This section contains information on the current threat level to the United Kingdom, British interests overseas and Gibraltar from terrorist attacks, and what the Royal Gibraltar Police is doing to keep Gibraltar safe. There are also some answers to common questions about policing tactics and how we investigate terrorism.
Threat levels are designed to give a broad indication of the likelihood of a terrorist attack.
The threat level to the United Kingdom from international terrorism is currently ‘Severe’. This means that a terrorist 'attack is highly likely'.
The threat level to Gibraltar from international terrorism is currently at ‘Substantial’. This means that a terrorist ‘attack is a strong possibility’.
The threat level for the United Kingdom, British Interests overseas and Gibraltar from international terrorism is set by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC).
In reaching a judgement on the appropriate threat level in any given circumstance several factors need to be taken into account. These include:
Threat levels in themselves do not require specific responses from the public. They are a tool for security practitioners working across different sectors of the Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) and the police to use in determining what protective security response may be required.
Vigilance is vital regardless of the current national threat level. It is especially important given the current national threat. Sharing national threat levels with the general public keeps everyone informed. It explains the context for the various security measures (for example airport security or bag searches) which we may encounter in our daily lives.
Our overriding priority is to keep the public safe by working closely with our residents, visitors, business community, and our local, regional and international partners. We constantly review our operations and contingency planning, liasing with HM Government of Gibraltar ministries, agencies and other local emergency services.
We also use a wide range of overt and covert policing tactics. Covert tactics, by their nature, are not obvious to the public, but overt tactics include the deployment of high visibility policing at a variety of locations.
These additional measures may be put in place for a number of reasons. For example, it could be as a response to seasonal crime patterns or as a precautionary measure in the light of the current threat from international terrorism.
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No individual is targeted by Police because of their culture, faith, race or religion. Our inquiries are carried out under the provisions of existing legislation, which takes into account the human and legal rights of those involved. Terrorist investigations go where the intelligence and evidence takes us.
We make every effort to ensure that minority communities are not criminalised or victimised in any way. The bedrock of British policing, which supports the delivery of policing services in Gibraltar, has always been to work with, for, and on behalf of the community we serve. It would be counter-productive for us to target a specific community since it is not Police actions alone that will ultimately defeat terrorism, but the combined actions of all communities. We need the support and confidence of our community to improve the two-way flow of information, to arrest and prosecute terrorists and to protect the whole community.