29 Dec 2016 by CST
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 offers a wide range of courses catered to various people and various ages. Throughout 2016, CST ran several security officer training courses, including intensive residential courses to challenge and equip volunteers with the skills required to help secure and protect our Jewish community. Last week CST hosted the final graduation of the year for security officers who have recently completed the CST basic security course. The new security officers received their badges, and CST Chief Executive David Delew, alongside both the CST Head of Security for the London and Southern Regions and the National Head of Training addressed the attendees.
2016 also saw the introduction of the CST Level One Course, which aims to equip members of the community who already assist with security, or who are interested in assisting with security, with the basics of security to ensure the protection of our Jewish community. Over 750 volunteers have taken part in, and completed, the Level One course in 2016.
CST could not function without its volunteers, and ensuring a duty of care and support is of paramount importance to CST. This year CST was accredited with adhering to good practice in volunteering management by the Jewish Volunteer Network. In order to achieve the accreditation, CST had to demonstrate proficiency in recruiting and supporting its volunteers. CST is now one of 10 organisations to have received this accreditation and will continue to invest in its volunteers and uphold this standard.
If you want to learn new skills, defend yourself and contribute to protecting our community, you too can become a CST security officer. CST is especially looking to recruit those from the Northern Regions of the United Kingdom but welcomes all applications to join our growing pool of security volunteers.
If you are interested in becoming a CST security officer or taking part in the CST Level One course you can contact the CST Training Department here.
16 Dec 2016 by CST
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. Read more…
13 Dec 2016 by CST
Last week CST attended the EU High Level Group on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Other Forms of Intolerance meeting in Brussels. CST has been working with the group for several months to tackle hate speech online, by engaging with numerous social media and internet companies including Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft. Read more…
CST welcomes British Government’s decision to adopt International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of antisemitism
12 Dec 2016 by CST
CST welcomes and applauds the decision by the British Government, led by Theresa May, to adopt a definition of antisemitism. Britain is the first European country to adopt a definition of antisemitism in order to combat antisemitic hate crimes. Read more…
12 Dec 2016 by CST
The British Government has officially announced that far right National Action is to be banned under terror laws. Home Secretary Amber Rudd labelled the group a “racist, antisemitic and homophobic organisation”. The proscription of the group means that it will bea criminal offence to belong to the group, invite support for the group, arrange meetings to support the group and to wear clothing or carry or display articles publically which support the group. Penalties for offences which contravene the proscription carry a maximum prison term of 10 years and an unlimited fine. Read more…
2 Dec 2016 by CST
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. Read more…
1 Dec 2016 by CST
CST thanks Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP for her strong support for communal security measures, as stated in her speech at a Jewish news / BICOM conference on 30 November. Read more…