Counter terrorism

The threat from terrorism to the United Kingdom is serious. Our job is to keep everyone who travels and works on the rail network safe.

To do this we use a range of overt and covert policing tactics, which are under constant review. We work with a range of partners, including other police forces and the government. We also work closely with rail staff, providing security awareness training, regular briefings and security advice.

You can expect to see our officers on the network keeping you safe and secure. Find out more about Project Servator– how we deter, detect and disrupt a wide range of criminal activity on the rail network while providing a reassuring presence.

We also rely on help and support from the public and rail industry to maintain security on the railway.

What can I do to keep myself safe?

Be alert not alarmed, and remain vigilant at all times when travelling on the railway and when you are at stations. Follow instructions from rail staff or police officers.

You can find advice on travelling abroad from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Stay safe in the event of a firearms and weapons attack

This short film sets out practical steps that you can take to stay safe in the event of a firearms or weapons attack. You can visit the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) 'Stay Safe' page for more information.

Unattended items

You should always report unattended items so they can be checked. Don’t leave it to someone else to report it.

  • Tell a police officer or member of rail staff
  • Call 0800 40 50 40 (freephone)
  • Text 61016 (When an emergency response isn’t needed)
  • In an emergency, always call 999

Suspicious behaviour

We want you to look out for the unusual – activity or behaviour that strikes you as not quite right and out of place in your normal day to day life.

You may feel it’s nothing but unless you trust your instincts and report it we won’t be able to judge whether the information you have is important or not. Remember, no piece of information is considered too small or insignificant. If you see or hear anything that could be terrorist-related, trust your instincts and report it.

  • Call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321
  • A textphone service is available if you have speech or hearing difficulties 0800 032 4539 (text messages from mobiles are not accepted)
  • Complete an online form
  • In an emergency, always call 999

Examples of suspicious behaviour include:

  • Someone paying close attention to entry and exit points; stairwells, hallways, fire escapes for no apparent reason
  • People asking detailed or unusual questions about infrastructure and how the railway operates, including security arrangements, for no apparent reason
  • People using recording equipment, including camera phones, or seen making notes or sketches of security details for no apparent reason
  • People not displaying the appropriate security passes in access controlled areas

I work on the railway, how can I get more advice on how to keep the network safe?

We hold regular Project Griffin awareness days for a wide range of industry partners across the country. The aims of these sessions are to:

  • Raise awareness of terrorism and crime issues
  • Enable sharing and gathering of intelligence and information
  • Build effective working relationships across the rail industry
  • Empower people to report suspicious activity

We can also arrange to visit your workplace to deliver this training.

To find out more about how to access this training, please email us and we will respond within three working days. Please don’t use this email address to report something to us. In an emergency always call 999.