More than 11,000 people were briefed about the importance of security and counter-terrorism policing in London during a two-week major Metropolitan Police Service initiative.
The initiative – known as Operation Penna – is the second of its kind run by the Metropolitan Police Service. It involved co-ordinated activity focused on reminding members of the public of the vital role they can play in helping to protect the capital.
Activity took place across all 32 London Boroughs between 16 and 24 January 2014. Officers held 537 external briefings involving a total audience of 11,390 people, providing information explaining the ongoing threat from terrorism and what can be done to protect the capital against it.
Key role in counter-terrorism policing
Briefings were also held for officers and staff on every Borough to highlight the key part they play in counter-terrorism policing by providing a link between national expertise and mainstream neighbourhood policing.
During the course of the operation, no less than 4,300 officers and staff were briefed at 335 separate events.
Operational activity included high visibility patrols around crowded places such as shopping centres and transport hubs, which in turn resulted in other criminality being detected and disrupted.
Across London there were 181 arrests for offences including theft, burglary and drugs supply and 32 vehicles seized by police officers.
Officers also distributed 45,700 leaflets to the public as part of the operation.
Briefing businesses and the public
Commander Richard Morris from the Met’s Specialist Operations Division said: “A key element of this operation is briefing businesses and members of the public to raise awareness of how they can help keep London safe. I’m extremely pleased that we have managed to brief more than 11,000 individuals on such an important subject. Such work will continue.”
Morris added: “The operation also shows how proactive policing focused on counter terrorism can also contribute towards combating other criminality.”