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Bunker Facility Chosen As Venue For Police Firearms Training

The Bunker : 29 January, 2011  (Company News)
London's Metropolitan Police have been using secure data centres operated by The Bunker to train firearms officers making use of the facility's security features and unusual layout
The Bunker Secure Hosting, provider of Ultra Secure Data Centres and Managed Services has been selected by the Metropolitan Police Firearms Unit for armed police training purposes.

 

The Bunker was considered to be ideal to use as a training facility by the Metropolitan Police Firearms Unit, due to the uniqueness layout and physical security infrastructure. The Metropolitan Police started their training in the first week of January, and will continue once a week, practising different scenarios at The Bunker facilities for several months.

 

A senior Firearms Instructor at Metropolitan Police Firearms Unit, commented, “Using The Bunker’s site with its complex security systems and unusual layout enables us to practice realistic training scenarios. Having the use of such a superb venue enables us to develop rigorous and challenging training for our officers. The Bunker’s security staff are extremely professional and knowledgeable which aids us tremendously in the preparation, planning and execution of tactical scenarios.”

 

One scenario of the training exercise is that members of staff are taken hostage by terrorists inside a Data Centre. The Metropolitan Police would then use a tactical insertion to search and clear the area, disable the terrorists and rescue the hostages safely without affecting the operation of the data centre. Realism is brought to the exercise by using non-operational areas of The Bunker’s data centre and volunteer staff acting as hostages.

 

The Bunker’s security team are part of the exercise, working with the Metropolitan Police and enhancing their own skills. The Bunker’s security team prides itself on being the best in the business, made up of ex-military personnel with numerous years of experience and unparalleled levels of training, security is their passion.

 

A training exercise like this broadens the Metropolitan Police Service’s awareness on how the national infrastructure will be affected if these scenarios happen, and highlights the significance of data centres to the economy.



Paul Lightfoot, Chief Technology Officer at The Bunker, said: “I am delighted The Bunker has been chosen as a training site for the Metropolitan Police Firearms Unit to practice scenarios including Data Centre takeover situations. It underlines The Bunker’s strong security credentials and reinforces the fact that The Bunker is second to none in terms of security.

 

The partnership now in place between Metropolitan Police Firearms Unit and The Bunker illustrates the best practice and impeccable level of security governing our sites. It bolsters our already impressive collection of security accreditations; ISO 27001, PCI DSS and we look forward to continued working with the Metropolitan Police Firearms Unit in the future, and exploring the partnership in different areas of our business“.
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