Counter Terrorism Specialist Firearms Officers

MQT on 2016-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2016
Question By: 
Peter Whittle
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What do you think will be the effect of the deployment of masked and armed paramilitary police on relations between the police and the public?


Answer for Counter Terrorism Specialist Firearms Officers

Answer for Counter Terrorism Specialist Firearms Officers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I assume you are referring to Operation Hercules, which will deliver extra armed officers to protect London against the threat of terrorism. I have discussed this with both the Commissioner and his senior team. The Commissioner informed me of his intention to deploy more visible policing tactics over the summer.

It is important that with all messaging on security and operational issues, we do not unduly alarm Londoners but instead reassure the public about the work that is taking place, encourage Londoners to be vigilant and to work with the police to report any suspicions they may have. The threat level in London has not changed, but it does remain at severe and especially in light of recent deadly attacks in Europe it is important we are prepared should the unthinkable happen.