Prince sees riot police in training
PUBLISHED: 16:16 10 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:46 23 August 2010
THE Prince of Wales has been taken on a tour around the £50 million Metropolitan Police training centre during a visit to north Kent. On Tuesday Prince Charles was at the specialist unit in Mark Lane, Denton, Gravesend, to meet police trainees and watch
THE Prince of Wales has been taken on a tour around the £50 million Metropolitan Police training centre during a visit to north Kent.
On Tuesday Prince Charles was at the specialist unit in Mark Lane, Denton, Gravesend, to meet police trainees and watch demonstrations.
Arriving fashionably late, his Royal Highness was greeted by Assistant Commissioner Chris Allison and Commander Bob Broadhurst, before touring the state-of-the-art firearms and public order training facility.
Positioned in the safety of a high balcony, the heir to the throne watched a dramatic demonstration by the Territorial Support Group, (TSG) the Mets specialist unit that deals with public disorder, unfolding in the mock town below.
Speaking to the team afterwards, Prince Charles congratulated them for their efforts during both the G20 Summit and other public disorder incidents.
He said: "You are doing a fantastic job.
"It is tremendous what you are doing here. You are all highly trained experts I can see."
Wearing a smart navy blue suit and protective glasses the prince watched another demonstration in which a TSG officer abseiled down a 30ft wall before specialist firearms officers dramatically stopped a suspect vehicle.
The centre, which accommodates 302 officers, also houses specialist indoor and outdoor firing ranges, a stadium mock up and crowd simulator and a town mock up featuring house fronts and simulated street settings.
The public order training the prince witnessed is given to 10,000 officers a year and the facility also trains 7,000 students a year in firearms.
Prince Charles visited the centre after he met former sailors and Royal Marines at the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust's Pembroke House, a residential and nursing home in Gillingham.
Patron of the Trust since 1979, he made a speech to the war veterans and unveiled a plaque to mark his visit