the immense security challenge for the London police

the immense security challenge for the London police

The Queen’s funeral on Monday September 19 promises to be the largest operation ever supervised by the London police. To ensure the smooth running of the event and prevent possible crowd movements, a colossal system has been put in place with more than 10,000 police officers mobilized.

They will not have the right to the slightest error. With 2,000 guests expected in Westminster Abbey for the Queen’s funeral, including 500 heads of state from around the world, the funeral will represent a monumental security challenge for law enforcement. A one-day device even more important than during the entire duration of the Olympic Games in 2012.

Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to make the trip this Monday, while Brits keep queuing in the endless queue to pray at the queen’s coffin.

The police will therefore deploy 36 kilometers of barriers and 10,000 security agents throughout the British capital, according to The Guardian. To deal with the scale of the event, police officers from across the country were summoned. Dog handlers and the marine unit also need to be recruited, as Assistant Deputy Commissioner Stuart Cundy noted.

He claims to have established a precise protocol to control the crowd and thwart any attempt to attack or disrupt. “The facilities and the technology that we have, so that we can see everything that is happening from several different angles, is absolutely essential in terms of crowd control”, he said according to AFP. The police will be accompanied by helicopters, and officers directing the operation from a control room. Drones will be banned throughout the capital.

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Heads of State escorted in buses

Emmanuel Macron, US President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese, or Japanese Emperor Naruhito as well as many other leaders have confirmed their attendance.

Except that in documents sent Saturday, September 10 to embassies, the British Foreign Office recommends that heads of state travel to Westminster Abbey with buses chartered for the occasion, rather than private cars, due to “strict security and road restrictions system”. As indicated by the American media Politico who has been able to consult these documents, London Heathrow airport will not welcome private planes as a security measure, which will have to land in “less frequented airports”.

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The right to protest will be respected

After the stabbing attack on two police officers in central London on Friday, September 16, law enforcement remains all the more vigilant in preparation for the funeral.

Faced with possible demonstrations on the sidelines of the procession, Stuart Cundy explains that each police officer will have to respect the right to demonstrate. “We have made sure that each of our police deployed in London understands that people have the right to protest. Our response will have to be proportionate, balanced, and our officers will take action only if necessary.”he assured.

Thames Valley Deputy Chief Constable Tim De Meyer said officers will use their best judgment. “We know we have to balance freedom of expression and public safety. We will be careful to balance the two and respect the dignity of this event. »