Aviation Security

SO18 Aviation Security Aviation Enthusiast Scheme

Heathrow and London City Airports are policed by a MPS Operational Command Unit (OCU) known as SO18 Aviation Security. SO18 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, operating from Heathrow police station.

Heathrow Airport Watch, set up by SO18 Aviation Security in November 2008 encompasses both Heathrow and London City and recognises the key part aviation enthusiasts have to play in keeping both airports safe and that they are a valued part of the airport community.

The scheme provides members with a specially designed identity card, lanyard and card holder which should be worn at all times whilst enthusiasts are engaged in their hobby at Heathrow and London City Airports. It allows genuine enthusiasts to be easily identified by police and security teams at each airport.

“Regular visitors to Heathrow and London City are most likely to notice something out of the ordinary on or around the airport. It is hoped that the initiative will encourage enthusiasts to contact us if they do see anything suspicious, whilst allowing us to identify those who are genuinely enjoying their pastime at the airport."

All members will be security checked prior to receiving their card. The scheme is aimed at those who regularly visit Heathrow and London City Airports, but all enthusiasts are welcome to apply. The identity cards cost a one off charge of £7.50 to cover the cost of production and postage. Application forms are available at www.met.police.uk/heathrow/aviation_enthusiast_scheme.htm . There are several further links on this page. Alternatively email heathrow.watch@met.police.uk . Since launch the scheme has attracted around 450 applications. It is currently taking up to 4 weeks to issue the cards. There is no limit to the number of members for the scheme – the more eyes and ears the better.

The scheme is administered at Heathrow, the contact officer is:

PS 22ID Martin Baird
Safer Airport Team
Heathrow Airport Police Station
Unit 3, Polar Park
Bath Road
West Drayton
Telephone No 020 3276 1362

We look forward to hearing from you.