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Police to showcase work done to protect Gatwick Airport
10:40am Friday 21st September 2012 in News
The work carried out to protect Gatwick Airport and those who use it from threats including terrorism will be showcased in a special day next month.
Sussex Police will be holding its annual Gatwick Community Engagement Day on Tuesday, October 2.
The event, aimed at airport staff, will be held in the foyer and atrium area of Concorde House in the airport's South Terminal, between 8am and noon. Experts from the Gatwick Police Counter Terrorism Unit who run the Project Griffin security awareness days for airport staff, and the Gatwick Police Dog Unit, will be among those taking part.
A series of display stands and individual presentations will be mounted, with experts on hand to brief staff, give advice and answer questions.
Staff will be able to talk to police about the latest neighbourhood policing activities aimed at ensuring the airport is safe, secure and hostile to terrorism, airport security and operations experts will talk about their work, and the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership will position a crashed car outside the building, reinforcing the anti-drink drive message.
Sergeant Simon Luck of Sussex Police said: "The previous events were really successful, with several hundred people attending each time, so this is now very much an annual occasion which we all look forward to.”
Sgt Luck said: “Staff at the airport play a vital role in security, acting as additional ears and eyes whether in relation to crime or terrorism. “This day is very much aimed at helping them keep up to date with what we in the emergency services and partner agencies are doing."
Tony Gilbert, crime liaison manager for Gatwick Airport Limited, said: "The continued safety and security of our passengers, airlines and staff is Gatwick Airport's number one priority, and events like this remind us of the importance of working together to deliver an even better, safer airport for all."