5 December 2005
The Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) will be holding a one-day conference
'Together Against Terror?' on Monday 12 December 2005 with the aim of widening the London and national debate on how our society should respond to
the terrorist threat.
We are inviting the public to join the debate by answering ten key questions, which will also be put to delegates on the day, published on the
MPA website: www.mpa.gov.uk <http://www.mpa.gov.uk>
Len Duvall, Chair of the Authority, said:"The MPA's job is to consult with London's communities to find out what they
expect from the police. By including public participation in the policing debate this event will signal an important step change and we urge Londoners
to make their views known.
"It is crucial that we involve as many people as possible in this debate. To
this end we have published a poll on the MPA website which we hope will provide important input from the public about how we, together with the
police, should respond to the terrorist threat. The results of the poll, which is totally anonymous, will be collated and analysed by the MPA to
produce a report (with recommendations) to be presented to the Full Authority meeting on 26 January 2006. Copies of this report will be made
widely available. "Combating terrorism is not just a police responsibility. Everyone has a
role to play and an opinion that should be heard. We have invited over a hundred people to take part in an informal debate on 12 December; this is an
important new departure for the Authority and we are eager to hear
Len Duvall continued:"The MPA, together with the MPS, has been holding public discussions on
issues around terrorism and community response since the atrocities of 7
"The MPA hosted the 'Communities Together' conference on 11 July 2005 and promised 'to keep policing issues in the public eye'. The debate was
progressed at the Full Authority on 27 October when Operation Kratos was discussed in public. Next week's conference aims to bring together work that
has been undertaken since the London bombings and give new direction and impetus to our united fight against terrorism."