Countering Terrorism

What we said

  • Work in partnership with our community, national and international partners to protect the City of London from terrorism.
  • Engage with City Businesses, schools, other institutions and stakeholders, to identify any venues or individuals who may be engaged in extremist rhetoric.
  • Engage with groups and individuals to prevent them from turning to terrorism and extremism.
  • Support Corporation of London lead in educating staff from partner agencies and the voluntary sector with regard to preventing terrorism.
  • Work with City businesses to improve awareness and response capabilities in organisations across the City.
  • Provide up-to-date protective security advice and guidance to residents and businesses.
  • Develop new and improve existing tactics to counter the threat from terrorism.
  • Use intelligence and analysis to target the deployment of resources to deter, detect and disrupt terrorism.
  • Deploy and advertise the outcomes of our use of specialist ‘behaviour detection officers’ (Project SERVATOR).
  • Make full use of existing and emerging technology (CCTV and automatic number plate recognition) to complement our service delivery.

What we did

  • Completed over 500 briefings, training exercises and table-top exercises over the course of the year, to ensure residents and businesses remain informed, and in the case of first responders and the wider police family, have the skills to respond appropriately to identifying suspicious behaviour and responding to an incident, should it occur.
  • Worked closely with our partners in the MPS, the City of London Corporation and national security agencies, regionally and nationally, to protect the City of London from the threat of terrorism. This included the exchange of intelligence and analysis to inform our approach to tackling terrorism. Our work with partners has included initiatives aimed at deterring individuals turning to terrorism and to support families affected by extremism and radicalisation.
  • Continued to develop our tactics and use of specialist behavioural officers (Project SERVATOR) and developing the national rollout to forces across the country.
  • Investigated over 120 reports of suspicious activity related to terrorism.
  • Increased awareness of suspicious activity through bespoke training sessions within the ‘ACT’ campaign and ‘SCaN’ suite of products.
  • Improved communications with business community has led to increased engagement and an increase in the reach and delivery of CT products and services to a wider audience.

Outcome

  • Our resources are being effectively used to counter the threat from terrorism and the City of London remains a safe and secure location to live, do business and visit.
  • The majority of residents, workers and visitors feel safe in the City of London. Our community survey, which was undertaken online and via street interview, recorded 90% of respondents feeling safe in the City during the day and 65% feeling safe after dark, from online respondents. While 96% of interview respondents felt safe within the City during the day, with 84% feeling safe after dark as well.
  • HMICFRS consider the force’s response to the threat from terrorism (and associated protective services) to be appropriate.
  • 2748 people received ACT (Action Counters Terrorism) training within year.
  • Enhanced collaboration with the Corporation of London public realm teams have led to the implementation of a number of security and safety projects across the City of London.
  • Project Servator outcomes over 600 deployments.
    • Over 9000 Engagement messages given to the public.
    • 123 Stop & Searches undertaken.
    • 89 Positives from Stop & Search activity.
    • 95 Arrests made.