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Aviation security officers sworn in 15 March 2007

After successfully completing an intensive new training course, the team of aviation security officers at Isle of Man Airport were recently ‘sworn in’, confirming their status and police powers at Ronaldsway.

The Aviation Security Team provides full security cover and police presence at the Airport 24 hours a day, all year round, with three officers on duty during opening hours. Thirteen Aviation Security Officers (ASOs), some of whom have over 30 years of experience at the Airport, have completed the course.

Whilst they are on the Airport property, all ASOs have the same authority and powers as a regular police officer. Their duties can include anything from authorising visitors to the Airport and policing any road traffic offences, to managing disruptive passengers.

The recent training course was run by Astra Consulting Group, which also manages training for the Isle of Man Constabulary. The course covered general policing skills but majored on ‘aviation specific’ issues, which now ensures that the Airport complies with the new Air Navigation Order that comes into effect on 1 May 2007. On completion of the course, the officers were sworn in by Sally McMullen, Deputy Assistant Chief Registrar as Commissioner for Oaths.

During this course, the ASOs also received training from the Coroner’s Office, and are authorised to act on behalf of the Coroner at the Airport as and when required.

Airport Director designate Ann Reynolds said:

‘The Aviation Security Officers at Isle of Man Airport provide first class policing for this major point of entry to our Island. For this reason it’s important that the team is up to speed on the latest policing skills, which this latest training course has assured. The officers do a sterling job, and one that is often underestimated, so I’m pleased to see them gain some recognition for their hard work.’

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