The recent events in Westminster and London Bridge have highlighted that terrorist attacks can happen anywhere and anytime.
Police are reminding the public of some simple steps to help stay safe in the unlikely event of an attack.
Run, Hide, Tell is the easy to remember message that explains what people should do if they are confronted by terrorists: RUN to a place of safety. This is a far better option than to surrender or negotiate. If there is nowhere to run then HIDE. It is better to hide than confront. Remember to turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Barricade yourself in if you can. Then finally, and only when it is safe to do so, TELL by calling police on 999.
Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, Neil Basu says: “The chances of ever being caught up in an attack are very small, but it if did happen you would not be thinking straight. You need a simple message that will quickly come to you – Run, Hide, Tell.
Police forces across Britain are training more highly skilled firearms officers that will be available to respond to terrorist threats.In England and Wales around 100 extra officers are being trained each month towards a net total increase of 1500 to be qualified by the end of the programme in April 2018. Some of these officers will have additional, highly specialised training in dealing with terrorism operations.
With the threat level remaining at high levels, the police and security service continue to operate at a heightened state of readiness. However, it is only with the ongoing support of communities that the police can defeat terrorism – the public are the eyes and ears and need them to be alert, but not alarmed.
Police are asking everyone to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency, 999.
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