London’s police force said the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth will be the biggest security operation it has ever undertaken, Reuters is reporting.
Stuart Cundy, London’s Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner, said his force will be deploying the largest number of officers on the city’s streets and the largest protection operation for world leaders and monarchs.
“I can confirm that this will be the largest single policing event that the Met Police has ever undertaken,” Cundy said.
“The range of officers, police staff and all those supporting the operation is truly immense.”
Cundy said the massive policing operation would surpass other major policing events in London, including the 2012 Olympics and the celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The police operation will be overseen by Sir Mark Rowley, who is in his first week in the job as the head of London’s police force after previously serving as the national lead for counter-terrorism.
Cundy said the force was preparing for events ranging from terrorism threats to protests and crowd crushes.
Additional police officers are being deployed to London from across Britain.