There is to be an immediate increase in the visibility of armed officers on patrol at events and crowded spaces in Leicestershire.
The decision follows the terrorist attacks in London last night (Saturday 3 June) and the Prime Minister’s confirmation that the General Election will take place as planned this Thursday.
The Force is actively reviewing its operational plans to police the Election and will, if necessary, increase security at polling stations.
And a number of key locations and events will be earmarked for additional armed and unarmed patrols in the coming two weeks.
The decisions were taken at a meeting this afternoon by Assistant Chief Constable Rob Nixon, who is leading the Force’s operational response to last night’s incident.
He said: “Whilse the national threat level remains at ‘severe’, we have assessed and will continue to review the situation and will take whatever steps are necessary and proportionate to maintain public safety.
“We will continue to deploy armed officers in key locations but this primarily to provide visible reassurance and to enable officers to respond quickly and effectively in the unlikely event of any incident.
“I must stress there is no intelligence that is specific to a threat in Leicestershire.
“We cannot, and will not, let such appalling attacks cause friction within our communities or stop us living our daily lives. The community cohesion that exists in Leicester, in Leicestershire and in Rutland is something we are all rightly proud of and celebrate, and we must rally around one another.
“We must remain vigilant. I ask people to be aware of their surroundings and the individuals around them, and look out for signs that someone may be acting strangely and out of character. These could be signs that they are considering committing a criminal act, and we need to hear from anyone with such concerns.”
The Metropolitan Police has set up a casualty bureau for anyone concerned about a relative who may have been in or around London Bridge or the Borough of Southwark last night. It is 0800 0961 233.
The Met has also asked that anyone who has images or film of last night’s incidents to pass those to police by uploading it at www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk.
If you have information about possible terrorist activity, call the police anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321.
You can also call Leicestershire Police on 101 to report anything that you consider suspicious or connected with terrorism.
Source:: Leicestershire Police News