WEST MIDLANDS Police is preparing for one of the largest security operations of its kind in the region as Birmingham gets ready to host the Conservative Party Conference 2018.
The event, which runs at the ICC from 30 September to 3 October, involves hundreds of officers from across the force to ensure a safe conference for more than 11,000 people.
As well as ensuring security for delegates, VIPs and other visitors, the force will also be facilitating people’s right to peaceful protest.
West Midlands Police has been working with local businesses and traders to advise them of disruption, which comes at a time when the city centre is already undergoing major regeneration.
People living, working and travelling through Birmingham over the next few weeks will need to know:
• Broad Street, Bridge Street and Cambridge Street will have restrictions and diversions for vehicles from 21 September to 5 October.
• Extra armed and unarmed police will be visible around the conference site.
• A number of demonstrations are planned during the conference period.
While there is no specific threat to the Conservative Party Conference, the threat level for international terrorism in the UK is severe.
The force has been working with Birmingham City Council, the ICC, the Hyatt, the Conservative Party and other partners for several months to ensure a safe and secure conference.
Operation Pelkin Information
Key updates will be shared via the @brumpolice Twitter account. More information about the current road closures and diversions in the city centre is available at https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/paradise
Chief Supt Dave Sturman, one of the commanders for the conference, said: “The world’s media will be focused on Birmingham throughout. It’s a monumental challenge with the UK Government moving to Birmingham, and 11,000 delegates and countless other visitors descending on our city.
“But with those challenges come the chance for West Midlands Police to shine. We’re working with partners around the city to deliver a safe conference for all.
“So what will it mean for you? If you’re travelling into the city centre at the end of September and beginning of October, you’ll need to think about restrictions on travel around the conference site.
“There’ll likely be protests and counter-protests and it’s our job to make sure they pass off peacefully.
“You’ll see lots of extra officers in the city, some armed and some unarmed. They’ll be happy to help if you’ve got any questions or concerns. If you see anything that looks odd or out of place, let us know and we’ll handle it.
“This year’s got some unique challenges, as Birmingham’s city scape continues to evolve. But we’ve got a great track record in delivering a safe and secure Conservative Party Conference, going right back to 2008 and this year will be no different.”