Following the announcement last night (Tuesday May 23rd) by the Prime Minster Theresa May to raise the national security level to Critical, Staffordshire Police want to reassure their communities that they are working hard to keep us safe.
Moving to the Critical level means the Police will be increasing the presence of both armed and unarmed police officers at popular locations including tourist spots, transport hubs and busy town centres across Staffordshire.
Staffordshire Police will also be reviewing key events over the coming days and weeks and providing security advice where practical. These are precautionary measures that aim to keep you feeling safe and reassured whilst not affecting your daily life.
Chief Constable Jane Sawyers said, “Our first priority is ensuring the safety of our local communities, so we will be working closely with community partners and key stakeholders to inform them of our plans and provide support where it is needed.
“Officers train for and rehearse situations like these on a regular basis and a plan is in place to provide reassurance to local communities across the country.
“As a precautionary measure, you will see more police officers on the streets of Staffordshire in the coming days. Please do not be alarmed, this highly visible approach is there to ensure you feel safe and reassured as we assist with the wider response to the tragic and horrific events of this week.
“Please remember acts of terrorism and hate crimes are committed by a small minority of people and are not representative of the general public. We must respond to this attack by uniting with members of our community to demonstrate that we do not welcome extremist and violent behaviour to intimidate or cause fear.”
Chief Constable Sawyers added, “We continue to work closely with our Regional Counter Terrorism Unit and the National Security Service to do everything possible to prevent further attacks.
“At this time we continue to ask the public to remain calm but alert. If you see anything that causes you concern, then let us know immediately. I’m sure you can appreciate it is an extremely busy time for our control room, so please remember to focus reports on anything genuinely suspicious. If you see or hear anything that you think could be terrorist-related, trust your instinct no matter how small, then ACT and call 999.”