Cops Warned ‘Don’t Wear Uniform to Work’ amid Fears of a Lee Rigby-Style Killing

David Collins, Mirror, November 16, 2014

British bobbies have been ordered to ditch uniforms when off-duty and be extra careful on social media websites amid fears of a Lee Rigby-style terror plot to murder a cop.

The Security Service (MI5) has informed the police of a specific plan by Islamic fanatics to kill one or more police officers on the streets of the UK.

It is feared jihadists are monitoring officers online in preparation for an attack.

The intelligence prompted police to raise their internal threat level last month from “moderate” to “substantial”.

Senior officers at the Met, which takes the lead on national policing matters, are instructing officers on the ground to keep a low profile outside of work.

The guidance includes advice on what to wear when coming to work and ensuring social media accounts do not reveal personal information.

A police source told the Mirror: “A raised threat level means officers have to be extra vigilant in everything they do.

“It means not travelling to work in full uniform and standing out unnecessarily out of work.

“Officers are also being warned about putting sensitive information about theirpersonal lives on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.”

Thousands of police officers are now having to arrive early for their shift to change into their uniforms in work.

The source said: “Police officers are frustrated at having to turn up early in what’s called ‘half and halfs’, which is usually just wearing the regulation trousers with casual clothes on top.

“It means having to get to the station much earlier to start their shift.

“Many uniformed officers would turn up at the station just before their shift started in full uniform

“Now they have to spend time in the locker room getting ready, which adds time onto their average working day for no extra pay.”

The guidance echoes instructions issued by military commanders following the murder of Drummer Lee-Rigby on the streets of Woolwich.

He was attacked in May last year by two Islamic fanatics wielding cleavers and knives after being spotted walking to his barracks in a Help for Heroes hoodie.

Orders were issued, but later rescinded, that “uniforms should be concealed while in a public place, particularly when travelling alone or from home to unit.”

The new rules will apply to more than 200,000 officers across the country.

Listening station GCHQ has picked up terrorist “chatter” on the subject of targeting a British police officer–seen as a symbol of the establishment.

MI5 is now examining intelligence that scores of personal social media profiles of police officers are being monitored by jihadists in order to glean information about their personal lives.

A series of arrests were made in October on a group of UK-based IS jihadists who were monitoring the Instagram accounts of four police officers.

Officers are currently given guidance on the responsible use of social networking sites.

ACPO released document last year called “Guidelines on the Safe use of the Internet and Social Media by Police Officers and Police Staff” which warns against revealing personal information.

Section 8 of the report relates is headlined Keeping Your Private Life Private, advising officers that “criminals and others may seek to use the Internet and social media to identify personal information about police officers”.

It also says that police officers “in rural locations, in sensitive posts, with uncommon names, or in high profile posts are particularly vulnerable to such attempts”.

Officers are also advised not to use Location Based Services (LBS), which allow social media users to “check in” to a particular location, giving away where they are.

Despite the warnings, hundreds of officers across the country have not applied basic privacy settings to their social network accounts leaving themselves vulnerable.

Security expert Neil Doyle said: “It makes perfect sense that terrorists would be using social media to scout for targets.

“Other criminals such as burglars are known to monitor online chatter to see who in a particular area might be out for the evening or has gone on holiday.

“They can then break into those houses knowing that the risk of them being discovered by the occupants is minimal.

“The use of social media is almost ubiquitous and police forces have embraced the trend in order to appear to be more transparent, with the use of Twitter accounts being a case in point.

“It is not unusual to see officers giving a real-time commentary on their activities during the day in order to give the public an insight into how they work.

“Police officers, however, were warned last month that there was a heightened risk to their personal safety because of terrorist activity.

“The risk is that officers and PCSOs giving away precise details of their movements and routines may leave them open to being abducted by fanatics.”

Preachers of hate have recently been using social media to try and fan the flames of ill-feeling towards police, particularly officers from ethnic backgrounds.

A propaganda booklet circulated by Anjem Choudary last week claimed that it is forbidden in Islam for Muslims to join the police or the armed services.

David Cameron spoke out last week about firms such as Facebook, Google and Twitter having a “social responsibility” to take down extremist material.

In a speech to the Australian parliament in Canberra, Mr Cameron said the West faced a “new and pressing challenge” in filtering out extremist propaganda designed to radicalise impressionable youngsters.

National Policing Lead for Counter-Terrorism, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, has previously said how a warning had been issued “informing our officers and staff of the heightened risk and reminding them to remain vigilant and alert to any possible dangers”.

He added: “All police forces constantly review their security and safety procedures and this will, of course, continue.

“You will see no major changes in the way we continue to police the UK and engage with our communities–our emphasis is on vigilance.”

An ACPO spokesman said: “We are constantly reviewing our security and safety procedures to ensure that police officers and staff have appropriate and up-to-date guidance on how to keep themselves safe from harm.

“We are asking them to follow existing policies and good practice. Our emphasis is on vigilance and remaining alert to any possible dangers, on and off duty, which includes personal use of social media.”

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  • DaveMed

    Alternatively, they could simply don beanies with white flags attached.

    Once you’re sending that message, it might as well be expressed boldly.

    • Oil Can Harry

      This doesn’t just happen in the UK: many cops in Missouri don’t wear their uniforms when off-duty because of the ongoing Fegruson chimpout.

  • superlloyd

    Round up these islamic insurgents and either intern them prior to deportation or deport them straightaway.

    • archer

      Right, but that won’t stop Britain from importing many more jidhadi’s, the whole thing has become bizarre.

  • Roninf9

    The Ruling Elites in (formerly) Great Britain have been for years importing tens of millions of 3rd Worlders, providing them a living, and using the courts and police to protect them from the native Britons. This has been done for the express purpose of dispossessing the native Britons in their own country and to create the kind of social strife and insecurity that allows the government to take away more liberty and more money.

