Police heading to Horsham to promote Counter-Terrorism Awareness Week

Sussex Police will be heading to Horsham town centre for two days as they aim to promote national Counter-Terrorism Awareness Week.

Thursday, 27th November 2014, 2:16 pm

Officers will be visiting Swan Walk Shopping Centre on Friday (November 28) and Saturday (November 29) where they will be meeting members of the public and talking to them about reporting suspicious activity and what they can do to keep the area safe from terrorist threats.

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: “This is an important exercise given the current climate that we are living in. Sussex residents need to feel confident and reassured that their police force is committed to keeping them safe from national as well as local threats.”

The campaign will be stretching across 20 shopping centres and railway stations throughout the county with more than 100 officers involved in spreading the message and meeting the public.

Assistant chief constable Steve Barry said; “The key message is that local communities play a vital role in preventing and identifying terrorism and by working together we can make people safer. We will be encouraging the public to call the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 if they have seen or heard anything that could be terrorist-related.

“We are using the opportunity of this awareness week to hold these events as part of our continuing series of ‘All Out Days’ in which colleagues who usually work in essential but less visible areas of our work can support frontline colleagues giving the added benefit of enhanced visibility out on the streets of Sussex.

“We look forward to engaging proactively with the public at these crowded locations to promote the reporting of suspicious activity, to encourage dialogue on terrorism issues and reinforce reporting mechanisms and to encourage the public to be vigilant and alert but not alarmed.”