Officers have been advised to vary their routes to work, alter the locations in which they park and wear ordinary clothes on their commute.
The reminder has come following the attacks in Brussels this week. A video posted on the Police Federation of England and Wales's website lists a number of ways in which police officers can protect themselves.
The Police Federation of England and Wales, states: “There are some simple steps that you can take to ensure your safety. Quite simply, vary your route to work, make sure you don’t wear half blues, conceal your identity badges.
“Don’t be predictable, vary your route, where you park. Think who’s watching, who’s listening. Make sure you book on duty, make sure you book off duty. Make sure people know where you are at all times.”
The PFEW also said police officers should let their federations or line managers know if officers have any concerns about their personal protective equipment, or level of safety training.
The video accompanies a poster campaign that lists safety advice for officers in police stations. The posters warn: “Wear protective equipment. Think tactical awareness. Do people know where you are? Think of your security when at home too.”
The PFEW added: “Officer safety is at the heart of our concerns. It’s why we’re working really hard to ensure you are kept as safe as possible both on and off duty.”
In October 2014 the terrorist threat was raised and Mark Rowley, the national lead for counter-terrorism at the Association of Chief Police Officers, said: “The threat level to police officers and staff has been heightened, but we are used to confronting risk and danger; this is what we do on a daily basis, and we are well trained.”
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