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Here you can see the current threat level to the UK from terrorist attacks and what the Met is doing day-to-day to keep London and the country safe. You’ll also find answers to common questions about our policing tactics and how we investigate terrorism.
How likely is a terrorist attack in the UK?
The threat level to the United Kingdom from international terrorism is currently ‘Severe’. This means that a terrorist 'attack is highly likely'.
The threat to Great Britain from Northern Irish terrorism is ‘Substantial’. This means that a terrorist attack is a strong possibility.
For more information on the current threat level, visit the Home Office website.
What is the Met doing to keep Londoners safe?
Our overriding priority is to keep the public safe by working closely with all of our communities.
We constantly review our operations and contingency planning, liaising with central and local government, emergency services and other agencies.
We also use a wide range of overt and covert policing tactics. Covert tactics, by their nature, are not obvious to the public, but overt tactics include the deployment of high visibility policing at a variety of locations.
These additional measures may be put in place for a number of reasons. For example, it could be as a response to seasonal crime patterns or as a precautionary measure in the light of the current threat from international terrorism.
If you live, work or visit London you’ll continue to see a selection of policing tactics used in the future.
Do police target specific communities when investigating terrorism?
No individual is targeted by police because of their culture, faith, race or religion. Our inquiries are carried out under the provisions of existing UK law, which takes into account the human and legal rights of those involved. Terrorist investigations go where the intelligence and evidence takes us.
We make every effort to ensure that minority communities are not criminalised or victimised in any way. The bedrock of British policing has always been to work with, for, and on behalf of the communities we serve. It would be counter-productive for us to target a specific community since it is not police actions alone that will ultimately defeat terrorism, but the combined actions of all communities.
We need the support and confidence of our communities to improve the two-way flow of information, to arrest and prosecute terrorists and to protect the whole community.
Why do police stop passengers at ports?
Police officers at ports play a key role in countering the current terrorist threat and maintaining national security. They use powers available to them under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and adhere to the Codes of Practice that accompany the legislation. The Code requires that the selection of people stopped reflect an objective assessment of the threat posed by various terrorist groups active in and outside the UK.