London will be given 400 new firearms officers as new London Mayor Sadiq Khan pledges to boost the number of armed Metropolitan policemen to protect the capital.
The new Mayor attended a meeting on Thursday (May 12) with Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and welcomed the news of 600 officers stepping forward to volunteer for the new training.
Officers will be ready to be deployed by April 2017 and will be distributed across London's busiest stations and areas.
Following the horrific attacks in Paris in November 2015 , Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe asked for plans to be developed to increase the number of firearms officers.
The announcement comes ahead of a full terror preparedness review, which Sadiq Khan pledged in his manifesto .
During his campaign, the Labour Mayor had said he felt London was "left vulnerable" by the government's failure to stop terrorism with the anti-radicalisation Prevent programme.
"Nothing is more important to me than keeping London safe"
Those involved include the Metropolitan Police Service, the London Fire Brigade , the NHS, local authorities, Transport for London , the Port of London and the RNLI, all of who will get ready to deal with a major terrorist incident.
The Mayor said: "Nothing is more important to me than keeping Londoners safe.
"As a dad, I worry about my daughters' safety as they go about our city – as I worry about all Londoners.
"It was reassuring to see our brave, dedicated and incredibly skilled armed response officers in action.
"I want to thank every Met officer who has volunteered to put themselves on the frontline of protecting Londoners and am pleased that London will have around 400 more armed response officers as soon as April next year."
The Commissioner congratulated the efforts of the Met so far in their success at preventing terrorist attacks in recent years, along with the work of communities and investigators.
Sir Hogan-Howe, said: "We need to ensure we can respond as quickly and effectively as possible to the terrorists' latest tactics and that is why I ordered an increase in firearms officers here in London.
"The officers who do this dangerous and difficult work are all volunteers and paid no more than their unarmed colleagues. I think we should all be grateful to them for the risks they take on our behalf."