Armed police officers will be visible on the streets of Bath, Bristol Cheltenham and Gloucester in an effort to reassure the public in the wake of the Manchester terror attack.
Police have introduced the measure after the threat level of terrorism was raised to 'critical', meaning an attack could be imminent.
The officers will be engaging with communities and providing a visible presence on the streets.
In a statement the region's forces said:
This is not based on any change in intelligence or threat for the South West, but the decision has been taken instead to make firearms officers more deployable and visible to our communities. We think this is what the public would expect.
Our priority is to provide as much reassurance to communities as possible but we do recognise that some may feel anxious. The firearms officers will be engaging and communicating with people and we would actively encourage them to approach the officers and ask any questions they may have.
Wiltshire Police have also announced that armed officers will seen out and about, primarily in Swindon and Salisbury, but not limited to those areas. Officers stress that this not based on any intelligence or threats in those areas.
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