Northamptonshire officers to help police Olympics

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WITH just 67 days until the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Northamptonshire Police has been working with national colleagues to help resource what will be the country’s largest ever pre-planned policing operation

Overseen by AC Chris Allison, the National Olympic Security Coordinator, 51 forces have worked together to resource the 105-day long national policing operation, which begins on June 4 and runs until September 16.

Northamptonshire Police will support the operation by providing officers to assist for a total of 47 days.

Final planning for their deployments is underway, but the majority of officers will assist the Metropolitan Police and Dorset Police, which have the largest Games operations.

The commitment of the force varies each day, ranging from a maximum of around 82 officers to as low as just two officers on other days.

In total around 198 individual officers from Northamptonshire Police will contribute.

The force has adopted a range of measures to maximise the number of officers available to assist with the Games, but also to continue policing across the Force area.

Assistant Chief Constable Martin Jelley, who is overseeing the Force’s London 2012 operations, said: “The Olympic Games is the largest pre-planned peace time operation that many of us will ever see.

“Officers from across the force have volunteered to be part of the national response and we have local Olympic duties to provide safe passage for Olympic teams through the county.

“This is on top of our day-to-day business which certainly will not stop for the Olympics.

“I am extremely confident that we are fully prepared to play our role in delivering safe passage for the Olympic Torch through the county and supporting the national Olympic commitment.

“We have taken steps to maintain levels of local policing during the Olympic period and communities can be assured that we will still respond quickly and effectively when they need us.

“Officers are also working with our partners and with communities to ensure everyone can celebrate the Olympics safely.”