With one of Britain’s biggest sporting events beginning on Monday, 29 June, the Met is putting into place its final preparations to support The All England Lawn Tennis Club in delivering a safe and secure Championships.
The Met is well versed in policing sporting events across the Capital, dealing with a number of planned events throughout the year.
The planning team has been preparing for this event throughout the year and will be drawing on its extensive experience to ensure that this annual event will be safe and secure for all those attending.
With this year’s Championships scheduled to take place a week later than usual to allow the players sufficient rest following the end of the French Open, the Met, working very closely with the All England Club, have used the additional time to ensure that the most effective police plan for this two-week sporting tournament is in place.
A range of policing tactics will be used to make sure the Met fully plays its part in keeping this year’s Championships secure. This will include extra officers on duty patrolling the local area, road closures and a highly mobile reserve that can respond to emerging incidents. Officers will be working in uniform and in plain clothes during the event.
One of our priorities is making sure that local residents in Merton continue to receive the same policing as usual during the course of The Championships and we have liaised with partners, to minimise disruption to residents and local communities.
Chief Superintendent Stuart Macleod, the local Borough Commander said:
“The Wimbledon Tennis Championships are a regular feature in our calendar and one of the great British sporting events which we are ready to police.
“At the conclusion of last year’s Championships the Met’s planning team started preparing for this year’s tournament. We have reflected on previous operational plans and amended these where necessary to ensure we deliver a safe and secure Championships for 2015.
“This year’s event will be policed to a level proportionate with the current threat level. We have worked closely in partnership with the All England Club and other partner agencies to ensure the Championships can be enjoyed by all those attending.
“The Championships draw not just a large proportion of Londoners to SW19, but people from all over the country and the world travel to watch the event as well.
“Like any major event with large crowds, they attract a small number of opportunist criminals who like to operate in busy environments. We remind everyone attending The Championships to take extra care of their property, especially handbags, wallets and mobile phones. Please keep your valuables and other items secure and with you at all times.
“Staff from the All England Club, security and police officers will be visible throughout the grounds and anyone who sees anything suspicious should approach us with their concerns.
“We will be making full use of Twitter this year to provide up-to-date information concerning the policing of this event and visitors to The Championships are encouraged to follow.
”Normal policing service in the borough will continue throughout the duration of the tournament and I would like to reassure our local residents and communities that Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be providing a visible presence and will be able to address any concerns you may have.”