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UK-Ports.org collaborates with The National Police Chief’s Council and the Cabinet Office

                               
The National Police Chief’s Council and the Cabinet Office are engaged in piloting a directory of ports information which is designed to broaden the sharing of information between Law Enforcement Agencies
The pilot has been greatly assisted by Compass Handbooks Limited who have linked data sets on commercial seaports, which they present on the UK Ports.org website, to ResilienceDirect.
 
“The National Police Chief’s Council and the Cabinet Office are engaged in piloting a directory of ports information which is designed to broaden the sharing of information between Law Enforcement Agencies who have responsibilities at or across UK borders. The pilot will use the ResilienceDirect service, which assists UK category 1 and 2 responders to prepare and operate in both spontaneous and pre-planned activities, as the entry point to the directory. A variety of law enforcement data sets will be incorporated in the directory, along with publicly available data such as meteorological and shipping information. The pilot has been greatly assisted by Compass Handbooks Limited who have linked data sets on commercial seaports, which they present on the UK Ports.org website, to ResilienceDirect”
 

 

GOV.UK: ResilienceDirect

ResilienceDirect is an online private ‘network’ which enables civil protection practitioners to work together – across geographical and organisational boundaries – during the preparation, response and recovery phases of an event or emergency.

The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 requires that emergency responders co operate and share information in order to efficiently and effectively prepare for, and respond to, emergencies and ensure that action is coordinated. ResilienceDirect helps organisations to fulfil these duties by supporting the adoption of common working practices, and ensuring that key information is readily and consistently available to users.

ResilienceDirect helps to facilitate multi-agency collaboration in many ways. Activities include:

  • sharing emergency plans among Local Resilience Forum (LRF) members and others such as national/sub-national partner organisations and neighbouring LRFs
  • maintaining awareness of forthcoming exercises, events and meetings, and accessing related documentation such as agendas and minutes
  • sharing situation reports and briefings between local responders, to enable integrated management of events and consistent provision of information to the public
  • communicating situation reports to lead government departments and/or COBR, facilitating national coordination/action in response to an incident if necessary
  • gathering and reviewing comments on new policies or plans before publication, and collating lessons learned following events
  • managing contact information to ensure a single, up-to-date version of distribution lists
  • issuing news and guidance from central government to local responders via the Resilience Gateway

How does it work?

ResilienceDirect is a web-based service built on a proven resilient and secure platform. It is accredited to hold electronic documents with a protective marking of restricted (as defined in the Security Policy Framework) – a facility that many user organisations do not otherwise have. ResilienceDirect is accessible via the standard internet, via accredited networks used by the public sector (eg GSi and PNN), and via the High Integrity Telecommunications System (HITS), further increasing the resilience of the tool.

Who can access ResilienceDirect?

ResilienceDirect is available for use by all category 1 and 2 responders (as defined by the Civil Contingencies Act 2004), government departments and agencies, and other key organisations in the UK resilience community.