Armed Police Patrols Stepped Up in Kent
Kent police say people across the county are likely to see a more visible police presence, including firearms and taser patrols.
Patrols will be increased at key locations including Canterbury city centre and the Cathedral, the Port of Dover and Bluewater shopping centre.
Police say there is no specific information to suggest a direct threat to the county, but the decision has been taken as a result of recent international incidents and in light of national threat levels.
Deputy Chief Constable of Kent Police Paul Brandon said: ‘We continue to regularly review the threat levels in the county in consultation with the Home Office to ensure we provide the most appropriate protection for the people of Kent.
"While we are not expecting a direct threat to the county, we do want to make sure that should circumstances change quickly, we are adequately prepared.
We want the public to know what we’re doing to protect them and not to panic if they see officers with firearms or tasers on patrol.
"An increase in firearms and taser patrols at key locations around the county will help us to continue to provide a first class service to the people of Kent.’
Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott said: ‘I have supported the existing plan to use money raised by the council tax precept this year to increase the force’s firearms capability and I hope these visible patrols
will provide additional reassurance to the public.
‘In the event of any serious incident, it is important that Kent Police has the resources it needs - including firearms officers - to provide a suitable response. The security of the people of Kent is my priority.’