Chief Constable comment following Volume 3 of the Manchester Arena Inquiry
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A statement from Chief Constable Lucy D'Orsi:
"Today saw the publication of the third and final volume from the Manchester Arena Inquiry.
For more than three years, Sir John Saunders and the inquiry team have heard many hundreds of hours in evidence about events leading up to, and on the night of 22 May 2017.
I want to thank them for their painstaking work during the inquiry and for allowing us to participate so fully.
And whilst today may mark the final volume to be published, it in no way marks any kind of end to the work being carried out at BTP.
Just three months ago, I stood at a press conference alongside colleagues from the other emergency services. We promised that, should an attack happen again, we would do better.
It is an assertion I continue to stand by as BTP continues to work relentlessly to make vital changes and improvements.
- Our frontline officers and staff are all currently being trained in enhanced first aid -including using tourniquets and wound packing. - All officers and staff are being issued a first aid pack containing a tourniquet, bleed bandages and quick cut scissors. - Behavioural Detection Awareness training has started for an additional 1,700 PCSOs and officers. The training will show them how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour associated with terrorism. - We will be investing more than £630,000 in additional funding over the next financial year to ensure everyone in the force is fully trained, exercised and tested. - We wrote to all Home Office forces in England, Scotland and Wales to ensure we are clear about who has jurisdiction for a major incident at our locations.
The night of 22 May 2017 is an important part of our BTP story, which continues to affect so many of us – not least the first responders who tried so desperately to help people that night.
The learnings from this inquiry will continue to shape us, improve us, and ensure we are in a better place than ever to keep the public safe.
Our thoughts remain with the families of the 22 people who lost their lives, and all those affected by events on that terrible night.
They continue to be at the forefront of everything we do, as we strive to ensure British Transport Police puts into action all the promises made as a result of this inquiry."