Police in London are set to deploy an additional 600 armed officers to patrol the UK capital amid mounting fears of possible terrorist attacks.
Armed officers increased to protect #London against threat of terrorism https://t.co/eoJu1J0x5L pic.twitter.com/hH5MArtD1U
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) August 3, 2016
Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe announced the move on Wednesday….to reassure the public following the recent terror attacks across Europe.
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Press TV reports:
“Anyone who’s been following events in Europe over the past few weeks will understand why we want to show our determination to protect the public,” Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe said in a statement.
“The reality of having to deal with armed and deadly attackers is that you need firearms officers who will use force to stop those attackers in their aim. Our firearms officers are the ones who will run towards the danger,” Hogan-Howe added.
“Our gun controls and the simple fact we are an island mean that terrorists in the UK would struggle to get the firearms required to repeat attacks similar to those we have seen on the Continent,” he noted.
The additional armed officers will patrol London streets both on foot and in vehicles.