Games cop called to help Oz security
A formerWest Dunbartonshire senior police officer has travelled to Australia’s Gold Coast to advise on security arrangements for next year’s Commonwealth Games.
Superintendent Colin Martin, who was based at the Dumbarton office after overseeing operations during the games in Glasgow three years ago, has been involved in major event planning since Delhi hosted the competition in 2010.
The operation to police the games in Glasgow in 2014 was the biggest undertaken by Police Scotland and was hailed a“complete success”by police chiefs.
Almost 5000 athletes are expected to attend the Australian games, being billed as the country’s biggest event since the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
Superintendent Martin, who has almost 30 years of service, flew out to Delhi, the host city prior to Glasgow, to gain knowledge from operations there.
He was then deployed to London during the Olympics in 2012 and was the only non-Metropolitan Police officer allowed to shadow the commander at the opening ceremony.