The terrorist attack on London Bridge has prompted recommendations to strengthen police treatment of terrorists.
In the aftermath of Usman Khan’s London Bridge attack, which killed two University of Cambridge graduates, recommendations have been made to better police management of terrorism offenders.
Changes are needed, according to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), since “policing has to draw lessons from this episode” and forces should “update protocols and rectify any gaps in the way they deal with ex-offenders.”
After strapping kitchen knives to his hands and attacking attendees at a prisoner education program in November 2019, Khan, 28, was finally gunned down by an effective fire squad of armed cops outside Fishmongers’ Hall.
The IOPC conducted two investigations into how Khan, a homegrown Islamist who was wearing a false suicide belt, was handled and killed.
Khan was lawfully killed by unnamed police officers, according to an inquest jury that concluded on Thursday following a two-week hearing at the City of London’s Guildhall, half a mile from where he died.
On November 29, 2019, Khan, of Stoke-on-Trent, stabbed and killed Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, when they were attending a prisoner rehabilitation programme at Fishmongers’ Hall in London.
The inquiry into their murders concluded on May 28 that they were murdered unlawfully.
The IOPC acknowledged that the inquest jury found poor management and lack of accountability among the authorities responsible for Khan, as well as insufficient experience and training among those in charge of him.
A number of recommendations have been made to the National Police Chiefs’ Council, including ensuring that police officers involved in the management of former terrorists are given sufficient and special training to deal with them and the many threats they offer (NPCC).
According to the IOPC, appropriate rules and procedures should be in place to distinguish between different categories of terrorist offenders as well as the police force’s particular role and obligation.
They should also specify the officers’ responsibilities in terms of the information they should share with each agency involved.
Another suggestion is that police departments create proper mechanisms. (This is a brief piece.)