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Paris Attacks To Help Shape Security Training In The Future

Aug 1, 2010
The UK security level remains at “severe†despite the fact that the gunmen involved in both Paris attacks were killed during sieges following the incident. The PM has also announced that the attacks, or some elements of them, will be considered when drawing up plans for police and security training in the future. The Conservative Party has used the opportunity to say that it would revive its attempts to introduce the so-called Snooper’s Charter, which would give them greater power to be able to monitor online activity and communication to detect security risks that are posed to the country.

A number of matters were discussed, including the use of firearms and the importance of quickly setting up a cordon around a terror incident, in order to be able to more effectively prevent suspects from being able to escape the scene. What’s more, the Prime Minister reiterated the importance of groups including the Police and the Military working together to help facilitate a speedier and more accurate response.

Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command has spent the last six years, since the Mumbai attacks of 2008, looking at the ways in which Britain can prepare for terrorist attacks, and the actions that they can take in a bid to try and improve their response should an attack occur on home soil. PM David Cameron, and heads of security, decided during their meeting that these preparations should continue and that one of the main priorities should be to ensure that a suitable response time is met if a terrorist does open fire in a crowded area.

A Downing Street spokesperson said that the country’s tough stance on firearms, and their use, should remain because this is paramount in helping to ensure the safety of everybody concerned. The spokesperson said that the group have looked at ways in which they can work with other countries to try and help ensure that firearms are not smuggled across the border and into the country.

The Prime Minister has said that the UK is facing the same threat as countries like France, and that there was the very real possibility of a similar scale and type of attack as that which was launched in Paris. He said that the terrorists were warping the Islamist faith, and that the government would be working closely with Islamist groups to help ensure the safety of everybody in the country while the Culture Secretary Sajid David has said that Muslim communities faced a burden of backlash following the attacks.

Last week’s attacks, which were concentrated primarily around the headquarters of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, saw a total of 17 people killed and there have been a number of rallies held to mourn the dead and to show support for the survivors.

The PM used the opportunity to once again bring up the communications data bill, which would enable police and counter terrorism units to view the Internet history and communication history of individuals suspected of terrorist activities. The bill, dubbed the Snooper’s Charter, was blocked and therefore prevented by the Liberal Democrats, but Mr Cameron said that his party would look at the bill again if they achieved an overall majority at the next general election.
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