CST (Community Security Trust) is proud of Britain’s diverse and vibrant Jewish community, and works to protect the community from the external threats of bigotry, antisemitism and terrorism. CST’s aim is to provide the community with the means to combat these threats, enabling Jewish community life to be open, proud and strong.
CST represents British Jewry to Police, Government and media on antisemitism and security. In its mission, CST draws upon many decades of proud British Jewish self-defence, ranging from the work of the Defence Committees of the Board of Deputies, the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and street activist traditions from the 1930s, 50s and 60s, such as the 43 Group and the 62 Group. CST’s expertise and analysis is frequently sought by the media, academic bodies, law enforcement and government on all matters relating to antisemitism, terrorism, communal security and policing.
A registered charity, CST has full time offices in London, Manchester and Leeds, over 50 staff and a volunteer base of approximately 3,000 trained personnel. CST staff and volunteers provide physical security, training and advice for the protection of British Jews, regardless of political or religious difference.
CST assists those who are victims of antisemitism, and monitors antisemitic activities and incidents. Victims are encouraged to contact CST directly, in person, by phone, email or mobile website; and CST will only pass details to Police with the prior approval of the victim. CST is the only organisation in Britain that collects, analyses and publishes statistics relating to levels of antisemitism. CST publishes these figures in its annual Antisemitic Incidents Report. This is one of many CST reports and publications that explain antisemitism, security and terrorism.
Every year CST helps secure over 300 synagogues; over 120 Jewish schools; more than 1000 Jewish communal organisations and buildings; and approximately 1000 communal events. CST also represents the Jewish community on a wide range of Police, governmental and policy-making bodies dealing with security and antisemitism.
CST believes that the fight against antisemitism and terrorism is an integral part of safeguarding our wider democratic British society against extremism and hatred. Indeed, the Police and government praise CST as a model of how a minority community should protect itself, and Home Office funding enables lessons learned by CST and the Jewish community to be passed on to other minority groups.
Those seeking security advice for communal organisations or events should contact CST direct on 020 8457 9999.
Persons wishing to report antisemitic incidents or related information should contact CST direct on 020 8457 9999. Reports may also be submitted via CST website, by downloading CST’s website for mobile telephones, or by texting CST to 80800 (cost covered by CST).