Heathrow Airport and London City Airport are policed by a Metropolitan Police Service Operational Command Unit (OCU) known as Aviation Security.
Aviation Security is located at Heathrow Airport and has a sub command based at North Woolwich Police Station covering London City Airport. There is a shared command and control facility, which operates from our brand new Police Station at Polar Park, Bath Road, Middlesex.
Heathrow Airport is located within the London borough of Hillingdon and is one of six airports owned by the BAA. It is one of the world’s busiest international airports and handles in excess of 68 million passengers and 450,000 aircraft movements as well as employing over 80,000 staff. The newest of the terminals, Terminal 5, was opened in March 2008 and has the capacity to accommodate 35 million passengers a year.
In addition to passengers, the airport also receives over 12 million other visitors and more than 20 million motor vehicles travel into the central terminal area in the course of the year.
London City Airport is located on the Royal Victoria Dock, within the London Borough of Newham. The airport has one terminal building, operates a single runway and was opened in May 1987. The airport employs approximately 1,400 staff and has a throughput of two million passengers every year, accommodating some 80,000 aircraft movements.
The role of the Metropolitan Police Service is to keep both Heathrow Airport and London City Airport safe to the travelling public, staff and visitors. We do this in partnership with other law enforcement agencies such as the United Kingdom Borders Agency (UKBA) and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).
Aviation Security is an armed OCU, which means that many of our officers do carry firearms although there are several other teams within the command, including a dedicated traffic team, where officers do not carry firearms as part of their day-to-day work.
Both airports have a dedicated team of officers within the terminals to deal with local community issues; they are our Safer Airport Teams.
Aviation Security together with the rest of the Metropolitan Police Service values your feedback and has Citizen Focus at the heart of our services that we deliver.
Chief Superintendent Bert Moore - Head of Aviation Security