Cambridgeshire police to increase armed patrols this week
PUBLISHED: 10:20 11 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:22 11 December 2017
No specific intelligence or threat reported but more armed patrols destined for county
Armed officers will be carrying out more visible and proactive patrols at key sites across Cambridgeshire from this week.
The move is not based on any specific intelligence or threats but designed to help keep the public safe.
Footfall into town centres is expected to increase over the December period, and shoppers and party-goers are being urged to stay alert and report any suspicious activity while they are out and about.
Detective Superintendent Glen Channer, from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit and Counter Terrorism Policing, said: “We know that the Christmas period is a busy time, with many more people than usual visiting town centres, enjoying the night-time economy, and attending events such as Christmas markets.
“We want everyone to have a safe festive period and that’s why we’re urging people stay alert and make it harder for terrorists to carry out or plan an attack.”
Chief Inspector Julia Hands, of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Armed Policing Unit, said: “The safety of the public is our number one priority which is why we’ve decided to increase the visibility of our armed officers. From this week onwards our armed officers will be more visible at key sites across the three counties, carrying out proactive patrols and talking to the public.
“I’d like to reassure the public that this move is not being taken because of any intelligence about any current threats, and if anyone does have any concerns please do speak to one of our officers while they’re out and about.”