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Essex Police’s officers and staff continued their dedication to keeping Essex safe, providing a valuable contribution to His Majesty’s Coronation this weekend.
We joined police forces across England to ensure that the public could enjoy the celebrations safely.
A large part of Essex Police’s involvement in the Coronation was the operation out of London Stansted airport. Over an 8 day period, the airport ensured the safe arrival and departure of 31 Heads of State and dignitaries, including the First Lady of the United States and Vice President of China.
Over 1,220 officers, Special Constables and staff were involved in the policing operation from Stansted and the wider county. Essex Police also worked with partners from Manchester Airport Group, Essex County Fire & Rescue Service the East of England Ambulance Service.
The Stansted airport specific operation required over 12 weeks of planning and partnership working, the searching of nearly 2000 vehicles and a large armed operation, all to ensure the safe transit for all those attending the coronation.
ACC Glen Pavelin, Gold Commander for the Essex Police’s involvement in the coronation said:
“As anticipated, it was a busy bank holiday weekend for Essex Police.
“Our priority was to keep the county safe whilst people enjoyed this momentous occasion.
“This high-level policing response at Stansted Airport was important to ensure that we could protect those arriving for the coronation whilst also continuing our regular business as usual service to the thousands of people arriving and leaving every day.
“I would like to thank the officers, staff and volunteers for their commitment and professionalism over the course of this weekend. From our Police Community Support Officers who have been at coronation events to our local policing team officers who have provided emergency responses to victims across Essex.
"There’s also been those behind the scenes, including our intelligence teams who have provided around the clock support."
Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington attended the gun salute Colchester Castle Park on Saturday to mark the occasion. In addition to this, two Essex Police PCs were invited to London to participate in the official ceremony.
Our Marine Unit also escorted a Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer, HMS Diamond along the Essex coastline on her journey to London.