Police step up patrols amid Hamas-Israel conflict - The Solihull Observer

Police step up patrols amid Hamas-Israel conflict

Solihull Editorial 11th Oct, 2023   0

WEST Midlands Police has stepped up protection of communities amid the Hamas-Israel conflict.

Extra officers have been deployed to key locations to reassure those who live, work, or study nearby.

The force says it has done this to provide a visible presence and reassurance to communities and to ensure an efficient response to any incidents which are reported.

It added the conflict has a far-reaching impact on communities around the world, and it extends its full support to those affected in the West Midlands.

The police says it is working with partners and are listening to local concerns and continuously assessing the impact on communities to ensure those who live and work within them feel safe.

Assistant Chief Constable Claire Bell said: “We know this is a worrying time for some of our communities and our thoughts are with those who are affected.

“We are doing everything we can to keep people safe and ensure they feel reassured by our presence.

“Our local policing teams are monitoring the situation in communities across the region and additional officers are already patrolling key locations to prevent crime and respond to incidents.

“Anyone who has concerns or who experiences threatening behaviour or is worried about their safety can approach our officers directly or get in touch with us via our normal reporting channels.”

The police said it is aware the ongoing conflict may lead to further protests over the coming days and it will ensure that an appropriate policing plan is in place in order to balance the right to protest against any disruption to communities.

It added any behaviour that crosses the line into criminality will not be tolerated and equally it will take the strongest action against perpetrators of hate crime.

To report a crime call police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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