Message from Chief Superintendent Richard Wood (Borough Commander):
I am sure you will all be aware of recent terrible events in Paris, and perhaps wondering about its possible consequences in Lambeth, London and the UK in general.
The threat level in this country is currently rated at ‘severe’, meaning an attack is highly likely. That was the case before the attacks in Paris and so is the situation for which we have been preparing for some time.
Earlier this year, the MPS conducted training exercises across London, including in Lambeth, for the type of scenario which tragically occurred in Paris. It is very much on our radar as something we fear may happen, but which we are working constantly to prevent.
In the wake of the attacks, policing strength at ports and on the streets has been increased. You may notice some changes, including an increase in personnel, at events in big cities across the country over the next few weeks.
I would stress that the police depend heavily on information from our communities. We have had more reports than ever over the last year, and I hope that trend will continue. It is vigilance from communities which often gives us the first hint that something might be awry, and so prompt us to investigate further.
However, as much as I would urge you all to remain vigilant, I would also encourage you to never let terrorism defeat us. As Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, the national lead for terrorism, said on Saturday: ‘be alert, not alarmed’.
We are doing all we can to prevent an incident like this happening in London. Police officers in uniform will be conducting high-visibility patrols around sites of note in the borough. Covert officers will also be deployed, but will always carry their warrant cards and be willing to show this to you if required.
Please continue to alert us to any suspicious behaviour or activity, either by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency, or by dialling the dedicated Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.
Please do contact me or my staff office if you have any questions or wish to discuss any further aspect of this incident with me.
Chief Superintendent Richard Wood
Borough Commander – Lambeth “LX”