Northumbria Police increase number of firearms officers to respond to terror attacks

Northumbria Police is reinforcing its commitment to be able to respond to a major terrorist incident.
Northumbria Police is reinforcing its commitment to be able to respond to a major terrorist incident.

Northumbria Police has increased the numbers of highly trained firearms officers who patrol across the region as the force ensures it is prepared for a terror attack.

The force has announced that it is reinforcing its commitment to be able to respond to a major terrorist incident and over the past few months it has taken part in a number of exercises - along with partner agencies - to test its capability.

A statement from Northumbria Police said: "Extensive work has already been carried out by Northumbria Police, which includes a significant increase in the numbers of highly trained firearms officers who patrol across the force area from Sunderland and South Tyneside, Newcastle and Gateshead and North Tyneside and Northumberland.

"The force will continue to work with its partners to build and strengthen its ability even further."