Dr Alan Billings
The General Election started off as the Brexit election. It ended, in part, as the security election as a result of two terrorist attacks in Manchester and London within a couple of weeks of one another. Suddenly there was a focus on policing, keeping people safe and how much we spend on security and the police.
One consequence of the terrorist outrages was the raising of the threat level to critical and the appearance on our streets of large numbers of uniformed officers, many in high visibility jackets and some carrying firearms.
It's always a careful judgement that Chief Constables have to make about deploying armed officers. Will they reassure people? Or will they cause fear and alarm?
As far as I could judge, the majority view was that it was re-assuring. Far from being frightened, many took advantage of seeing so many police. They went up to them and thanked them for what they do. A lot of photographs were taken!
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