Is there a new police investigation called Operation Fernbridge ?
Let’s look at this. My initial reaction when I saw this was that a very clever journalist, perhaps under legal restrictions not to write about Operation Fairbank, had written the story and changed the name of the investigation but other news outlets are referring to Operation Fernbrrigde and after applying Occam’s razor I have to accept that I must have been wrong about that.
Operational code names are supposedly random but that is not strictly true. There will never be a police Operation Penis or an Operation Hitler. Operational code names are meant to be distinctive, that is their purpose but even a casual observer can see that both Fairbank and Fernbridge are two syllable words, each syllable beginning with the same two letters, and that judging from the description of Operation Fernbridge it has exactly the same range and focus as Operation Fairbank.
I’m baffled, why have the Met done this ?
I’d be grateful to anyone who can offer a rational explanation.
*Just to note that the best answer received so far is that the code names represent ‘in jokes’. I really like this explanation because I like a copper to have a sense of humour. But I’m not convinced