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List of fictional Police Operations posted by Ben Aaronovitch on Twitter.[1]

The police operations names mentioned in the series. Many of them are Falcon related.

Police forces across the United Kingdom pick names off a list, which means - in theory - they will have no connection with the case.[2]

Operation Carthorse[]

Trying to apprehend Lesley May.[3] The SIO (Senior Investigating Officer) on the case is DI William Pollock.[4]

Operation Cartwheel[]

The Jason Dunlop murder case.[5]

Operation Fairground[]

Operation Fairground is a name used by Peter Grant, for a non-existing police operation on Nigerian counterfeiting gangs.[6]

Operation Fretwork[]

Run by NCA.[1][7]

Operation Harvest[]

Run by Belgravia.[8]

Operation Jennifer[]

The police name for the investigation in Lies Sleeping. Run by SAU.[1][9] Seawoll is Gold leader, Nightingale is Silver, Peter and Sahra Guleed are Bronze. It is run from the Folly with a full team of analysts.

Road-closed.jpg Periculum novum!
The following sections contain spoilers for Lies Sleeping, or later works.
This is a major operation, the goal of which is the catch Martin Chorley. As such, it takes over and amalgamates operations Tinker, Wentworth, Carthorse, Cartwheel, and Marigold. Staffing at the Folly is expanded to meet the needs of this project.

Operation Manticore[]

The search for Hannah Marstowe and Nicole Lacey. It was headed by DCI David Windrow.[3]

Operation Marigold[]

The case of the death of Christina Chorley.[4]

Operation Matchbox[]

Investigating the death of James Gallagher.[5]

Operation Polygon[]

The Brené McClaren missing person case. Run by the Thames Valley Police. [10]

Operation Sallic[]

The investigation of Robert Weil, and the woman he supposedly murdered. It was headed by DCI Douglas Manderly of the Sussex Police. The case was closed when Weil pleaded guilty to killing and burying an unknown woman. [11]

Operation Sapphire[]

The Met’s Rape Investigation Unit.[12]

Operation Strong Tower[]

The Met’s terrorist attack exercise for which the Folly is asked to provide magical effects. [1][13]

Operation Tinker[]

The investigation of the murder of George Trenchard. It was headed by DCI Maureen Duffy of the Bromley Police.[11] It took place in the spring of 2013.[14]

Operation Turquoise[]

The William Skirmish murder.[5]

Operation Wentworth[]

The illegal demolition of Skygarden Tower.[11]

Operation Willow[]

Anti-street robbery task force[15]

Project Guardian[]

A joint BTP/Met/Transport For London/City Police initiative dealing with sexual assaults and offensive behaviour on the transport system.[10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Aaronovitch, B. [Ben_Aaronovitch]. (2018, Jul 12). Another fictional operation is added to the Special Assessment Units roster of fame and fortune 👍 [Tweet]. Retrieved from
  2. BBC NEWS | Magazine | How do police operations get their names?. (2008). Retrieved from
  3. 3.0 3.1 Foxglove Summer
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Hanging Tree
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Whispers Under Ground
  6. False Value
  7. Favourite Uncle
  8. Body Work
  9. Lies Sleeping
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Furthest Station
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Broken Homes
  12. Rivers of London
  13. Lies Sleeping
  14. Night Witch