The Chair of the Police Federation - Military Deployment is a step change in UK Policing - commented – “As always, the response of emergency workers in the face of adversity has been second to none. The welcome support of the military to free up armed officers and offer public reassurance will no doubt be managed in the same professional, resolute way. But, as welcome as this is, we cannot avoid the reasons it is needed at all. There is no ignoring the fact that we, the police, simply do not have the resources to manage an event like this on our own.”
The Police Federation are emphatic that “visible neighbourhood policing” is the basis for helping identify and tackle crime, including terrorism. It is reasonable to think that if Police contact with the public reduces then a valuable source of information also reduces.
The former system of "Control Orders" was replaced by Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIM) by legislation enacted in 2011.
Code H - made under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) - applies in connection with detention, treatment and questioning by police officers under the Terrorism Act 2000.
- Protect – Protecting key infrastructure. This involves making vulnerable locations more resilient to a terrorist attack by target hardening.
- Prepare – Where a terrorist attack cannot be stopped to mitigate its impact.
- Pursue – Detecting and disrupting terrorists.
- Prevent – To stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism/violent extremism.
- Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism – This involves undermining the violent extremist narrative that terrorists support.
- Prevent people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism – This means tackling the underlying causes which may make someone more susceptible to radicalisation.
- Work with institutions where there are risks of radicalisation – Key areas include education, health, faith, criminal justice and charities.
A vigil held in Albert Square, Manchester on the evening of 23rd May.
Flowers placed in St Annes Square, Manchester