Protection Command

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Protection Command response vehicles are uniquely painted red.

The Protection Command is one of the three Commands within the Specialist Operations directorate of London's Metropolitan Police Service.[1] The command specialises in protective security and has two branches: Royalty and Specialist Protection (RaSP), providing protection to the Royal Family, government officials and diplomats; and Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection (PaDP), providing overt protection to government buildings, the Parliamentary Estate and foreign missions.[2] In contrast with the vast majority of British police officers, many members of the Protection Command routinely carry firearms in the course of their duties and all are Authorised Firearms Officers.[3][4]

Branches[edit]

In April 2015, the branches of Protection Command and elements of Security Command were merged into two distinct branches under the control of Protection Command: Royalty and Specialist Protection (RaSP; a merger of Royalty Protection and Specialist Protection) and Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection (PaDP; a merger of the Diplomatic Protection Group and the Palace of Westminster Division of Security Command).

Royalty and Specialist Protection[edit]

The Royalty and Specialist Protection (RaSP) was formed following a merger of the Royalty Protection Command (SO14) with the Specialist Protection Command (SO1) in April 2015.

RaSP provide personal protection for the Royal Family, the Prime Minister, Government ministers, ambassadors, visiting Heads of State and other individuals deemed to be at risk. RaSP also provide armed security at Royal Residences in London, Windsor and Scotland. The Special Escort Group (SEG) is also operated by RaSP.

Originally, royalty protection officers were attached for administrative purposes to "A" Division, although they came directly under the command of Assistant Commissioner "A". The Royalty Protection Branch was formed as a separate non-divisional specialist unit in 1978.

Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection[edit]

Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection (PaDP) was formed following a merger of the Diplomatic Protection Group (SO6) with the Palace of Westminster Division (SO17) in April 2015.

PaDP provide armed and unarmed protection of embassies, missions and the Parliamentary Estate. They also provide residential protection for high-profile Government ministers and are responsible for access control and security at Downing Street and New Scotland Yard.

PaDP was the Command that Police Constable Keith Palmer GM, who was killed in an attack at Westminster in 2017, worked in.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Specialist Operations". Metropolitan Police Service. Retrieved 8 June 2009. 
  2. ^ Protection Command, Metropolitan Police Service. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Metropolitan Police Force's Firearms Unit". Global-defence.com. Retrieved 8 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Police Use of Firearms Policy" (PDF). Metropolitan Police Service. December 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "London attack: What we know so far". BBC News. BBC News. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 

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