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Security breach: main recommendations
A man arrested by police
Aaron Barschak, who sparked the alert
A police report into the security breach at Prince William's 21st birthday party at Windsor Castle has come up with 28 recommendations. Here are the main ones:

  • Consideration should be given to creating new legislation with a specific offence of trespassing into secure specified (ie royal/government) premises, as there is currently no deterrent.

  • There needs to be improved co-ordination between Thames Valley Police, Metropolitan Police and other key stakeholders on event planning. Roles, responsibilities and resourcing requirements need clarity.

  • Consideration should be given to the deployment of intelligence gatherers at royal events.

  • A protection co-ordinator should be deployed when the occasion merits.

  • The police control room needs to be upgraded...to improve operational effectiveness.

  • Resourcing levels in the police control room to be reviewed.

    New security posts

  • There needs to be operational policies and guidance on responding to alarm activations and results need to be recorded.

  • A full technical review of the alarm and CCTV systems at Windsor Castle should be undertaken by the Home Office Central Unit.

  • There needs to be a commitment to address operational deficiencies within a minimum time frame without financial restrictions.

  • There should be a review of the external perimeter of the castle and its grounds to identify vulnerable areas and where necessary make adjustments to the environment to prevent unauthorised access.

  • The Metropolitan Police should retain responsibility for the policing of Windsor Castle and its grounds. They should develop, in agreed protocols with Thames Valley Police, responsibility for the immediate external perimeter.

    Royal residences review

  • Regular joint training and exercising of contingency plans between the Metropolitan Police and Thames Valley Police would prove beneficial.

  • Thames Valley should present a business case to the Home Office for a number of Dedicated Security Posts to support the external policing of Windsor Castle.

  • A review of the policing style and resourcing at Windsor Castle may reveal a need to increase the number of officers dedicated to providing security.

  • Post rotation and a variety of duties is considered essential (in combating complacency among uniformed officers involved in policing Royal Palaces). There needs to be closer scrutiny over the amount of overtime worked by officers.

  • The incident should be the catalyst to review security at all royal residences in London and elsewhere.




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