12.05.23 – Staffordshire Police Officers supported King’s Coronation
Written by Hitmix Local News on 11 May 2023
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 29,000 officers lining the processional route, managing crowds and road closures, protecting high-profile individuals, and carrying out searches with specialist teams.
And of those officers that took part was PC Lisa Gibson. 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 selected and in complete shock, these opportunities only come around once in your career
Specialist firearms officers from Staffordshire were deployed in a variety of armed roles including protecting high-profile individuals.
Four officers from the Staffordshire 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, who spent time with all four officers and thanked them for their work.