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RAF Police Provide Security for The Royal International Air Tattoo

RAF Police Regulars and Reserves are providing vital security support at the Royal International Air Tattoo held at RAF Fairford.

RAF Police from across the UK will work alongside Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Constabularies to deliver security resilience for the thousands of visitors who will attend the world’s largest Military Air Show. All of whom can be safe in the knowledge that their security is our priority.

RAF Police with Gloucestershire Constabulary

 “Over the course of the event, the Royal International Air Tattoo will attract around 160,000 spectators. Gloucestershire Police work jointly with a wide range of partners during, and in planning the event, to ensure public safety. We work closely with the RAF police to coordinate and deliver effective security for the event, and value the support and skills that the RAF police contribute.”

Superintendent Marcus Griffiths


The event can expect approximately 64,000 visitors per day so a high visibility guarding, and policing presence will ensure the safety of those attending. With Military Working Dogs teams searching vehicles and RAF Police providing support to customer entry points visitors to The Royal International Air Tattoo will be reassured that their security is a priority.

MWD Team searching a vehicle

Warrant Officer Roberts from No.3 RAuxAF Police Squadron has been working hard behind the scenes in the months leading up to the show.

 “The planning for this show commenced back in early Dec 21 and this will be my fourth time assisting in the delivery of Policing and Security.  It is a large scale and complex operation that requires a multi-agency approach and one of the reasons that it works so well is teamwork, cohesion and understanding of key personnel from Gloucester Police, Wiltshire Police, Royal Air Force  Charitable Trust Enterprise, RAF Cosford, USAF and many other agencies. There is a depth of knowledge from all of those who simply just make it happen.”

Warrant Officer Roberts

RAF Police at RIAT

Reservists are a key part of the RAF capability, providing a complementary and vital part in protecting the RAF. They bring a wide range of unique skills and thinking which enriches the way we operate.

Final Brief at RIAT

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