More than 150 officers and staff from Sussex Police joined colleagues from other UK police forces as part of the national mutual aid operation to provide policing and security arrangements at the NATO Summit in South Wales recently.
Officers from the Tactical Firearms Unit, Dog Unit, Specialist Search Teams, as well as public order trained officers and communications staff from the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Sussex Police, joined the home forces in South Wales.
Chief Superintendent Paul Morrison, of the Surrey and Sussex Operations Department, said, “Sending 180 officers and staff from Sussex on mutual aid operations is important to both support our colleagues in other forces and help provide safety and security at large scale events.
“For the NATO Summit, resources were allocated to the host force Gwent Police based on the numbers of officers and the skill base requested, and agreed by a Sussex Police chief officer.
“When selecting the resources required, we apply an approach that takes the largest number of officers from the biggest division.
“This reduces the impact across all divisions and ensures a good balance of officers is used from across the force so that normal policing in the county is unaffected.”
Under rules from the Home Secretary all police forces have a national obligation to provide mutual aid for public order policing and each county’s Police & Crime Commissioner must ensure sufficient funds are set aside to cover their force’s contribution to any response.
Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner said, “Public safety cannot always be managed by a single police force acting alone.
“Sussex Police officers and staff are trained to national standards to ensure they are ready to work effectively alongside colleagues from other forces whenever required.
“I am very proud that Sussex supported one of the largest security operations ever undertaken in the UK, representing the very best of British policing.”
Sussex Police supported the NATO Summit operation by providing officers and staff to assist for a total of 10 days.