An innovative police scheme that deploys teams of officers to disrupt criminals and terrorists in crowded places is calling on the public to play their part in making it a success. The move comes at the start of National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week (Monday Nov 28 to Sunday Dec 4, #CTAW2016).
The National Crime Agency and National Counter Terrorism Policing have joined forces to appeal directly to the public for information preventing criminals and terrorists gaining access to firearms and ammunition #GunsOffOurStreets.
It is a great privilege to be asked to co-ordinate the UK’s counter terrorism policing effort at this critical time. The increasing tempo and enduring nature of terrorist activity worldwide is causing global anxiety. We understand it. As soon as Daesh started to lose on the battlefields abroad, it was clear their tactics would be directed closer to home. The evidence has been plain to see with the horrors suffered repeatedly by those in France, Germany and Belgium. We all, quite understandably, start to get concerned.
Statistics obtained from the National Police Chief's Council under Freedom of Information show that just under half of individuals specifically vulnerable to Daesh-related radicalisation, and offered support from a Channel panel, refused to participate.
We have all been facing a severe level of threat - meaning "an attack is highly likely" - for nearly two years now. And whilst we have thwarted a number of terrorist plots in that time, we are not complacent and continue to do everything we can to protect the public.
Statistics released by the Home Office today show that there was a reduction of eight firearms officers between April 2015 and March 2016 but the police are still on track to deliver an extra 1500 firearms officers over the next 18 months.
While there is no specific intelligence relating to attacks against the Christian community in the UK, police are urging the community to be alert but not alarmed, report concerns to the police and review their security as a precaution.