Met prepares policing security for Wimbledon

The Metropolitan Police is preparing for The Championships, Wimbledon, with specially-trained officers from Project Servator set to be deployed in and around the venue to deter and detect criminal activity.

Taking place between 2-15 July, officers have been patrolling the local area as more and more people arrive in South West London ahead of the two-week event, working with The All England Lawn Tennis Club to ensure that people inside and outside the Grounds are safe and secure.

Specially-trained officers from Project Servator will be aided by armed officers, police dogs and horses and other visible and less visible security measures, and will work closely with security staff, stewards and CCTV operators as well as talking to local businesses and visitors.

Superintendent Jo Edwards, who is in charge of the policing of this year's Championships, said: "This is a fabulous time of year for south-west London and the capital, with hundreds of thousands of people coming to watch one of the year’s most prestigious sporting events. Our job is to help ensure that everyone has an enjoyable, memorable time, and as is the case every year, a lot of preparation has gone into the policing plan for this event. Each year we review and modify our plans to keep the public safe. The current threat level is among the factors that informs our plans.

"We have worked closely with The All England Lawn Tennis Club, British Transport Police and other partners over many years, building up an excellent working relationship to ensure a safe and secure event. The Met has vast experience in policing large-scale events such as this, and we look forward to working to make it a safe environment for everyone who attends.”

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