Statement from Michael, following the attack in London

04 June 2017

“Amidst the horror of London last night, there are three things I would like to share to set some reassuring local context about our communities:

“At 2200 last night I left an immensely engaging, hospitable event, ‘IFTAR Under the Stars’ – led by the Muslim community, including other faiths, community leaders and young people – it was just what vibrant, inclusive community should look like. The horror but minutes later would not be in their name.

“It will always be right for members of the public to report concerns via 999, 101 or the Anti-Terrorist confidential hotline number 0800 789 321.  As the Metropolitan Police Commissioner reinforced in her statement, any concern reported could be a contribution, or even the key, to allowing the security forces to interdict other potential terrorist or criminal acts.

“Thirdly, yesterday was a Hampshire Constabulary Families Day for policing – a reinforcing day for the police, emergency services and their families – demonstrating the truth of their being members of our communities, with the same family priorities and ties, as we all have – but with the particular motivation and commitment at work to keep us safe.

“Yesterday, disappointingly, I was asked by a community leader why safety was put at risk during elections. I was clear to them and want to reassure everyone that Hampshire Constabulary and all the emergency services work to keep us safe at all times and so do I as Police and Crime Commissioner.

“Today, my thoughts, and those I am sure of the communities I serve, will be with all those affected by the events in London last night.”

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