“I have been fortunate in my career to have been involved in a number of large events both from a firearms and public order perspective and am honoured to be part of the firearms command team for the funeral of HM The Queen.
“One of my proudest memories was being the Public Order Silver Commander for Royal Ascot.
“The Queen visited Royal Ascot for many years; the event has tradition, attracts large crowds, is watched by millions across the globe and is quintessentially British.
“It is also one of the largest annual sporting events in Europe and so the policing response has a strong emphasis on the security of The Queen and other dignitaries. It takes a lot of detailed planning; relying on the support and professionalism of many colleagues.
“Watching The Queen travelling down the racecourse in her open top carriage, in front of thousands of applauding public, was something to experience. It just isn’t replicated anywhere in the world and I feel very fortunate to be able to say that I have witnessed it.
“Many of my team will be patrolling Windsor throughout this period of national mourning and I feel incredibly proud to have been a part of planning the security for this moment in history.”
Superintendent Gavin Wong, Head of Firearms, Thames Valley Police