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Public and businesses encouraged to ‘ACT’ as eyes and ears of police

Officers from across the City of London Police took to the streets on Thursday (27 July 2017) to raise awareness of national Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) advice among the City community.

In a day of action and engagement, officers from different City Police teams were distributing leaflets and encouraging Square Mile residents, workers and visitors to ‘ACT’ as our eyes and ears on the ground and support any suspicious activity to police in confidence.

Superintendent Bill Duffy from the City of London Police explained:

“The police and the security and intelligence agencies depend on members of the public for information. You may see or hear something that could be that vital piece of information needed to stop a terrorist attack.

“Be our eyes and ears and help keep yourself, your family and your local community safe by looking out for suspicious activity and reporting it to the police, in confidence.

“Attacks like those earlier this year in London and Manchester serve as a tragic reminder that terrorism can happen anywhere at any time, without warning.

“By working together with the police, staying alert and thinking about your safety and security at home or work or when you are out and about, you can make it harder for terrorists to plan or carry out an attack.”

Participating in the event was the City Police Support Group, as well as Project Servator-trained officers, who use an innovative range of tactics to deter, detect and disrupt a wide range of criminal activity, including terrorism.

Similarly trained officers from the British Transport Police, Metropolitan Police and the Ministry of Defence Police also took part in the day, with highly visible and unpredictable patrols in densely populated parts of the Square Mile.

During the course of the day, a 23-year-old man was arrested and subsequently charged for a number of offences including posession of a Class A drug with intent to supply. In addition, a number of stops and searches were conducted by officers.

Elsewhere in the City, the force’s counter terrorism security advisors (CTSAs) hosted a detailed briefing for the region’s business and security community. The successful three-hour session at Wood Street police station covered a number of topics, including Emergency Trauma Packs, advice on how to identify and report suspicious activity, and an update on the current threat level to UK, which now stands at severe – meaning an attack is highly likely.

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