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A message from the Metropolitan Police

Safer Streets
Following the horrific terrorist attack in Manchester on Monday night, in which 22 people were killed and tens of others injured, we have increased the number of officers on duty across the Capital.

Whilst all policing operations in London are currently planned to the backdrop of a severe threat level from terrorism, officers from our event planning teams and protective security experts are now reviewing in detail all the plans for upcoming events in the Capital.

This includes smaller events which may not have had a police presence seeing a greater focus; an increase of armed and unarmed officers on highly visible reassurance patrols around key locations and crowded places and work with event organisers.

The Met is reaching out to event organisers through our licensing officers to ensure that they are given the latest protective security advice to keep their music events as safe as can be. Using our well established local and London-wide briefing systems, we are ensuring that refreshed advice is given to all those venues hosting events.

A full review of the security and policing operations for the weekend's sporting events - the culmination of the football and rugby seasons at Wembley and Twickenham - is underway. This will include the deployment of extra armed officers.

Operation Hercules - which sees the deployment of a range of mobile and static overt armed officers - will be stepped up to protect the Capital. This is designed to make London as hostile an environment as possible for any would-be attacker. That means the locations, types of tactics and the numbers of officers deployed at once will continually change to be most effective and avoid predictability.

The Met will continue to do everything possible to protect the Capital not just through the use of armed officers but the ongoing work by specialist detectives in the Counter Terrorism Command; working with partner agencies and gathering community intelligence.

Commander Jane Connors, said: "As the full horror of last night's attack in Manchester still sinks in the thoughts of all of us in the Met Police are with those who have lost loved ones or who were injured.

"Here in London we are determined to do all we can to protect the Capital. That means that over the coming days as you go to a music venue, go shopping, travel to work or head off to the fantastic sporting events you will see more officers - including armed officers.

"We are used to delivering policing operations that seek to mitigate against the severe threat we face from terrorists. It is only right that we now take time to review those existing plans and make sure we are confident that we are doing all we can.

"As you are out and about in London please be alert - call us immediately if you see something suspicious. If you are at an event and something worries you, go straight to a police officer or security guard and tell them."

Across London local officers are also out engaging with a range of communities as terrorist attacks can cause heightened concerns. Safer Schools officers are working closely with their schools to make sure that young people understand what the Met is doing to protect the Capital. 

Threat assessment

  • Last night the Prime Minister announced that the threat level to the UK from international terrorism was raised to Critical. This level remains under constant review.

 MPS Response

  • The MPS is working with our partners so we can to protect London. We have put in place pre-planned responses to make London a hostile environment for terrorists, to provide reassurance to local communities and to maintain our usual service to the public.
  • Our response includes, but is not limited to, the deployment of military assistance to provide static armed guards at key sites such as Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, Embassies and the palace of Westminster to release armed police officers for other duties.
  • We will be providing additional police patrols at certain locations, such as transport hubs, places of worship, school routes and crowded places. Our deployments will include more armed officers patrolling on foot and in vehicles. The locations, deployments and tactics employed will vary continuously in order to avoid predictability.
  • Overall in London the public can expect to see an increased number of officers on duty – both armed and unarmed. This will include Special Constables providing additional visible presence over the next few days
  • We are reviewing security arrangements for upcoming events and there will be additional measures in place at many of these events in the coming days. Meanwhile, specially trained officers are providing security advice to businesses, event organisers and venues across London.

 Local public reassurance & community cohesion

  • We know that some of our communities will feel a heightened sense of concern. Borough police across London are engaging with their local stakeholders and through their local networks, providing support and reassurance to vulnerable communities, with the business community, schools and faith premises.
  • Safer Schools officers will be reaching out and available to reassure pupils and answer questions they have.
  • As well as reaching out to reassure local partners and communities, local police are actively monitoring community tensions.
  • We encourage people to report any hate crime to police. The message remains as it always has been; we will not tolerate hate crime and will investigate all reports that are made to us

 The public are encouraged to remain calm but vigilant

  • We need our communities and key partners to help us to keep London safe and to thwart the terrorists who seek to divide us and undermine our way of life.
  • We need all our partners to encourage communities to remain calm but vigilant. Community intelligence is a key part of our response and we are urging people to immediately report anything that causes them concern or raises their suspicions.

If the public see something suspicious we ask them to ACT. Action Counters Terrorism; report anything you’ve heard that could identify a terrorist threat by calling 0800 789 321. In an emergency always call 999 - #ActionCountersTerrorism

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