After all, there are always willing volunteers in the private sector too:
Paul Ryan, general manager of Liquid and Envy Nightclub, and deputy chairman of Pubwatch, said Colchester was a potential target for terrorism because it was a garrison town.Perhaps they feel the threat of terrorism is rather overrated, and being businessmen in a recession, have better things to do with their time?
He was disappointed staff from only one venue had attended a recent meeting set up by the Home Office to offer advice and support for pubs and clubs in the event of a terrorist attack.
But it seems that, while you don’t tackle the fear of crime by ‘cultivating it, by ramping up a public sense of panic’, that’s how you tackle a fear of terrorism.
Mr Ryan said: “Nationally, the threat of terrorism has increased and, because we are a garrison town, it is in everyone’s interests to take part in the training.Oooh, scary stuff!
“There could be people collecting data and information with the aim of causing death and serious havoc in the town centre. The training gives advice on what to do if a terrorist attack takes place, and advice on how to identify possible terrorists.
“This is something that could be disastrous to the night-time economy, if there were death or serious injury as a result of an incident; so it was very disappointing to see the meeting had such poor attendance.”
Mr Ryan just can’t understand why his fellow businessmen are reluctant to sip the Home Office Kool-Aid….
Peter Carrington, community safety manager from the Safer Colchester Partnership, said: “The Argus training for pubs and clubs helps management, security staff and employees understand the risk of a terrorism.From anything other than terrorism?
“It also has information about how to keep party-goers safe.”
No, probably not. I don’t go to nightclubs any more, but I doubt fear of Al Qaeda is top of the list of customer worries…
And check out the comments – the customers seem to be of the same mind.