High profile patrols by armed officers to continue

Armed officers will continue to conduct highly visible foot patrols in the city centre and at other crowded places and key entertainment venues including the Download festival this weekend.

The decision to maintain the current, enhanced, patrol strategy which was put into place following the London terrorist attacks on Saturday night, was agreed at a meeting at Police Headquarters this morning (Tuesday 6 June).

Armed officers will conduct foot patrols of the city centre and at other key locations in the force area to supplement existing patrols by unarmed officers in a move designed to reassure the public and to keep people safe.

The presence of armed officers at East Midlands Airport will continue to operate at its enhanced level.

And the force’s routine patrol strategy has been aligned to ensure both armed and unarmed officers are highly visible at a number of forthcoming pubic events in the area in the coming fortnight.

Plans have also been put into place to provide visibility and reassurance patrols at polling stations for the General Election on Thursday.

Assistant Chief Constable Rob Nixon, who is leading the Force’s operational response to the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, said that the measures in place were necessary and proportionate to maintain public safety.

He said: “We will continue to deploy armed officers in key locations but I want the public to be clear that this is primarily to provide visible reassurance. It will also enable officers to respond quickly and effectively in the unlikely event of any incident happening in our area.

“I must stress that there is no intelligence to suggest there is a specific threat to Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland.

“Since we began deploying armed officers on foot patrol on Sunday the reaction from the public and from our partners has been overwhelming positive and supportive, and I am grateful for that.

“We are constantly monitoring the threat level and the latest information and intelligence and I believe the public would expect us to take this level of action to ensure their safety.

“I repeat our messages of a few days ago: we cannot, and will not, let such appalling attacks as those that have happened in London and Manchester in the last three months to 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.”

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

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