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Police and operators to get on same wavelength

radioThe Metropolitan Police are in discussions with the stadium operators London Stadium 185 in a bid to ensure a radio system is put in place to allow officers to police West Ham matches.

A statement from Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Terry, Specialist Crime & Operations sent to ClaretandHugh reads: “The stadium operators are responsible for the safety and comfort of their customers and staff. This includes disorderly behaviour that has not reached the level of criminality.

hampshire-police-airwave-usersThe Metropolitan Police Service will fulfil its legal responsibilities in relation to dealing with matters of criminality. The MPS is not able to provide Special Policing Services at this time as it would normally, as there is no satisfactory radio system across the ground.”

“This issue was highlighted to the stadium operators in October 2014 and the MPS has been in negotiation with stadium operators regarding the provision of Airwave radio inside the stadium.

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“During this time, the MPS had spoken to the stadium operators several times to highlight the consequences of not installing such a system. Until there is comprehensive Airwave radio coverage throughout the ground officers will not be routinely deployed within it under a Special Services agreement. The stadium operators have only very recently agreed to install a satisfactory radio system.”

However, it now seems certain that having agreed to bring the police in, the stadium operators will now ensure that a radio system is deployed to ensure the force can carry out its duties inside and outside the stadium.

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2 comments on “Police and operators to get on same wavelength

  1. Greater Meropolitan (sic) Police? Blimey, have they had to create a new force to cope with this, rather than leave it the plain old Metropolitan Police?

    Also, what’s the relevance of a pic of Besiktas’ stadium?

  2. All blown up out of proportion . Crazy . Talk about wagons ahoy . A little local disturbance had been turned into a media circus . What about all the very violent and muderous activities that go on in European stadiums ?? Ffs.
    Instead of calming things down West Ham have reacted by adding more fuel to the fledgling flame that was not barely alive to begin with . Now all hell is breaking loose .
    Can we go back to Upton Park ?, NO ( although many of us would like to ) so , we must make the LS work .. Nip it in the bud and ban certain individuals, ok . But that won’t solve the problem of moving to a place unsuitable for Football . We have to make it suitable by being sensible and coming together to make it our new home . The LS will be used for major football events for sure , but it must be also the Home of West Ham United . Let’s make it so instead of bickering .

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