POLICE SCOTLAND – MESSAGE TO COMMUNITY CONTACTS – 15 March 2019
Police Scotland stands with our colleagues and communities in Christchurch, New Zealand following the terrorist attacks on Friday 15 March 2019. Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected.
Due to the nature of the attacks in New Zealand and the ongoing extensive media coverage, certain communities, particularly our Muslim communities may understandably feel more vulnerable at this time. Police Scotland will continue to provide appropriate support and guidance around issues such as personal safety and the security of premises, as required.
Today Police Scotland will be stepping up re-assurance patrols around mosques and increasing engagement with communities of all faiths.
We understand that the attacks coincided with Friday prayers and as such members of Muslim communities may be experiencing increased concerns with regards to their personal safety, when attending Mosques over the coming days.
It should be stressed that there is no specific information to suggest an increased risk to Scotland and we ask the public to go about their business as normal, remaining alert but not alarmed. We also ask all relevant groups and organisations to reassure individuals and communities appropriately, should any concerns be raised to them. Police Scotland will, through our community contacts and policing channels, provide updates.
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: http://www.scotland.police.uk and click on the ‘Report Hate Crime’ link.
We here at Fife Centre for Equalities would also like to make a statement about the horrific events that took place in New Zealand:
We are saddened by this tragedy and we want to extend our deepest sympathies to the people who have lost their loved ones. If anyone has concerns regarding this incident, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.