Ministry of Defence Police to patrol Kent streets alongside armed officers

Photo Malcolm Kirkaldie

Ministry of Defence Police officers will be supporting Kent Police to protect the county  following the attack in Manchester on Monday (May 22).

Kent Police is liaising with the Home Office to regularly assess the national threat levels, which currently stand at ‘critical’, and what that means for the county.

Highly-visible firearms officers are already patrolling key locations in Kent, including Thanet, as part of the  current deployment and as a result of this on-going work, additional police officer patrols have been arranged.

From  today (May 26) this will also include officers from the Ministry of Defence Police who will support their armed Kent colleagues.

MOD police officers will patrol key locations to provide additional protective security and will be under the command and control of Kent Police.

The national threat level remains at ‘critical’ and members of the public are asked to remain alert, but not alarmed.

Anyone who witnesses anything suspicious should report it to the Anti Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321.