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Reimagining the Police Service

Our Security & Resilience Network recently organised two events focusing how the police are responding to the threats of today and tomorrow.

First we hosted an event on the lessons of the attacks in Paris. The recent terrorist attacks in the French capital have marked a significant change in the attack profile of IS in Europe.

By targeting sites such as restaurants and theatres, with the aim of causing mass casualties, it has become appropriate that businesses should draw the right and immediate lessons in order to prevent or mitigate such attacks elsewhere.

One of the speakers was Met Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Commander Richard Walton, who leads our counter-terrorism effort.

He told delegates that there had been a 64% increase in counter-terrorism related arrests in the last three years compared with the previous three years, and that there were 122 people currently awaiting trial for counter-terrorism offences.

Also speaking was Superintendent David Roney, Office of the National Co-ordinator PROTECT & PREPARE, National Counter Terrorism Policing HQ, who said that London has a number of established programmes to assist business with their counter-measures.

The audience also heard from a leading businessman from Paris, Nicolas Le Saux, chair designate of the ASIS European Advisory Council, who gave an insightful review of the way that Parisians are dealing with the recent attacks on their city.

The second event, ‘Reimagining the Police Service’, looked at how the police in the UK can deal with future challenges.

Even though the Chancellor’s recent Spending Review had saved the police from the worst of the cuts, there was no doubt that constabulary budgets will continue to be squeezed.

A panel of five expert speakers, included Charles Clarke, a former Home Secretary, and Craig Mackey QPM, Deputy Commissioner at the Met. Each gave his view of what it is likely to mean for leadership, privatisation, outsourcing, organisation and accountability.

One observation was that as policing gets smaller and less visible, especially at the neighbourhood level, there is the danger of a loss of police legitimacy.

Yet, legitimacy of the police is the most important factor motivating people to co-operate with the police and not to break the law.

To receive invitations to future Security and Resilience Network events, contact: Robert Hall, rhall@londonfirst.co.uk

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