Message from Shaheen Baber, Chief Inspector
POLICE SCOTLAND – MESSAGE TO COMMUNITIES – 16TH SEPTEMBER 2017
Police Scotland stands with our colleagues and communities in London following the incident on Friday 15th September 2017. Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected and we will continue to provide assistance to the Metropolitan Police Service as required.
Following the incident, the UK threat level has been raised to critical (an attack is expected imminently). There is no specific information however to suggest an increase risk to Scotland and we ask the public to go about their business as normal, remaining alert but not alarmed.
In response to the raised threat level, Police Scotland has increased operations to protect the people of Scotland, businesses and public places. This includes increasing the number of armed officers on patrol, across the country.
Communities should not be alarmed by the presence of these armed officers as the measures are being taken to allow the public to go about their daily lives as normal.
Police Scotland will be reviewing all significant events taking place over the next few days and may increase the security footprint if deemed appropriate. Communities should be assured that Police Scotland, along with its partners, has well-rehearsed plans to respond to any major incident.
Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins said: “Terrorists want to create discord, distrust and fear. The police stand together with all communities in the UK and we will take action against any criminal behaviour, which seeks to undermine society, especially where crimes are motivated by hate. Communities defeat terrorism, which is why we must maintain the strong relationship we have between the public and the police.”
Whilst such events are clearly upsetting, we 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 individuals or groups and we continue to work with all of our partners to resolve issues and address concerns.
Should anyone become a victim of, or witness to, any hate crime, they should contact the police and report the incident. Visit the Police Scotland internet site for more information: www.scotland.police.uk and click on the ‘Report Hate Crime’ link.
KEEP SAFE ADVICE
While there is no specific information to suggest an increase risk to Scotland, we will take this opportunity to remind you of the following safety advice:
- Remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police by telephoning 101, or in an emergency always dial 999. The confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline can also be contacted by telephoning 0800 789321.
- Look out for and report any suspicious activity. Suspicious activity is anything that seems out of place, unusual or just doesn’t seem to fit in with day-to-day life. It may be nothing, but if you see or hear anything that could be terrorist related trust your instincts and call us.
All information passed to the police through the Anti-Terrorist Hotline is treated in the strictest of confidence. It is thoroughly analysed and researched by experienced officers before, and if, any police action is taken.
For further information about keeping safe, visit the Police Scotland internet site: www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe.
(Click here to download the original letter to communities by CI Shaheen Baber).
We here at Fife Centre for Equalities would also like to make a statement about the horrific events that took place in London:
“We are all deeply saddened by the attack that took place in Parsons Green’s, London on Friday 15th September 2017. 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.”