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Officers honoured to be part of King’s Coronation

As millions of people from across the world tuned in and large crowds gathered in London to see the crowning of King Charles III, a record number of police officers alongside firefighters and military personnel stood side-by-side to make it a safe and once-in-a-lifetime experience.

And of those emergency personnel that supported the Coronation, there was representation from Staffordshire.

Operation Golden Orb included officers lining the processional route, managing crowds and road closures, protecting high-profile individuals, and carrying out searches with specialist teams. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in central London as the King’s Procession travelled from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey.

Officers from Staffordshire Police were part of the 29,000 officers that were deployed in the lead up to Coronation Day continuing over the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend.

And of those officers that took part was PC Lisa Gibson. Both PC Gibson along with Sergeant Lauren Buckle were nominated by Chief Constable Chris Noble to attend for their contributions to the force.

Lisa said: “This opportunity was a very humbling experience. We felt immensely proud and filed with gratitude to witness this historic event and assist in the smooth running of it.

“We were stationed outside Buckingham Palace for the day and were moved to the Victoria Memorial for the balcony appearance.”

Lisa added: “We were shortlisted after winning a force award, and volunteered to be considered for the opportunity to attend.

“We were selected and in complete shock, these opportunities only come around once in your career. We felt extremely privileged to attend in such a professional capacity.”

Specialist firearms officers from our force were deployed in a variety of armed roles including protecting high-profile individuals.

Four of our officers from our roads policing unit, Sergeant Craig Beardsley, Sergeant Anthony McKenzie, Sergeant David Cruxton and PC Barry Joynson, also escorted His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan.

His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan spent time with all four officers and thanked them for their work.


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