THE PRO­TEC­TORS

Three faces of forces out on street yes­ter­day

Daily Mail - - Terror On The Tube - By Fionn Har­g­reaves and Re­becca Cam­ber

THE new face of anti-ter­ror­ism was un­veiled yes­ter­day as of­fi­cers from three spe­cial­ist units de­scended on Par­sons Green.

Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice’s spe­cial­ist firearms of­fi­cers ran through the streets as they at­tempted to defuse the sit­u­a­tion in the wake of the Tube blast.

The elite of­fi­cers are trained to re­spond to ter­ror threats and work through­out the Lon­don Un­der­ground Net­work.

The unit, which was launched in 2002 to re­spond to ter­ror at­tacks on pub­lic trans­port, carry Glock 1 pis­tols and LMT De­fender AR-15 vari­ant ri­fles.

Of­fi­cers from the unit were in­tro­duced on trains in May this year, just days af­ter the Manch­ester ter­ror at­tack, and have been pa­trolling the Lon­don Un­der­ground since De­cem­ber 2016.

The Lon­don Fire Bri­gade de­ployed their new spe­cial of­fi­cers, who were dressed for a ma­raud­ing ter­ror­ist firearms at­tack (MTFA).

The fire­men were dressed in red pro­tec­tive bal­lis­tic vests, hel­mets and steel toe cap boots as they ran into the ‘hot zone’ at Par­sons Green sta­tion.

The of­fi­cers are specif­i­cally trained to treat ca­su­al­ties in the wake of a ter­ror at­tack and were used for the first time dur­ing the Lon­don Bridge atroc­ity in June.

The Metropoli­tan Po­lice’s elite counter- ter­ror­ist firearms of­fi­cers also pa­trolled the scene and ran down the train tracks in the af­ter­math of the at­tack yes­ter­day.

The spe­cial­ist unit, in­tro­duced in Au­gust 2016, was armed with SIG MCX Car­bine ri­fles and Glock SLP pis­tols as they sur­rounded the sta­tion.

The 600-strong team of of­fi­cers was un­veiled af­ter a wave of ter­ror at­tacks hit main­land Europe last sum­mer.

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