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Security & Policing

Security & Policing is where arms, border, policing and surveillance companies gather to exhibit equipment and technologies. It is a secretive, annual Home Office event that does not even allow journalists to attend.

Last updated: 28/07/2020

Security & Policing is where arms, border, policing and surveillance companies gather to exhibit equipment and technologies.

It takes place in Farnborough, Hampshire. It is a secretive, annual Home Office event that does not even allow journalists to attend.

ADS, the industry trade association that organises the event on behalf of the Home Office, states that it is

“the official UK Government event for the security sector and the only ‘closed’ event of its kind… it provides a unique environment for both UK stakeholders and specially-invited international customers.”

The government’s arms sales unit (DSE) is responsible for inviting international delegations.

The 2020 event took place from 3-5 March in Farnborough.

There were over 300 exhibitors, and delegations were invited from 64 countries including many with police forces that have been accused of torture. Delegations invited included Algeria, Bahrain, Brunei, Egypt, India, Israel, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and UAE.

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