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The team, part of the Met’s SCO19 firearms command, have lightweight, semi-automatic SIG 516 rifles, wear military fatigues and combat helmets.
“We don't stigmatise the millions of British Muslims whose values and faith completely reject the terrorists' litany of hate.
“We are a nation that accepts difference but builds communities with shared values.
We should be proud of that - it is another reason why the UK is a hostile environment for those intent on murderous terrorism.
Sir Bernard stressed that armed officers are also being trained to go forward toward the terrorist threat – and not back away from it.
He said: “We have increased the number of specially trained and equipped officers who would go forward and confront these kinds of heavily armed terrorists. Now our resilience has increased as all Met officers who carry a gun have been trained to go forward and take the initiative, in the face of a new terrorist threat." He added: “We tell the public to "Run, Hide, Tell".