Games cop called to help Oz se­cu­rity

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Jenny Foulds

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.

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