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Updated statement on Met's policing of protest

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Updated statement on Met's policing of protest

We remain focused on doing everything possible to ensure Jewish Londoners feel safe in this city.

We know recent events and some of our recent actions have contributed to concerns felt by many.

It’s crucial we listen to those feeling unsafe to go about their daily lives and take immediate action to address their concerns. Their experiences must continue to shape our plans.

Today, Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist has written to Gideon Falter to offer a private meeting to both apologise to him personally and discuss what more the Met can do to ensure Jewish Londoners feel safe.

This evening we will also invite senior representatives from across London’s Jewish communities, officials from the Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime, members of the House of Lords and selected media to an operational planning exercise. This would ordinarily be undertaken in private, but in recognition of the need to engage better and provide reassurance we are inviting community leaders to join us.

Together, we will work through a range of protest scenarios and invite direct community feedback to inform and challenge not just our operational plans, but our communications during and post event too.

On Monday, Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley will also meet with senior representatives from the Jewish community including from the London Jewish Forum and Community Security Trust.

We will do everything we can to constantly develop our approach in response to operational challenges to ensure the trust and confidence of all Londoners. This is complex, but we will continue to seek the support and insight of all voices who can help us deliver the service London deserves.




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