Crime & the Law

Met Police outline new measures to meet ‘severe’ threat of terrorism

Anti-terrorism command of the Met Police

Security measures increased after terrorism threat raised to ‘severe.’ Image: Met Police

The Met Police has outlined how it has stepped up security measures for its officers and the public to meet the increased ‘severe’ threat of terrorism.

The risk level has been raised following the extremist killings in Paris and disruption of a plot to target police officers in Belgium.

A review by counter-terrorism command has resulted in:

  • – security advice to officers and staff;
  • – measures around police buildings;
  • – changing risk assessments that affect how we deploy to certain incidents;
  • – bolstering levels of specialist support, including firearms officers.

The Met Police insist they have not made any decision to  ‘move automatically to having two officers or more in every vehicle. No decision has been taken to end single patrolling.’

Senior officers believe their best tactic is to engage with communities to persuade them ‘to pass on information about individuals who may be behaving in an unusual way or anything they have seen that might give rise for concern.’

They are also hoping the public can remain vigilant and maintain a heightened awareness. 

Meanwhile the Home Secretary Theresa May has said she never thought she would see the day when Jews living in Britain would say they were fearful of remaining in the country.

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At an event in London commemorating the Jewish victims of the Paris attacks she said:

The attack on a Jewish supermarket, where four people were killed, is a chilling reminder of anti-Semitism, not just in France but the recent anti-Semitic prejudice that we sadly have seen in this country.

Therea May attending Board of Jewish Deputies event in London.

Home Secretary Theresa May saying she would clamp down on anti-Semitism. Image: Board of Deputies

She added:

Without its Jews, Britain would not be Britain, just as without its Muslims, Britain would not be Britain – without its Sikhs, Hindus, Christians and people of other faiths, Britain would not be Britain.

She said she knew that many Jews are feeling anxious and that she was determined to ‘redouble our efforts to wipe out antisemitism in the UK.’

Zero tolerance enforcement message from Campaign against anti-Semitism

Campaign against anti-Semitism. Rally outside the Royal Courts of Justice. Image: http://antisemitism.uk/

The British Campaign against anti-Semitism has reported surveys showing a substantial increase in prejudice against Jewish people:

Shockingly almost half (45%) of British adults believe at least one of the antisemitic statements shown to them to be true, 1 in 4 people (26%) believe at least two statements to be true and 17% believe at least three statements.

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