Avon and Somerset Police are supporting the latest Counter Terrorism Policing campaign to help keep crowded places secure over the festive period.
The campaign calls on the public and those who work in busy towns and cities to remain vigilant and report any concerns to staff, security or – in confidence – to Counter Terrorism police at www.gov.uk/ACT.
It also asks everyone to be the extra eyes and ears of the police, so the community can work together to tackle terrorism.
Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Cullen said: “We’re asking everyone out and about enjoying the festive season to look after each other and if they see something which doesn’t look right, to report it.
“Neighbourhood officers will be patrolling our communities throughout the Christmas period, including Christmas Day itself, just as they are on every other day of the year.
“Project Servator deployments will also be carried out across the force area – these are unpredictable deployments involving specially trained officers who turn up announced at various locations to provide the public with reassurance and to disrupt a wide range of criminal activity, including terrorism.”
ACC Cullen added: “The chances of being caught up in a terrorist incident are extremely low. But sadly, as we saw just last week in London, attacks can be carried out anywhere and anytime.
“The national threat level remains Substantial, meaning an attack is likely, so we need to remain vigilant.
“Our message to people across the Avon and Somerset force area is not to worry that you might be wasting our time. If you see something suspicious – ACT.
“Speak to a police officer or report it to local security or staff or via www.gov.uk/ACT and let us check it out.
“A few minutes of your time could help save lives.”
For more information about Project Servator, visit: https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/about/project-servator/.