Much of the work undertaken by the uniformed officers at Birmingham Airport is the same as that carried out in towns and cities – with a few duties that are unique to airport policing. We operate 24/7 and our primary role is the safety and security of everyone on site; this can be anything from locating a lost child to dealing with a major threat to an aircraft.
You will notice that some of our officers patrolling the main passenger concourse areas are armed. This is to provide additional security for a busy, high-profile location. These officers are highly trained and here for your protection. We work closely with our Border Force partners and have a dedicated neighbourhood officer that liaises with the commercial organisations that are based within the airport such as the shops and cafes. And not forgetting colleagues at the freight terminal too.
If you need the assistance of a police officer while you are at Birmingham Airport, any airport official will be able to help call us to your location. But in an emergency, call 999 and we will be alerted immediately. Alternatively if the matter is not urgent, call 101 or email the Airport Police Unit: [email protected]
Birmingham Airport is working in partnership with West Midlands Police to deter, detect and disrupt potential terrorist attacks and crime and make the public feel safer, as part of a nationally coordinated programme of operational police activity called Project Servator.
A number of specialist officers, including firearms and dog handlers, are taking part in a trial of new safety and security deployments and policing tactics. This is not in response to any particular threat and deployments are designed to complement our normal police patrols.
We rely on passengers and members of staff to report anything that doesn’t feel right. This could be an unattended item or someone acting suspiciously. Tell a police officer or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.
For more information about Project Servator please click here.
Counter Terrorism Officers
Many of the police officers working at Birmingham Airport are members of the regional Counter Terrorism Unit. They do not wear uniform but are identifiable by the police badge worn on a lanyard. These officers are here to assist the public in the same way as their uniformed colleagues.
The team operates all over the site but you are most likely to see them at work in the departure and arrival areas, near passport control points. They may ask you some basic questions about your travel plans. This is standard procedure and we appreciate your co-operation. Officers also have the power to detain people under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act.
You can find more information at following websites.
If you have any questions on the role of Counter Terrorism Officers at Birmingham Airport, please contact the department on: [email protected]