The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe met the French Ambassador this morning, Monday 12 January to discuss co-operation over security and policing in the light of events in France last week and the current assessment of the threat to the UK.
The meeting was arranged before the attack on Charlie Hebdo but provided an opportunity to share information and discuss the policing response to the French attacks. The Commissioner offered his condolences to Sylvie Bermann and will sign the book at the French Embassy.
Speaking afterwards, the Commissioner said:
“I expressed my sympathies to the Ambassador at the loss of life in France. These attacks have brought us close together and we will make sure that we use every opportunity to cooperate to reduce the risk of further incidents.
“It’s absolutely right that the threat level in the UK since last summer has recognised that an attack is highly likely.
“The MPS has worked with the intelligence services to foil several plots in London over the last few months, and I have said repeatedly that the drumbeat of terror has intensified.
“We are working with the government to review events in France to see what lessons may be learned, and whether there is anything additional we can do to reduce the risk of an attack in the UK.”