posted on Dec, 10 2010 @ 10:35 AM
I don't think you guys understand how incompetent the British are when it comes to VIP protection. While they do have dedicated security it pales in
comparison to our US Secret Service. The London Metropolitan Police Royalty Protection Branch only has about 600 officers as opposed to almost 5,000
US Secret Service special agents and uniformed officers. That's 600 officers responsible for everything from close protection for 20+ members of the
Royal Family and uniformed officers manning gates, guard posts, security control rooms, etc in a dozen different Royal residences. The motorcade is
provided by a separate group pf Metropolitan Police officers from the Special Escort Group. All officers assigned to both groups are armed with Glock
17 pistols, batons, CS spray, etc. Heckler & Koch G36 rifles and MP5 submachine guns are available for use in emergencies.
If you look closely at the video you will see that his car is being followed by a 2nd car; that car was filled with Royalty Protection officers,
additionally the driver and front seat passenger in the Prince's car were also Royalty Protection officers. Why they reacted so horribly (lowering
windows, not hitting the gas and speeding off, etc) is beyond me. It's pretty obvious that they need to take a few lessons from our Secret Service as
well as a massive increase in manpower (they need at least 1,000 officers up from the current 600). I feel that the British Army's Household Division
and the SAS also need to play a role in Royalty security as well. Currently the police protect the persons of the Royal Family while the Army protects
the buildings/grounds and the institution of the monarchy.
edit on 10-12-2010 by ChrisF231 because: (no reason given)