Be alert, warns Chief Inspector

SECURITY BRIEFING: Chief Inspector Paul Court, left, with, from left, Rabbi Martin van den Bergh, David Coleman, Inspector Andy Wignall, Amanda Bomsztyk, Constable Rahman Azizur, Merseyside Jewish Representative Council chairman Michelle Hayward and Inspector John Sacker, Merseyside Police Community Engagement Officer

MERSEYSIDE Police’s Chief Inspector Paul Court assured the Jewish community that it would be protected.

“Do not be paranoid, but do not be complacent, and always be alert” he advised at a CST High Holy Days briefing.

“If we don’t know about it, we can’t stop it.”

Chief Inspector Court advised that people should take a screenshot of any hate crime on social media and should use their mobile phones to record any race hate incidents, as it provides proof and can also diffuse any situation.

Merseyside CST regional head David Coleman urged more volunteers to join the charity and to take advantage of the many courses it offers.

CST northern regional director Amanda Bomsztyk said: “We all need to be prepared and focused.”

And she stressed that security officials and volunteers must be vigilant when doing security and must be looking out — as well as looking in.

Mrs Bomsztyk explained that CST will soon be rolling out a new Community Security Awareness programme and that people should “run away or hide from the danger and react quickly and decisively”.

“We must be vigilant and aware of what we are looking for,” she said.

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