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The Independent

Police operation surrounding Queen’s loss of life and funeral ‘an unlimited success’



Operation London Bridge has been described as “an unlimited success” by the officer accountable for coordinating policing for the Queen’s funeral and nationwide mourning interval.

Greater than 5,000 law enforcement officials from throughout the UK supported 10 days of ceremonial occasions to mark the loss of life of Queen Elizabeth II.

The variety of officers drafted in to help occasions in Scotland, London, Windsor and Norfolk would make up the fifth largest police drive in England and Wales, with tens of 1000’s of further officers supporting occasions domestically.

Chief Constable Lucy D’Orsi, gold commander for Operation London Bridge, mentioned: “From a policing perspective, I feel it’s been an unlimited success.

“What made this operation completely different to ones we routinely do is that there was no discover.

“The operation begins from the minute that we had been conscious of the loss of life of Her Majesty and that makes it essentially completely different to some other operation.”

Cops forward of the ceremonial procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Corridor, London (Vadim Ghirda/PA)

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She added that it was “too early to inform” the complete value of the operation, which was the biggest ever ceremonial policing operation.

Ms D’Orsi, who since March 2021 has served as chief constable of the British Transport Police, mentioned the operation concerned the “largest ever deployment of hostile car mitigation” with giant car limitations blockading the entrances to roads in central London comparable to The Mall.

“Now we have sadly previously seen terrorist assaults which have used the automotive as a weapon, so it is very important be sure that areas are sealed off in order that the general public is secure.”

Ms D’Orsi thanked the officers and employees concerned in Operation London Bridge, in addition to the general public “who understood the additional safety measures in place for such an event and supported law enforcement officials, employees and volunteers of their duties”.

A policeman bows his head as The State Gun Carriage carries the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped within the Royal Normal with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s orb and sceptre (Stephane De Sakutin/PA)

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Round 650 safety officers, firearms officers and armed response automobiles had been despatched out over the ten days of mourning, with over 500 specialist search groups skilled to scour key landmarks and buildings the place crowds gathered.

Greater than 50 police canines skilled in explosives and firearms detection had been additionally deployed.

The day of the Queen’s funeral itself was the Metropolitan Police’s largest-ever policing operation, beating the opening and shutting ceremonies of the London Olympics in 2012.

House Secretary Suella Braverman mentioned: “This was the biggest ever ceremonial policing operation, seeing 1000’s of officers deployed from forces throughout the UK to handle and oversee this unparalleled occasion, together with making certain the security of the Royal Household and international dignitaries through the state funeral.

“I’ve seen first-hand the professionalism, dedication and ability of officers, who ought to be immensely happy with their work.”

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