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Bromley hosts security engagement day

PUBLISHED: 18:00 28 May 2014

A protective security engagement day aimed to remind the public of the vital role they can play in helping to protect London.

Bromley hosted the day on May 14.

It was led by the borough’s Counter Terrorism Focus Desk and co-ordinated by the MPS’s SO20 Counter Terrorism Protective Security unit.

Officers from the MPS Mounted Branch, Territorial Support Group, Traffic Command, Explosive Detection Dog section and British Transport Police attended and were posted to the main transport hubs and crowded places across the borough.

High visibility patrols were conducted at the transport hubs and through the town centre.

More than 3,000 leaflets about the operation were distributed by officers, which encouraged residents to stay vigilant and report anything they felt was suspicious.

The operation is part of ongoing activity to increase awareness of protective security in London.

Detective Superintendent Marshall Kent, from SO20 CT Protective Security Command said: “I was delighted with the enthusiasm shown from residents and shoppers across the borough towards this operation today. Everyone was very keen to engage with the officers and gain an understanding of protective security in London.

“We all have a role to play in keeping London safe from terrorism and this operation saw specialist officers working with local police and communities in Bromley to counter that threat and prevent other crime.

“The threat to London from terrorism remains real and serious so we encourage the public to remain vigilant and alert to ensure the safety of London. If something strikes you as suspicious or you are unsure about somebody’s activities or behaviour, however insignificant it may seem at the time, call the confidential anti-Terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321. In the event of an emergency always dial 999”.

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