Queen's ring of steel: 10,000 police officers descend on London as millions line streets

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10,000 police officers from across the country have been deployed for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral today, as hundreds of thousands of people arrive at London and Windsor today. Police chiefs have noted that the MET is prepared to face and thwart any threats or potential disruptions to the historic proceedings, in what is the largest police operation to ever take place in this country. 

This massive on-duty force is necessary as hundreds of thousands of people are expected to line the funeral route between central London and Windsor, Berkshire, where the late monarch will be buried.

According to Metropolitan police deputy assistant commissioner Stuart Cundy, plans have been made to thwart or deal with any attempted attack or disruption.

Over 300 foreign dignitaries are expected to arrive to pay their respects to the late Queen, triggering the biggest personal protection operation undertaken by the Met.

Mr Cundy noted that the “scale and complexity” of the operation was immense, as thousands of officers from across the UK arrive to support the MET.

He said: “This will be on Monday the biggest single deployment of police officers in an operation that the Met police has ever undertaken. As a single event this is larger than the 2012 Olympics, it is larger than the platinum jubilee weekend.”

While he did not share an exact figure on the number of officers involved, in a separate interview the Met commissioner, Sir Mark Rowley, noted more officers would be involved in today’s operation than the entire West Midlands police force, the country’s second-largest police force, comprising 7,579 officers.

He said: “The number of officers deployed is heading to a point where it will be well beyond the total size of a force like West Midlands or Greater Manchester – it will be heading into the high numbers of thousands of officers deployed.”

Figures from police chiefs show that during the London 2012 Olympics, approximately 9,500 police officers were deployed in London alone. 

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For the Queen’s funeral today, both the MET and Thames Valley force are making the largest deployment ever on a single day, ensuring everything goes smoothly during this period of national mourning.

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