Ministry of Defence Police step in to support Kent officers in wake of Manchester terror attack

Contributed by editor on May 27, 2017 - 03:00 PM


Ministry of Defence Police officers will be supporting Kent Police as part of on-going work to keep the county safe.


In the aftermath of the events in Manchester on 22 May 2017 and the decision to increase the national threat level to ‘critical’ Kent Police's work is on-going to ensure communities remain safe.

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

Highly-visible firearms officers are already patrolling key locations in Kent as part of our current deployment and as a result of this on-going work, additional police officer patrols have been arranged.

From Friday 26 May, this will also include officers from the Ministry of Defence Police who will support their armed Kent colleagues.

MoD police officers will patrol key locations to provide additional protective security and will be under the command and control of Kent Police.

The national threat level remains at ‘critical’ and members of the public are asked to remain alert, but not alarmed.

Anyone who witnesses anything suspicious should report it to the Anti Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321.

Are you a business owner or organising an event?

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

This is the right moment for to also review security plans to make sure the measures already 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.

Are you organising a school trip or other educational visit?

It is at schools’ discretion whether to consider postponing visits, and/or using travel by coach rather than using public transport.

Further information and advice is provided by Kelsi.

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