May 23, 2017
We would like to pass on the following message from Peter Ayling, Chief Superintendent, Westminster Borough Commander of the Metropolitan Police:
“You will have seen the UK security threat level has been raised from severe to critical. This means an attack may be imminent.
“Understandably this raises concern and people want to know what it means for Westminster and how they should act. I have made extensive enquiries and have been told there is no specific intelligence to suggest an attack on Westminster is planned, or likely.
“Plans are being put together to further bolster numbers of officers and armed officers in particular for upcoming events, iconic sites and crowded spaces. Operation Temperer has been enacted which will result in military personnel relieving armed officers at protected venues. This will release more armed police resources for visible patrol.
“It is important we take sensible precautions, remain vigilant and rehearse plans for response to potential attacks. Thank you for the support you have given so far, we must be measured and alert but not alarmed.”
The Security Service on what threat levels mean:
Threat levels in themselves do not require specific responses from the public. They are a tool for security practitioners working across different sectors of the Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) and the police to use in determining what protective security response may be required.
Vigilance is vital regardless of the current national threat level. It is especially important given the current national threat. Sharing national threat levels with the general public keeps everyone informed. It explains the context for the various security measures (for example airport security or bag searches) which we may encounter in our daily lives.
If you have information about possible terrorist activity, call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline: 0800 789 321.
The Anti-Terrorist Hotline is for tip-offs and confidential information. For warnings about possible bombs or other urgent threats please call 999.
Official Advice To Businesses
The Police are flexing their resources to increase police presence at key sites (such as transport and other crowded places) and are reviewing key events over the coming weeks. Businesses can also support the Policing effort:
We need businesses to continue to support this effort by ensuring your own staff and buildings are prepared to deal with an attack.
We continue to offer support through Project Griffin and Project Argus.
Where you have them, we encourage your security staff to be vigilant and proactive in monitoring your business areas for suspicious activity.
Where businesses are co-located, we recommend that you work together to ensure your shared areas are protected.
Try and minimise crowds at your business and make sure you are aware of who is coming in and out of your premises.
Keep buildings secure where appropriate.
Pay attention to areas around exits, especially when large numbers of staff and customers are due to leave
You should also review your building and business continuity plans in the light of this attack.
Radio Users should continue to do so however if you are concerned about an incident unfolding, please call 999. If you suspect something retrospectively, report it to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline: 0800 789 321.
We will update our members of any further updates as and when we receive more information.