Officers at NATO Summit get College training

​The policing operation for the largest gathering of international leaders ever to take place in Britain has been praised after passing off peacefully.

Nearly 10,000 officers, along with specialist police staff, from 43 forces across England and Wales travelled for the summit which took place in Newport, Wales.

The two-day event was attended by more than 60 world leaders, including Barack Obama, and 4,000 delegates. The world's media also attended with more than 1,200 journalists accredited for the political conference.

All UK forces including PSNI, Police Scotland, British Transport Police, Civil Nuclear Constabulary, Ministry of Defence Police and States of Jersey Police, as well as the College of Policing, supported the summit, representing 100 specialisms.

The policing operation spanned approximately three weeks and included a significant search requirement across multiple venues. All the officers involved in search are accredited and trained by the College of Policing's Police National Search Centre.

Our Public Order and Public Safety Unit trained officers and provided tactical advice to the summit. 

Adrian Barnes, from the unit, travelled to Wales where up to 1,000 officers were trained. He said:

"I was part of a team of trainers from all over the country who trained officers in vehicle barricade removal tactics, mounted tactics and the use of plasti-cuffs, which are handcuffs made for public order situations. We also trained some police staff on how to be deployed from a Merlin helicopter in case they had to be transported across large distances at short notice.

"The training was very well received and officers and staff showed their professionalism."

Officers proved a hit with residents in Wales and on social media, with many getting into photographs with the public.

The summit, which ran on 4-5 September, saw just 31 arrests and was hailed a success for policing.

Giving their thanks to residents in Wales, officers recorded a video of their time at the summit. In it, PC Phil Smith from Greater Manchester Police, said: "We would like to say thanks for a great NATO Summit. We've really enjoyed ourselves."

Overseeing the operation was Assistant Chief Constable Chris Armitt, who has been on secondment from Merseyside Police. He said planning and large numbers of officers on the ground were key to its success:

"The summit went incredibly well and the planning was excellent. We exercised it hard beforehand and went into great detail. You always get unexpected events that make you adjust what you're doing, and it stood up very well."

You can view more pictures and videos of the policing operation at the summit by visiting the official Twitter page.

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