CST prepares to protect our Jewish community in the run up to the High Holy Days

18 Sep 2017 by CST

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.

Lucy D’Orsi, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police at the CST High Holy Day briefing in London

One of the main events which takes place annually is the large London based pre-High Holy Day briefing, which took place at the beginning of September, with over 300 volunteer personnel, security guards and Police in attendance. Attendees on the night heard from CST’s Chief Executive David S Delew, CST Chairman Gerald M Ronson CBE, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi from the Metropolitan Police and CST’s Director of Communications, Mark Gardner. Presentations covered, in detail, the current situation facing the Jewish community, security advice to help improve security for Jewish locations and a case study of a recent incident that took place in the heart of Hendon.

CST Chairman, Gerald M Ronson at the CST High Holy Day briefing in London

The sessions across the country included presentations and information about security and the threats facing the Jewish community, with physical training sessions to prepare volunteer security officers who will be protecting our Jewish community during the High Holy Day period. One of the largest physical training sessions, which took place in London at the beginning of September, included several members of Barnet Police and members of the Police’s Protective Security Operations. Participants ran through several scenarios, including terrorism-related incidents, which they could encounter when protecting the Jewish community.

Attendees at a pre-High Holy Day briefing in Wales

CST sincerely thanks all those who attended the briefings and training sessions, including Police, security personnel and volunteers, who will be working to protect our community over the coming month.

Participants of a large pre-High Holy Day training scenario evening

If you would like to become a CST trained volunteer security officer, please contact the CST training department


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