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Synagogues: Security

Question for Department for Communities and Local Government

UIN HL3126, tabled on 24 November 2014

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of whether the murder of Jewish and Druze Israelis in a Jerusalem Synagogue has heightened security fears in the United Kingdom at Jewish synagogues and schools.

Answered on

4 December 2014

The Association of Chief Police Officers' National Community Tension Team regularly produces a 'Community Impact Assessment' which contains an assessment on the state of community relations. This includes the level of antisemitism. This material is not shared with the public, as it contains operational policing information. The National Community Tension Team liaises with the Community Security Trust at the national level on behalf of the police service. Police Forces with significant Jewish communities liaise closely at the local level.

The Association of Chief Police Officers also publishes its recorded antisemitic crime data annually on the True Vision website at:

Additionally, the Government is in daily contact with the Jewish community and the police who are working closely with Jewish communities and organisations to monitor tensions and to provide reassurance, security measures and safety advice. This ensures that we are alive to any issues and concerns of the Jewish community and can respond quickly. This is a model of good practice cited around the world.