Al­most 180 cops to be in­volved in Olympic ef­fort

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

AL­MOST 180 po­lice of­fi­cers from Cam­bridgeshire will be pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice dur­ing this sum­mer’s Olympic Games.

Cam­bridgeshire Po­lice has con­firmed that around 178 in­di­vid­ual of­fi­cers from the force will con­trib­ute to the polic­ing ef­fort of the London 2012 Games.

The num­ber which will be em- ployed at any one time will vary and it is pos­si­ble that just a sin­gle of­fi­cer could be de­ployed on some days.

The ma­jor­ity of of­fi­cers trav­el­ling to po­lice the games will be gen­eral beat of­fi­cers, though some with spe­cial­ist skills may also be re­quired.

To mit­i­gate the im­pact on front­line polic­ing in the county, the force is re­strict­ing an­nual leave dur­ing the Games, while of­fer­ing of­fi­cers the chance to vol­un­teer for shifts in London or Dorset, where the sail­ing is be­ing held.

As­sis­tant chief con­sta­ble Mark Hop­kins said: “This will be the largest ever pre-planned polic­ing op­er­a­tion and we are keen to as­sist with the Games.

“How­ever, I’d like to re­as­sure the res­i­dents of Cam­bridgeshire we will be main­tain­ing lo­cal polic­ing.

“Many of our of­fi­cers have vol­un­teered to be in­volved in the world’s big­gest cel­e­bra­tion of sport, cul­ture and lo­cal he­roes.

“It’s an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity for of­fi­cers to be in­volved in the polic­ing of public events on the world stage.

“The num­ber of of­fi­cers sup­port­ing the op­er­a­tion is based on the size of our force and whether or not we are host­ing an Olympic venue.”

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