No military support requested by Kent Police as terrorist threat level rises to critical

Contributed by editor on May 25, 2017 - 09:39 AM


Following the events in Manchester on 22 May 2017 and the decision to increase the national threat level to ‘critical’ work is underway to make sure Kent remains a safe place.


Kent Police is liaising with the Home Office to regularly assess the national threat levels and what that means for local communities.

This work is part of an agreed, and well-rehearsed national plan that includes the possible deployment of military personnel to support police officers. Kent Police has not requested the support of military personnel at this time.

Kent Police already deploys highly-visible firearms officers at key locations in the county as part of their current deployment and as a result of this on-going work, additional police officer patrols are being arranged.

Kent Police say: "Our sympathies remain with those affected by the events in Manchester but we ask people to continue to enjoy our county and stay alert, not alarmed."

This threat level applies to the whole of the UK and not any specific area. As such, the whole UK public should remain alert and vigilant and report anything suspicious by calling the Anti Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321.

Kent Police has issued advice to business owners or people organising an event.

They say: "Following the recent attacks, it's important to reassure your staff to make sure they're alert, but not alarmed.

"This is the right moment for you to also review your security plans to make sure the measures you should already have in place, are still current and have been tested to ensure staff are prepared and confident."

More information, including guidance for industry, businesses and event organisers, is provided by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office.

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