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Police terror video shows you what to do if we come under attack

Counter terror police chiefs release video showing just what to do if the worst should happen

In the UK the Police Service and partners work very hard to keep us safe from the threat of guncrime.
Firearms and weapons attacks are  thankfully extremely rare, but we must always know to do stay safe.
What would you do if you came under fire or heard gunshots at work or in public?
Should you stay and hide, or run for the nearest exit?
Would you know what to do to stay safe?

This video has been released today as counter terror police step up their advice to the public.

The clip reiterates the counter terror police chiefs' guidance for what members of the public should do if they get caught in a terror attack in Britain.

They are urging the public to simply "Run, hide and tell".

People should escape if they can, considering the safest route - but only if they can do so without endangering themselves.

If they can't run, it's safest to hide.

They should find cover from gunfire, remembering that if they can see the attacker, the attacker can see them.

The video tells you to think about what you would do if you were in your workplace or in a public place.

It notes that being out of sight doesn't mean a person is safe - as bullets can go through wood, glass, metal and brick.

We are also warned to turn our phones to silent.

Run: Take people with you
Run: Take people with you

Finally, when safe to do so, we should inform the police by calling 999

Safe: Call 999
Safe: Call 999

The video was published by the National Police Chiefs Council today ,

as part of instructions to police forces and business owners on 'dynamic lockdown' procedures.

The 'Run, Hide, Tell' principle was first issued last year, but has been reissued as part of the police's new dynamic lockdown procedures.

Phones: Keep them on silent
Phones: Keep them on silent
Here's what the police say you should do in the event of a terror attack


  • Escape if you can.
  • Consider the safest options.
  • Is there a safe route? RUN if not HIDE.
  • Can you get there without exposing yourself to greater danger?
  • Insist others leave with you.
  • Leave belongings behind.


  • If you can’t RUN, HIDE.
  • Find cover from gunfire.
  • If you can see the attacker, they may be able to see you.
  • Cover from view does not mean you are safe, bullets go through glass, brick, wood and metal.

  • Find cover from gunfire e.g. substantial brickwork / heavy reinforced walls.
  • Be aware of your exits.
  • Try not to get trapped.
  • Be quiet, silence your phone.
  • Lock / barricade yourself in.
  • Move away from the door.


  • Call 999 - What do the police need to know?

  • Location - Where are the suspects?
  • Direction - Where did you last see the suspects?
  • Descriptions – Describe the attacker, numbers, features, clothing, weapons etc.
  • Further information – Casualties, type of injury, building information, entrances, exits, hostages etc.

  • Stop other people entering the building if it is safe to do so.

Armed Police Response

  • Follow officers’ instructions.
  • Remain calm.
  • Can you move to a safer area?
  • Avoid sudden movements that may be considered a threat.
  • Keep your hands in view.

Officers may

  • Point guns at you.
  • Treat you firmly.
  • Question you.
  • Be unable to distinguish you from the attacker.
  • Officers will evacuate you when it is safe to do so.

You must STAY SAFE

  • What are your plans if there were an incident?
  • What are the local plans? e.g. personal emergency evacuation plan.
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Related Tags: #RunHideTell , #counterterrorism, #london,#mediabodyguard, #closeprotection, #police
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