directed against Jewish communities in Europe: in Paris & Copenhagen. Following the murder of Dan Uzan Z”L, the Jewish security volunteer killed whilst protecting a Bat Mitzvah in the Danish capital, CST saw a spike in the number of applicants to join our security training courses.
CST’s volunteers are at the heart of all our work protecting the Jewish community. We literally could not function without them and we do everything we can to ensure they have the skills and the equipment they need to do their work. This is why we are proud to have been accredited with adhering to good practice in volunteer management by the Jewish Volunteer Network. CST is now one of only 10 organisations to have received this accreditation.