As President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), I am horrified and deeply troubled by the appalling terrorist attack that has taken place in Manchester, England.
I, along with the membership of the IACP, mourn the lives of those who have perished and applaud the bravery and dedication of all those who have responded to aid the injured and keep the public safe from further harm.
As the Greater Manchester Police and other agencies across the United Kingdom continue their investigation and efforts to apprehend all those who aided in this despicable attack, I want them to know that they have the support of the global policing community.
At the same time, I want to reassure citizens around the world, that today, just like they do every day, your law enforcement agencies and officers are making every effort to protect all those who live in, work in, and visit their community. We must all work together to keep communities safe and secure. As the terror threat continues to evolve, law enforcement agencies will rely even more on the assistance and support of their community members. Successfully combating the threat posed by violent extremism will require that both law enforcement agencies and the public remain vigilant. Report suspicious behavior. If you see something, say something.
Again, our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, and colleagues of those whose lives have been devastated by this tragic and senseless crime.