What happens when the public and the police work together?
The cooperation between the public and police is a powerful defence.
Consequently, in recent years, attacks have been prevented and lives have been saved. Communities defeat terrorism. That’s why the government has launched ACT, a campaign encouraging communities to share any information that may help prevent an attack.
When attacks have occurred in the past, people have said they suspected something was wrong, but worried they may waste police time by coming forward. Or that they might get someone into trouble. The ACT campaign wants to reassure the public that no call or click will be ignored. And that we will only take action after appropriate checks have been carried out. Anonymity will be assured and what we are told will always be secure.
Anyone who sees something unusual or suspicious should go with their instincts and act. If they think someone is vulnerable to being radicalised, act. Even if they’re unsure what to do in an emergency, act.
For more information about counter terrorism and how to stay safe visit the NPCC website.
If you run a business or an organisation and want to get specialist protective security advice visit www.gov.uk/nactso where you can also find out how to contact your local Counter Terrorism Security Advisor.
Remember in an emergency, if you need urgent police assistance you should always dial 999.