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3000 tip offs about suspected terrorist activity
CTB News: 08/05/2017 - 12:48
The National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) has confirmed that over 3000 people have gotten in contact with information about possible terrorist activity since the Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) campaign was launched in March.
The NPCC maintained that most of the concerns raised by the public as a result of the Action Counters Terrorism, or ACT, initiative turned out to be nothing to cause any alarm. However, a crucial number contained important pieces of information that resulted in further action from police - information that might otherwise have been missed.
The body added that a significant number of the calls were made following the Westminster attack.
Lucy D'Orsi, the National Police Chiefs' Council lead for Protective Security, revealed the figures to an audience attending the annual CT Expo at London Olympia. She also told delegates the police aimed to increase its use of the National Barrier Asset - temporary protective structures - during short term sumner events that attract large crowds.
D'Orsi said: ”The increased response from the general public and from professionals whose job it is to keep people safe within crowded places, has been really heartening," she says.
"But, as we have seen very recently here in London, we can not afford to stand still. We need to exploit every possible way of keeping people safe - and do all we can to keep everyone vigilant.
"We are working very closely with security managers in busy shopping centres, transport hubs and entertainment venues. The fact that record numbers are attending this event shows the desire to do more.
"Whether it is in business communities or local communities, we need to encourage everyone to keep contributing because, sadly, terrorism is a growing and increasingly complex threat."