Advice for Londoners in the event of a Paris style attack

MQT on 2015-12-16
Session date: 
December 16, 2015
Question By: 
Kemi Badenoch
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The National Counter Terrorism Policing Security Office recently released advice on what people should do in the event they are caught up in a Paris-style gunman attack. What plans do you, MOPAC and the Metropolitan Police Service have to make Londoners aware of this advice?


Answer for Advice for Londoners in the event of a Paris style attack

Answer for Advice for Londoners in the event of a Paris style attack

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  Yes, Kemi, you are perfectly correct in that there has been some general advice given about what to do in the event of a marauding gunman attack of the Paris or Mumbai variety.  Basically, the gist of it is to hide, to make yourself scarce and, if you can, to communicate what is going on but to not put yourself at risk.  That is the gist of what the advice is.

It is very important for Londoners to bear in mind that these events are vanishingly rare and they should not get excessively alarmed about them.  The most important thing is to deal with the marauding terrorists in as summary and as powerful a way as possible and to stop them with their automatic weapons.  That is why I have no hesitation in endorsing a policy of shoot-to-kill for people who have taken the lives of innocent people and are continuing to present a threat.

Kemi Badenoch AM:  Thank you, Mr Mayor.  Have you given any advice directly to large public buildings - museums, shopping centres, football stadiums - to help them keep visitors safe?

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  No.  The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) has not issued advice to tourist venues or destinations in that way, although I will have discussions with the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime about what the advice is and whether we need to promulgate it.

My only cautionary note is that I do not want this to become like the 1980s when every child grew up in terror of atomic destruction.  Protect and Survive was the pamphlet, as I seem to remember, and we were all taught to hide under tables and that kind of thing.

This is a vanishingly rare occurrence.  Let us make sure that we deal with it in all sorts of ways.  If we can be helpful in giving advice about how to deal with it, then I have no objection to that.

Kemi Badenoch AM:  Is it time to introduce gunfire detectors?  They have been shown to significantly police response times and to save lives.  You may remember that my colleague Roger Evans [AM] recently proposed that the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) should introduce them.

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  I am very happy to look at that proposal and to see whether it would add value.  I am aware that Roger has tabled that proposal for gunfire detectors.  They have been used in some places in the United States (US).

Kemi Badenoch AM:  Yes.

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  If it can be made to work here, then we will certainly have a look at it.

Kemi Badenoch AM:  Thank you.