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UK used as a reference for Counter Terror Response
A summary report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) says the UK is seen as the 'reference nation' when it comes to responding to terror attacks.
HMICFRS said the UK counter terrorism network has capabilities that are 'unmatched internationally' and claims that other countries’ have examined at the UK’s command arrangements.
Between April and September 2016, the inspectorate examined force documents, interviewed CT commanders and staff, and observed a CT commander training course and two national CT exercises.
A military commander told the inspectorate that after speaking to international partners, the UK was seen as the 'reference nation' because of its 'legislation, having a robust and responsive CT network, and the police/military interoperability underwritten by the Military Aid to the Civil Authorities’ guidance'.
The full report could not be published due to national security reasons, but a redacted version provides a positive insight.
While cuts to officer numbers continue to hamper many forces, HMICFRS claims there is enough CT commanders to meet the requirements of “simultaneous terrorist attacks”.