PCC statement on Gatwick drone disruption, December 2018


The unprecedented circumstances of the drone incident at Gatwick Airport in December caused massive disruption and distress to thousands of people. Since then, a number of questions have been raised around the readiness of police and partner agencies to manage this type of eventuality.

In light of the Force’s recent internal debrief I will be scrutinising Sussex Police’s response to the incident and asking senior officers to share their learning. I will also seek assurances that partnership protocols are now in place to handle any future event of this kind.

Sussex Police’s response to the drone incident will be a key focus of my next PAM (Performance & Accountability Meeting), broadcast live at 12 noon on Friday 18th October here.


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