Message from Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson

Following the incident of Monday 19 June 2017 in Finsbury Park, London, I assure you that Police Scotland remains united with all communities. Obviously this comes soon after the attacks in London and Manchester as well as other attacks abroad. Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected.


While we understand that the public will clearly be appalled by these events, I would urge each and every member of our communities to remain united against extremism and hate.


Police Scotland will not tolerate any attempts to target any community by any misguided individual or group and will work with all of our partners to resolve any issues and address concerns. Should anyone become a victim of, or witness to, hate crime, they should contact the police and report the incident.


Please be assured that Police Scotland continues to work with partners at home and abroad to counter the threat from terrorism and ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our communities.


Please be vigilant and if you suspect something is wrong then report it to the police. If you have any concerns or information about suspicious activity please contact the Police on 101, the UK Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or in an emergency dial 999.


Police Scotland continues to dynamically review all safety and security plans and operations. An element of this includes ensuring our armed policing and specialist resources are appropriately deployed.


The UK threat level remains at Severe. We have no specific information that Scotland is at risk of attack and I would ask you to go about your business as normal, remaining alert but not alarmed. The UK Government has produced guidance which can be accessed via the following links: ‘Places of Worship Guidance’ ‘Crowded Places Booklet’. These provide sensible precautionary advice and can be distributed throughout your communities.

Thank you for your continued support in keeping our communities safe.

Nelson Telfer

Assistant Chief Constable

(Click here to down the original letter to communities by ACC Nelson Telfer).

We here at Fife Centre for Equalities would also like to make a statement about the horrific events Finsbury Park, London:


We are all deeply saddened by the attack that took place in Monday 19 June 2017 in Finsbury Park, London. We also want to promote a message of unity across all communities in the wake of these distressing events.  We support Police Scotland by asking you to remain calm and untied against extremism and hate.  If you need to speak to someone, please feel free to contact us at FCE.”