  • MekongDelta69

    I don’t know whose inhabitants are more pathetic. Self-loathing, guilt-ridden, spineless White leftists here (USA), G.B., Canada, Oz, N.Z. or in (pick any) White Western Civilized country.

  • Steve_in_Vermont

    Thankfully the average Bobbie is well armed and able to protect………Oh, wait a minute….Scratch that…there’re on their own……perhaps a good pair of running shoes?

    • Irishgirl

      But some people will literally kill for a good pair of running shoes, don’t ya know?

    • B.A_2014

      Give the police guns. The police are armed to the teeth in Ulster, why not give all officers in the UK the ability to defend themselves…oh wait they did. They asked them did they want to be armed and they voted in the negative. What is that saying about making beds and lying in them?

      • Ulster cops are armed because shooting white Irishmen is ok, but we can’t have cops shooting brown pakis now can we.

        • B.A_2014

          When the London riots occurred the Irish press went ballistic. Every year when there is a riot or ten, the first thing police do is shoot and fire water canons. I know a guy that had his balls shot off. If you riot then you asked for it. But there hasn’t been a case of looting since 1932 as far as I know, yet the government on the mainland refused to deploy water canons or use plastic bullets against the savages that destroyed large parts of London.

          • He had his balls shot off?!

    • M&S

      I was about to say, why go to the effort to tag them when they are off duty and might attract a civilian or three to help them against the raging mad muslim tryting to saw their head off with a box cutter?

      Just wait for them to don their Firetruck Yellow ‘I am a Bobby, I carry no gun, bring out your knives and we’ll have some fun!’ safety vests and grab one strutting, ‘vigilantly’, down the street.

      Cops, as walking paladin complexes, are always among the last to clue in: When the public stops caring about what is being done to them, they also stop believing in the magical force that is Uniformed Heroes who no longer protect their ‘privileged’ position as founder population.

      Morality means nothing. Ethics, laws, none of it. If you are /part of a group/ whose identity is one of dispossession and oppression, you have no allies among the disenfranchised.

      Where London is no longer an English City-

      John Cleese Plays Captain Obvious

      It is because the English have left the Bobby’s to the tender mercies of their new muslim paymasters. If the paymaster decides on a downsizing…

    • meanqueen

      Maybe a fast bicycle, or a motor scooter for getting away quick?

  • Cecil Broomsted

    And so it is that the natives accommodate the alien within their own borders.

    My advice is to take heed of what I call ‘Islam’s Rule of Numbers,’ which is basically the unwavering, statistical fact that, the more Muslims grow in numbers (and thus strength), the more aggressive they become. In the U.S., for example, where Muslims are less than 1% of the population, acts of Islamic intolerance are relatively uncommon. Islamic assertiveness is limited to political activism dedicated to portraying Islam as a ‘religion of peace,’ the painting of any and all critics as ‘Islamophobes,’ and sporadic, but clandestine, acts of terror.

    In some Western European nations, where Muslims make for much larger minorities—for example, the UK and France—open violence and religious intolerance is common. But because they are still a vulnerable minority, Islamic violence is always placed in the context of ‘grievances,’ a word that, as we have seen, pacifies Westerners.

    Where Muslim numbers reach 35-50% of a population, the full-blown jihad is often declared, as in Nigeria, which although is half Christian half Muslim is also one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a Christian. In short, Islamic aggressiveness is very much a product of Islamic strength in numbers.

    ~ Raymond Ibrahim, American research librarian, translator, author and columnist.

    • Trevor Pilsbury

      Gause’s law in action.

    • George Costanza

      Just look at Sweden now! The muslims have created these autonomous sharia zones. That not even the police dare enter…

  • IstvanIN

    Interesting that little girls, soldiers, the Queen and now police are not safe in the UK, but the politicians are. What does that say about whose side the politicians are on????

    • B.A_2014

      The queen and her inbred family are a shower of treacherous scum. She has endorsed the abolition of her kingdom on numerous occasions.

      • See The Future

        Charles is a classic “dolt”. You just can make a better one!

    • See The Future

      The politicians serve the master they fear the most. The politicians in England fear the “asians” most. They have a reputation for killing those that do not favor them. The British public need to make big changes to correct and obviously untenable situation. It is incredible, it is unbelievable, it is beyond comprehension, how Cameron, Merkl, Obama, etc etc can survive politically in a democratic state. The means of removal are at the ballot box at regular terms!!

  • Brady

    At the very least, time for the British police to join the rest of world and start packing heat.

  • LHathaway

    Who knew, girls were impressed by violence? At least, when done by those considered human beings.

  • George Costanza

    “British bobbies have been ordered to ditch uniforms when off-duty and be
    extra careful on social media websites amid fears of a Lee Rigby-style
    terror plot to murder a cop.”

    It looks like the terrorists are winning…

    • See The Future

      It is in fact true. The bad guys are winning. Good guys only win in the movies.

  • Whitesneedtobebrave

    And we wonder why Islam is not the religion of ‘PEACE’

  • bubo

    Keep Calm and Submit. What a joke that country is. Completely self inflicted destruction.

  • meanqueen

    When the force that represents the law of a land is terrified, isn’t that time to change the way you’re doing things?????

  • Jim

    “British bobbies have been ordered to ditch uniforms when off-duty….”

    That’s because there’s one thing conspicuously absent from a British police uniform:
    A nice big CZ 75B.

  • See The Future

    There is something really wrong with a society that mandates a member of the police or military wear civilian clothes to avoid attack. The correct response is to eliminate the vermin that are the source of these attacks.