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Police at Bristol Airport

Uniformed Operations

With more than 5,000 people working on site and nearly 700,000 passengers passing through each month, policing Bristol Airport is like policing a small town. 

Police at Bristol Airport
That’s why there is a dedicated Avon and Somerset Police team permanently based at the Airport, operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Like any other police unit, the team’s focus is on the safety and security of everyone on site and they work closely with Airport staff and other business partners to ensure this. 
The officers who make up the team are highly trained and are able to deal with anything from a disruptive passenger to responding to a major threat to an aircraft.

They work closely with their Avon and Somerset Police colleagues and are able to utilise all of the assets at the force’s disposal, including police dog units and armed officers. 
You will regularly see officers patrolling through the passenger concourse areas while they also take part in unpredictable Project Servator deployments.

If you need the assistance of a police officer while you are at Bristol Airport, please feel to approach one and they will be more than happy to help.  
Alternatively, contact any airport official who will be able to help call them to your location.

In an emergency, always call 999.

If the matter is not urgent and you’d like to contact the Airport Policing Team you can contact them via one of the forms on the Avon and Somerset website.

Counter Terrorism Officers

Many of the police officers working at Bristol Airport are members of the Counter Terrorism Policing South West regional collaboration.

They do not wear uniform but are identifiable by their 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.

They may ask you some basic questions about your travel plans. This is standard procedure and the public should not be alarmed.

These officers also have the power to detain people under the Terrorism Act 2000.

If you have any questions about the role of Counter Terrorism Officers at Bristol Airport, please contact the Airport Policing Team.