UK Terror Threat: More Armed Police For Regions

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 3:03 AM

The PM announces four hundred new armed officers to attempt to ensure cities around the country are prepared for a Paris-style attack.

UK Terror Threat: More Armed Police For Regions

Hundreds more armed police are to be recruited by forces exterior London in the following two years as the Government steps up moves to prevent Paris-style terror attacks in the UK.

Speaking at a security conference in Washington, David Cameron pledged a further four hundred armed police in addition to six hundred more in London announced in January.

To boost counter-terrorism in the regions, there will also be more round-the-clock specialist teams - mainly in huge cities such as Manchester and Birmingham - and forty more armed-response vehicles.

The additional armed officers, which will get the no in England and Wales to nearly 7.000, follows a review ordered by the Prime Minister after the Paris attacks.

The Government says every region will benefit.

The extra armed-response vehicles and teams will be operational within a year, taking the total to one hundred fifty and doubling the no in London. They'll carry specialist equipment and enable firearms officers to be transported swiftly.

The Prime Minister said: "Our police and intelligence agencies work circular the clock to hold us secure and it's absolutely vital that we support them with the right resources and kit.

"After the terrorist attacks in France latest year, we decided to see at whether there was more we could do to defend people from the type of terrorist threat we now face.

"That’s why we're increasing the no of specially trained armed officers up and down the country to create sure the police have greater capability to reply swiftly and effectively should they necessity to do so."

Deputy Chief Constable Simon Chesterman, the National Police Chiefs' Council lead for Armed Policing, added: "Over recent years we've significantly enhanced the training, tactics and weaponry of armed officers to ensure they're capable of dealing with all types of terrorist attacks. 

"This extra uplift will ensure we're in an even stronger position to reply quickly and effectively to defend the public."

The map for more armed police comes on top of military contingency planning announced by the Prime Minister following the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Jan last year.

This will authorize 10.000 troops to be involved in a security response in the event of a terror attack, as well as enabling the military to fill in for armed police, releasing them to reply to incidents.

The new measures will be funded from £143m announced at the Strategic Security and Defence Review to expand Armed Response capability and capacity.

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