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  1. Idea is not being ruled out at present. Following the appointment of Cressida Dick as the new Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police speculation has turned to which issues take priority in her burgeoning in-tray. One which the government has hinted previously could be removed from the force is national responsibility for coordinating counter-terrorism. The Home Affairs Select Committee has previously called for this change to happen, and although the government said in 2015 it would not imminently change anything, the Home Office is currently not ruling out such a change. Terrorism analyst Dr Dave Sloggett was formerly opposed to the idea of transferring responsibility, but he now thinks there is a “good case” for it. He said: “I was against the idea some time ago when the National Crime Agency was struggling. Since that time it has improved. “When you consider the overlap which exists between terrorism and organised crime, you can see an emerging argument for the idea and that it should be given to ‘Britain’s FBI’. “While Cressida Dick has expertise on terrorism, she actually has a very good understanding of the many challenges the Met faces other than terrorism, which is a national issue dealt with across the entire country, and which it could be better for a Commissioner to do without.” But retired head of the National Counter Terrorism and Security Office Chris Phillips disagrees. He told PoliceOracle.com: “We’ve got an arrangement under which things have worked for many years as they are, I can understand why they might want to change it, it’s a cross-border role, but the system we’ve got is tried and tested, we’ve had it in place for many years and we’ve not had a major terrorist attack for years.” Former Thames Valley deputy chief constable Brian Langston said community relationships must be preserved, whatever the model. He said: “Whilst shifting the responsibility for counter-terrorism to the National Crime Agency is worthy of serious consideration, it must be remembered that the seeds of terrorism often lie within disaffected communities. “Misguided and vulnerable young people are often targeted for radicalisation and groomed to carry out acts of violent extremism. “There would need to remain a strong bond between any national agency charged with this responsibility, and local neighbourhood teams to ensure that community intelligence is not lost. Terrorism is both a local and global issue." When asked if changing the national responsibility for counter-terrorism to the National Crime Agency was on the agenda, a Home Office spokesman simply replied: “This government is committed to do doing everything we can to keep our families, communities and country safe, so will always look to ensure that collaboration between police and the agencies working on counter-terrorism and organised crime is as effective as possible." Last week the NCA announced five new appointments to its leadership team including the hiring of Essex Deputy Chief Constable Matthew Horne as a deputy director and Merseyside Assistant Chief Nikki Holland as director of investigations. Current deputy David Armond has announced his retirement from the organisation. Read on Police Oracle
  2. GMP is to get a huge increase in the number of armed officers to deal with twin threats of terrorism and gun-toting crime gangs across Manchester , Salford and Greater Manchester. GMP to boost number of armed officers to tackle gun crime and terrorist threats - Manchester Evening News http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/gmp-boost-number-armed-officers-12164627
  3. Kent Police to patrol with guns at Canterbury Cathedral and other locations 19 September 2016 Kent Image captionCanterbury Cathedral is one of the places armed police will protect Police armed with guns are to patrol routinely in Kent, in locations including Canterbury Cathedral, Dover port and the Bluewater shopping centre. The move comes following recent terrorist attacks in Europe, but is not in response to specific intelligence. The armed presence is intended as a deterrent and to allow an immediate response in an emergency, police said. The Kent force's approach has been criticised as being likely to worry people rather than reassure them. The move comes amid high national threat levels and Deputy Chief Constable Paul Brandon said it would enable police to react quickly if necessary. 'Get used to it' "Tragically, what we have seen in France and other areas that it's in the first hour that there is large numbers of casualties," he said. But Frank Furedi, professor of sociology at the University of Kent, said there were better ways to police the county. "I have been to Belgium recently where there are armed police everywhere, but when you talk to Belgians they are far more scared than previously. "I would rather Kent Police had a more low-key approach. The real deterrent is always behind-the-scenes, intelligence-led policing." Image captionArmed officers will be carrying Tasers as well as firearms Mr Brandon, who has described the terror threat facing the county as "unprecedented", said officers were currently being redeployed from other tasks and the number of firearms officers would be increased over the next 12 to 18 months. "There are officers at this moment going through a very stringent selection process," he said. The British police on routine armed patrol Kent Police has not said how many armed officers it will deploy but the government announced in April there would be an extra 1,500 across England and Wales and the Metropolitan Police has said the number of armed officers will go up in London by 600 to 2,800. Kent Police Federation said the deployment was an unprecedented increase for the county. But its chairman Ian Pointon said the public were used to seeing armed officers at airports and London railway stations and would get used to this. Kent Police to patrol with guns at Canterbury Cathedral and other locations - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-37404915 Image captionThe number of armed officers has yet to be confirmed
  4. Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism police officer has warned that “dramatic cuts” of more than 10% to local policing budgets will undermine part of the drive to tackle the terrorist threat. Mark Rowley, the Metropolitan police’s assistant commissioner in charge of operations, has told MPs on the eve of the chancellor’s spending review that trailed increases in the security and intelligence services budgets to tackle terrorism must be proportionately matched by increased resources for local policing. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/nov/24/policing-cuts-beyond-10-will-undermine-counter-terror-efforts?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Add_to_Firefox