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Counter-terrorism awareness operation launched in London

A major initiative designed to increase awareness of security and counter-terrorism policing in London has been launched today by the Metropolitan Police Service.

The initiative – known as Operation Penna – is the second operation of its kind run by the Met. It involves co-ordinated activity focused on reminding members of the public of the vital role they can play in helping to protect the capital.

Activity will be taking place across all 32 London Boroughs between 13-24 January 2014, with tactics including high visibility patrols around crowded places such as shopping centres and transport hubs.

Officers will be providing detailed, in-depth information and briefings to businesses explaining the ongoing threat from terrorism and what they can do to protect themselves from it.

Operation Penna has been launched at New Scotland Yard

Operation Penna has been launched at New Scotland Yard

Briefings will also be 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.

Everyone has a role to play

Commander Richard Morris from Specialist Operations said: “Everyone has a role to play in keeping London safe from terrorism. This operation sees specialist officers working closely with neighbourhood officers and communities raising awareness of security in London.”

Morris added: “We want to build on our engagement with communities and businesses in a variety of ways to counter the threat from terrorism. Our aim is to raise awareness and improve protection from a terrorist attack and other crimes.”

In conclusion, Morris commented: “The threat to London from terrorism remains real and serious so we encourage the public to remain vigilant and alert and to report anything suspicious to police.”

The operation is being co-ordinated by Specialist Operations in partnership with local officers across the Met.

Anyone who has any information about unusual activity or behaviour should contact the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

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