BEXLEY police officers are taking part in a major operation in London to increase awareness of security and counter terrorism policing in London today.

The initiative - known as Operation Penna - is the second operation of its kind run by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

The first was held in December 2012 and involves co-ordinated activity focussed on reminding the public, as well as police officers and staff, of the vital role they can play in protecting London from terrorism.

Activity will be taking place across all 32 boroughs between 13 - 24 January 2014 with tactics including high visibility patrols around crowded places such as shopping centres and transport hubs, and briefings to businesses explaining the ongoing threat from terrorism and what they can do to protect themselves from it.

The operation is being co-ordinated by the Counter Terrorism Protective Security Command (SO20) in partnership with local policing colleagues across the MPS.

Commander Richard Morris, from Specialist Operations, said: “Everyone has a role to play in keeping London safe from terrorism. This operation sees specialist officers working closely with neighbourhood officers and communities raising awareness of security in London.

“We want to build on our engagement with communities and businesses in a variety of ways to counter the threat from terrorism. Our aim is to raise awareness and improve protection from a terrorist attack and other crimes.

“The threat to London from terrorism remains real and serious so we encourage the public to remain vigilant and alert and to report anything suspicious to police.”

Anyone who has any information about unusual activity or behaviour should contact the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

In the event of an emergency always dial 999.