VIDEO: 'Don't delay, just act if you see something suspicious', say Met police
PUBLISHED: 12:19 24 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:19 24 May 2017
Officer numbers have also been increased on the streets
As the Metropolitan Police have increased officer numbers following the terror attack in Manchester, on Monday night, they have also released a video with information on what to do if you think you see something suspicious.
A spokesperson from Bexley police said: “If you notice something suspicious that could be terrorist related don’t delay, just act.
“If you have a concern about something you’ve seen or heard that could identify a terrorist threat contact police in confidence on 0800 789 321 or visit www.gov,uk/ACT.”
The public will now see more armed officers, working alongside their neighbourhood and specialist colleagues on operations and targeted patrols, both on foot and in vehicles. Locations of their deployments, types of tactics and numbers on duty will continually change to be the most effective and avoid predictability.
As part of the pre-planned and tested deployment under Operation Temperer the military will be working under the MPS command structure to provide static armed guarding at key locations. This will include Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, Embassies and the Palace of Westminster. This will free up armed officers to carry out patrols.
Commander Jane Connors, leading the London policing operation, said: “We will do all we can to protect the Capital that we serve at this unsettling time. All our work is designed to make our city as hostile an environment as possible for terrorists to plan and operate.
“The reality is that we must be prepared to be able to respond to and deal with armed and deadly attackers, so we must be in a position to respond with firearms officers who will use force to stop those attackers in their aim. That is why is we have increased the number of firearms who are on duty, both out walking and in roaming patrols, at fixed points and carrying out a range of operations.
“We are using every tactical option - not just through the use of armed officers but ongoing work by the Counter Terrorism Command; working with partner agencies and gathering community intelligence.
“Whilst some of what we are doing will be obvious to the public there is a huge amount of work happening day and night that the public will never know about.”
As a deterrent and disruptive tactic officers will be making more use of stop and search; vehicle check points and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology.
Operations for upcoming events are now under review and there will be an additional security arrangements put in place. Specialist officers who are experts in protective security arrangements are advising businesses, event organisers and venues across London.
Commander Connors added: “At this time we need the people of London to remain calm but alert. If you see anything that causes you concern then let us know immediately, if you have suspicions about someone’s behaviour call us. We need your help to help us protect the capital and thwart the terrorists who seek to divide us and undermine our way of living.”
Anyone concerned about suspicious behaviour, or who has information they believe may help police, should call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321. They do not have to give their name and all information received via the hotline is confidential.