140 Cumbrian officers to help police Olympic Games in London
Last updated at 12:43, Monday, 21 May 2012
More than 140 officers from Cumbria will be drafted into the national police operation surrounding the Olympics.
The force says the number involved will vary from day-to-day and should range from a maximum of about 65 on one day to as low as just one officer on another.
Most of those travelling to the Games will be general beat officers but some county police with specialist skills will also help.
Departments in Cumbria including the marine, public order, dog, search and firearms squads will be called upon.
The county force today confirmed the arrangements that are in place for its role in the 2012 Games, adding it would be “business as usual” in Cumbria.
A string of measures have been brought in to maximise the number of officers available to help with policing the Olympics while being able to continue everyday policing in the county. Annual leave has been restricted, non-essential training has been postponed and volunteer special constables are being called upon.
Michelle Skeer, the county’s assistant chief constable, said: “The Olympic Games presents a unique challenge for the UK policing service due to the scale of the event and number of people expected.
“Cumbria Constabulary, alongside other forces, is proud to support the policing effort.
“Officers who are being deployed from Cumbria to work in other forces have kindly volunteered.
“This has meant that we have been able to plan ahead to ensure our day-to-day policing arrangements are not affected.”
Cumbrian officers will help for 98 days of the overall policing operation, which runs from June 4 until September 16.
Most of the 141 county officers expected to be involved will help the Metropolitan Police in London and Dorset Police, forces which have the largest Games operations.
Mrs Skeer added: “In Cumbria it will be business as usual throughout the course of the Olympic Games.”
On peak days about 12,500 officers will police the Games nationally, with about 9,500 in London alone.
Fifty two forces have joined together to provide resources for the operation.
First published at 11:26, Monday, 21 May 2012
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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If we take 140 of our Cumbria Police down to London how do we police our own area properly? are we going to ask for Volunteers to fill the gaps?,is this the new Idea of our Prim Minister that we should all work for nothing,? I would have thought there was enough military Might down in London without our Police having to go down there, what a shambles,
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