The threat level had been at severe for over two and a half years and the Chairman noted that it "is difficult to maintain a level of preparedness over a long period." It was "the responsibility of managers to ensure that the message that the threat was severe was refreshed in such a way that people did not become complacent about it."
"Employees must know how to identify suspicious behaviour, be encouraged to report it, and not feel that they may be criticised if it turns out to be a false alarm."
"There was insufficient sharing of information between those people concerned with security at the arena. Another recurring theme in this inquiry is the need to efficiently share information with partners and neighbours. The effect of this will be to greatly increase the efficacy of the response."
The Chairman's remarks then turned to the "Protect Duty." A government consultation is ongoing and people are encouraged to participate. The consultation ends on 2 July 2021.
The Chairman has recommended that the requirements of the duty should be stringent. He said, "There seems to me to be no reason why large commercial organisations should not take all reasonable precautions to protect their customers from a terrorist attack."
The Protect Duty Consultation is HERE.
The inquiry continues with hearings into the adequacy of the emergency response and, finally, with the radicalisation of Salman Abedi and what the intelligence services and counter-terrorism Police knew and in the light of that what, if anything, they could and should have done to prevent the attack.
18 June 2021