An ex-Army officer believes Britain needs to display the anti-terrorism hotline more widely
Colonel David Reynolds, who led a campaign to work with locals in war-torn Afghanistan, said the anti-terror hotline number needs to be displayed much more widely.
He said the authorities could learn from Northern Ireland where the hotline was carried prominently on every police vehicle.
He said the community’s eyes and ears are a key component in combating Islamic State terrorist plots.
He said: “This is a time to pull together and there is a wide range of people that are out and about in the community everyday from postmen to bus drivers who see and hear things.
Colonel believes the telephone hotline number should be posted everywhere possible in city centres
We need the telephone hotline number to be posted everywhere in city centres, on police cars and promoted on television.
Colonel David Reynolds
“We need the telephone hotline number to be posted everywhere in city centres, on police cars and promoted on television.
“In Northern Ireland the number was painted on the side of vehicles, which was very effective.
“Often people will provide what they think is nothing but that information could be the vital part of an information jig saw which allows officers to identify a potential threat and make an appropriate response.
“We need to embrace the public and make the campaign inclusive, it is the public that need to help protect their own communities by reporting anything that they see as unusual from seeing or hearing about people with extremists views to hiring vans”.
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“Human intelligence” from the public is seen as a critical part of any plan to combat terrorist activity.
Its aim is to turn fear back onto the extremists by increasing their risk of getting caught.
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In Helmand province in southern Afghanistan where British troops fought a relentless war with the Taliban the Afghan Army was trained by UK forces to collate local information which was then used to counter attacks.
In Northern Ireland the confidential hotline was used with great effect – leaving the IRA constantly in fear of being caught.
* Call 999 or the police anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 to report an immediate threat to life or property. You can also report threats by ringing MI5 on 0800 111 4645.