UK Metropolitan Police SO15 Aviation Services
The Aviation Security Operational Command Unit is responsible for the policing at Heathrow and London City airports. It is a unique policing command, which deals with the threat from terrorism, the protection of iconic sites and the response to organised crime and volume theft on a daily basis.Our officers and staff respond to these challenges with professionalism and the Aviation Security command is highly regarded both within the Metropolitan Police Service and beyond. Aviation Security Objectives The overarching aim for Aviation Security is to make Heathrow and London City Airports safe and secure places for the public and staff, and hostile environments for terrorists and criminals.The unit works closely with the other emergency services and both airport operators to provide a high level of response to aircraft emergencies. We do this by: Working in partnership to create a safer environment through security, protection and counter-terrorism activity. Enhancing crime reduction activity across Heathrow and London City Airport. Effectively responding to all environmental protests and anti-social behaviour. Increasing confidence and satisfaction in the way we deliver airport policing. The MPS took over the policing of Heathrow from the British Airports Authority Constabulary on the 1st November 1974. In 2004 the command took over responsibility for the policing of London City Airport. The role of the unit has evolved over the years in response to changes in the political, economic and environmental climate. The creation of our Safer Airport Teams in 2007, based on the Safer Neighbourhoods model, has provided a good relationship between police, public and business alike. The teams are made up of police officers and Police Community Support Officers who have regular contact with the airport terminals, car parks or the cargo area and to provide support and help to solve the problems and issues that arise throughout the different communities.