Royals Parks Constabulary merge with MPS

09 May 2006

New Scotland Yard

As of 8 May 2006, the Royal Parks Constabulary has officially merged with the Metropolitan Police Service.

The Royal Parks Operational Command Unit will sit within Territorial Policing.

"I am looking forward to enhancing and building on the successful work that has been ongoing in the parks."

The OCU has 131 police officers, 42 PCSOs and 10 police staff who have become members of the MPS.

Royal Parks Constabulary, police some 600 events in the parks each year ranging from ceremonial events to pop concerts and sporting events as well as being responsible for the policing of the many thousands of people who visit the parks daily.

Due to the merger, the Metropolitan Police Service has now becomes fully responsible for all of these. The OCU will be able to link in with the many resources available across the Met to assist with their daily policing.

Alongside the policing of events the command unit will focus on crime detection, prevention of crime and public reassurance.

The OCU will be adopting a Safer Neighbourhoods approach and be linking in with the park users' representatives to shape the policing priorities within the parks.

Supt Simon Ovens, who is in charge of the Royal Park OCU, said:

"We welcome the merger with our colleagues from the Royal Parks Constabulary and the transfer of policing to the MPS. The merger was designed to ensure a cohesive and effective policing across London.

"I am looking forward to enhancing and building on the successful work that has been ongoing in the parks.

"Our aim is to maintain the parks as a safe environment for all those who wish to use them but if you come to the park to commit crime or cause trouble expect to be dealt with in a robust way."