In response to the recent change in the national threat level to critical, armed officers from Wiltshire Police will be seen out and about in Swindon, Salisbury and other Wiltshire towns..
Wiltshire Police would like to stress that having armed police visible in our towns is not based on any change in intelligence or threat for Swindon, the county or the South West, but the decision has been taken instead to make firearms officers more deployable and visible to our communities.
It is hoped the increased visibility will provide as much reassurance to the public.
The firearms officers will be engaging and talking with people and you are encouraged to approach the officers and ask any questions you may have.
The public is asked to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency the public should always call 999.