Last month, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that new major counter-terrorism training will take place in Scotland. Later this year, the training will test the multi-agency response that would come into force in the event of a terror attack in Britain.

Ms May revealed her intentions when visiting Police Scotland, which will act as the lead force during the operation. Here she met a number of officers specialising in counter-terrorism, including those who were involved in the recent Westminster attack.

As part of the government’s National Counter-Terrorism Exercise Programme, the new training will bring together partners from policing and security, the armed forces, UK government departments and the devolved administrations to test responses to a major terrorist attack.

The response from the training will be noted and fed back to these bodies to build-on and resolve any flaws.

Police Scotland works closely with many other forces across the country and, according to the government, has an important role to play in the development of UK-wide policing practices.

During her visit, Ms May emphasised that the government considers national security across the UK a top priority.

She said: “Training operations such as this one play a significant part in making sure police forces and other response agencies are able to fully draw on the latest intelligence and resources from the UK’s security forces to protect against terrorism anywhere on our soil.

“As the second largest force in the country, Police Scotland are a key player in our fight against terrorism. I’m grateful to them for the exceptional work they have been delivering so far to prepare for this very important counter-terrorism exercise.”

By working together, it is hoped that this system of agencies will enable an effective joint response to tackle terrorism and serious and organised crime throughout the UK.

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