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Gatwick Aviation Watch

Organisational Change

On the 1st October 2013 the Gatwick Neighbourhood Policing Team (Internal and External) becomes the Airport Community Safety Team.

What does this mean for you?

Moving to one team means we can be more flexible and impactive in tailoring our activity to the needs of the Airport Community. We will become more visible with more members of the team actively engaged in areas where they can make the biggest difference.
We are as determined as ever to maintain our relationship with the community under and around the Gatwick flight path. Over the last few years this has proved invaluable passing on excellent information which we have been able to use effectively. Aviation Enthusiasts are an integral part of this community.
You will notice some different faces patrolling in your area. We are equipping all members of our team with the skills to be able to effectively patrol under the Gatwick flight path. This links to the flexibility we referred to above and enables us to provide greater visibility.
Following on from the successful Aviation Enthusiast event on 22nd September I want to take this opportunity to reinforce the key message:

You are our eyes and ears, we cannot do it alone. If you see or hear anything out of the ordinary or you view as suspicious, please report it.

Inspector Mark Callaghan   Inspector Gary Medland
Aviation Partnerships Inspector   Aviation Security Inspector

The Airport Community Safety Team.

Important message to Watch members.

If you are already a Watch member and have changed your EMail address since joining please EMail your new address to GATPOL

Please apply for a Gatwick Aviation Watch card if you have not yet done so. Please wear it visibly when in and around the Airport.

Gatwick Police now have a dedicated Aviation Watch site on Twitter.

Search on @GatwickSkywatch or @GatpolSkywatch to locate.

This site will be used to promote the scheme and for news, events ot anything aviation enthusiast related.


Gatwick Aviation Watch Scheme

As an aviation enthusiast at London Gatwick Airport you are valued as the eyes and ears of the Police and airport community.

Most other airports in the UK have some form of aviation enthusiasts society or club. Gatwick is no different with its own ‘Gatwick Aviation Society' with some 300 plus members. However unlike other airports we, the Gatwick Police who are part of Sussex Police, do not have any structured liaison with the society or other aviation enthusiasts who frequent the airport.

In conjunction with the Gatwick Aviation Society and ‘The Original Gatwick Spotters' News Group on Google, we have set up an Aviation Enthusiasts Photo ID Card Scheme similar to those at some other airports to promote a closer working relationship with enthusiasts.

The card is available to those who complete an application form and we ask that you produce it when requested by any Police Officer or Airport Security staff member whilst at the airport. It does not give you any additional rights over any other member of the public but does show your enthusiasm in helping us protect the airport from criminals and defeat the terrorist threat.

It also enables us to have regular contact with yourselves via e-mail or letter giving an overview of what we are looking for and conversely a contact for you to report anything suspicious.

Please fill in the attached form with your contact details and any suggestions you may have to make this project the best we can for all parties involved.

Thanking you in anticipation

Inspector Mark Callaghan


View and Print the Form by clicking HERE

Please send completed form to;

Gatwick Airport Police Aviation Enthusiasts
Scheme Administrator
Richard Griffith
C/o Police Station, Perimeter Road North , Gatwick Airport , West Sussex , RH6 0JE