Policing operation under way across the City and London following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
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As all of us at City of London Police join the nation and people around the world in mourning the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, a policing and security operation is under way.
City of London Police, the Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police have initiated well-rehearsed policing plans.
You can expect to see officers across the Square Mile, carrying out highly visible patrols.
A number of ceremonial and commemorative events will be held in the City in the coming days, including a Service of Prayer and Reflection at St Paul’s Cathedral at 6pm today (Friday 9 September).
A range of visible and less visible measures will be in place to help keep everyone safe. This includes things like vehicle barriers, road closures and specialist teams carrying out searches in and around event locations, and Project Servator officers, who are specially-trained to spot tell-tale signs that someone may be planning to commit a crime.
Those wishing to travel into London and visit Royal Residences are encouraged to visit www.royal.uk for the latest information.
T/Commander David Lawes, who is leading the policing operation at City of London Police, said:
“Throughout her 70-year reign, we were proud to serve Her Majesty and to keep her and other members of the Royal Family safe and secure as they carried out their duties in the City of London.
“Working with the Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police, the comprehensive policing plan will help to ensure the safety of those paying their respects and commemorating The Queen’s extraordinary life.
“Our officers, staff and volunteers will be on hand to help and advise visitors, particularly those who are unfamiliar with the City, so don’t be surprised if they ask if you need any help.”
If you see or hear anything that doesn’t feel right, tell a police officer.
You can also call the police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.