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Security and Counter-Terrorism: Operation Penna hailed a success by Metropolitan Police Service

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.

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

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

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.”

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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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