September 4, 2008
New Police Team to Patrol Airport
A DEDICATED police team has been set up to patrol Liverpool's John Lennon Airport.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport Neighbourhood Policing is a team of 10 officers, led by an inspector, which has been funded by the Association of Chief Police Officers.The aim is to encourage the airport community and nearby residents to get to know the name and face of the Inspector and to engage with those travelling through the airport.
While there remains no specific or implied threat from terrorism to Merseyside, the increased visible police presence aims to reassure travellers and visitors that their safety remains paramount to Merseyside police.
The team will be providing 24-hour policing to ensure that crime levels remain low and that criminals are proactively targeted.
Assistant Chief Constable Patricia Gallan said: "One of the key roles for the team will include working alongside the private security firms within the airport to address counter-terrorism issues which affect every airport in the UK.
"This will include joint training, enabling our partners in the security industry to continue to play a crucial part in helping us to defeat terrorism and ensuring the safety of the residential, working and travelling communities of Merseyside."
Mark Whitworth, CEO for Peel Airports said: "These officers will be a welcome addition to the airport community and to the two private security firms already here."
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