New campaign to fight terrorism
Counter Terrorism Policing are once again highlighting the importance of communities in the UK’s fight against terrorism by launching a new public information campaign, which will be shown in UK cinemas and across police social media accounts.
The blockbuster sequel to last year’s ‘Communities Defeat Terrorism’ campaign will feature a new 60-second film based on real-life foiled plots, which will show examples of terrorist-related suspicious activity and behaviour, as well as attack planning methodology.
Airing across 120 cinemas nationwide, for the next eight weeks the film will encourage people to report suspicious behaviour and activity through the ACT website and the confidential hotline - 0800 789 321.
Leicestershire Police's Deputy Chief Constable Rob Nixon has praised the public’s willingness to ACT in response to the unprecedented terrorist threat, after it was revealed that the number of attacks across the UK foiled since March 2017 has risen to 18.
DCC Nixon, the force lead for Counter Terrorism, believes that the public are playing a crucial role in helping police and the security services disrupt terrorist activity, with more than 22% of all reports from the public producing intelligence which is helpful to police.
He said: “Thankfully, we did not see the horrors of 2017 repeated last year, but we should not be complacent enough to think the terrorist threat has diminished – the UK threat level remains at SEVERE meaning an attack is highly likely.
“Counter Terrorism Policing officers are currently running more than 700 live investigations nationwide, while crucial intelligence from the public has helped police and the security services prevent 18 terror attacks in just under two years.
“We have been emphasising for some time that communities defeat terrorism, and the fact that more and more reports from the public provide information that is useful to our officers demonstrates this.
“Despite this increasing support, I know some people are still reluctant to speak to us. To them I say, reporting your concerns to us won’t ruin lives, but it might save them.”
Data analysed by Counter Terrorism Policing indicates that the public are consistently providing information which is relevant to police.
- Visit the Counter Terrorism website HERE.
- To view the film, click HERE.
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