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The public must help “join the dots” to prevent terrorist attacks, says the UK’s top counter-terrorism policeman
by Verity Ryan - The Telegraph
Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism policeman has called on “every strand of our society” to unite in defeating the threat of extremism.
Mark Rowley, Assistant Commissioner and Head of National Counter Terrorism Policing for the Metropolitan Police, said universities, retailers, councils, hospitals and the public at large could all help “join the dots” to prevent future terrorist attacks.
Invoking the words of Sir Robert Peel, the founder of British policing, he said: “the police are the public, and the public are the police.”
Since March, 36 people have been killed and more than 200 injured in four separate terrorist attacks on British soil. A further six attacks were foiled by the police over the same period.
Speaking in Israel at the 17th Annual Conference of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, Mr Rowley appealed to society at large to “come on board and be part of our collective efforts to protect the public and our national security...
“This means every strand of our society – not just those charged with national security responsibilities – coming together to have a more effective counter-terrorism machine.”