Martyn’s Law (Protect Duty)
Martyn’s Law is pending UK wide legislation that will place a requirement on those responsible for certain publicly accessible locations to consider the threat from terrorism and implement appropriate and proportionate mitigation measures.
Who will Martyn’s Law apply to?
It is expected that when enacted the new legislation will apply to anyone responsible for publicly accessible locations used for purposes such as entertainment and leisure, retail, food and drink, museums and galleries, sports grounds, public areas of local and central Government buildings (e.g., town halls), visitor attractions, temporary events, Places of Worship, health, and education.
What Martyn’s Law will require you to do?
The government have indicated that publicly accessible locations with a capacity of more than one hundred people will need to undertake simple yet effective activities to improve protective security and preparedness.
Those activities will include completing free training, raising awareness and cascading information to staff. As well as completing a preparedness plan.
Publicly accessible locations with a capacity greater than eight hundred people will also be required to produce a risk assessment and security plan, considered to a ‘reasonably practicable’ standard.
Preparing for Martyn’s Law
Although no date has yet been set for the introduction of the legislation, we strongly advise that you as soon as possible:
· see the counter terrorism pages on https://www.gov.uk/government/news/martyns-law-to-ensure-stronger-protections-against-terrorism-in-public-places
· find out more about training and resources available from the https://www.protectuk.police.uk/